The Keg of Nails

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Keg of Nails
TeamsCincinnati Bearcats
Louisville Cardinals
Originated1929
Trophy SeriesCincinnati leads, 30-22-1[1]
Longest UC Win Streak12 (1929–1969)
Longest UL Win Streak5 (2003–2007)
Current HolderLouisville
 
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Keg of Nails
TeamsCincinnati Bearcats
Louisville Cardinals
Originated1929
Trophy SeriesCincinnati leads, 30-22-1[1]
Longest UC Win Streak12 (1929–1969)
Longest UL Win Streak5 (2003–2007)
Current HolderLouisville

The Keg of Nails is a traveling trophy in college football, awarded since 1929 to the winner of games between the Universities of Louisville (U of L) and Cincinnati (UC), cities now connected by Interstate 71.

Known more for an intense basketball rivalry and tradition, U of L and UC have a football rivalry that has stretched over the span of four conferences from the Missouri Valley Conference, to the Metro Conference to Conference USA, and more recently in the Big East Conference, which in 2013 was renamed to the American Athletic Conference. It is believed to be the oldest rivalry for the Louisville football team and the second oldest for Cincinnati, only behind the annual game with the Miami RedHawks.

The trophy is a replica of a keg used to ship nails. The exchange is believed to have been initiated by fraternity chapters on the UC and U of L campuses, signifying that the winning players in the game were "tough as nails."

The present keg is actually a replacement for the original award, which was misplaced by Louisville, lost during some construction of office facilities. It is adorned with the logos of both schools and the scores of the series games.

The rivalry will go on hiatus after the 2013 season, as Louisville is due to move to the Atlantic Coast Conference on July 1, 2014.

Game results[edit]

Cincinnati victories are shaded ██ black. Louisville victories are shaded ██ red. Ties are unshaded.

#DateSiteWinning teamLosing teamSeries
1October 2, 1929Louisville, KYCincinnati7Louisville0UC 1-0
2September 24, 1938Cincinnati, OHCincinnati19Louisville0UC 2-0
3September 28, 1940Cincinnati, OHCincinnati7Louisville0UC 3-0
4September 27, 1941Cincinnati, OHCincinnati28Louisville7UC 4-0
5September 26, 1942Cincinnati, OHCincinnati51Louisville0UC 5-0
6October 7, 1950Cincinnati, OHCincinnati28Louisville20UC 6-0
7October 13, 1951Cincinnati, OHCincinnati38Louisville0UC 7-0
8November 7, 1953Louisville, KYCincinnati41Louisville0UC 8-0
9November 12, 1966Cincinnati, OHCincinnati17Louisville3UC 9-0
10November 11, 1967Louisville, KYCincinnati13Louisville7UC 10-0
11November 9, 1968Cincinnati, OHCincinnati37Louisville7UC 11-0
12November 8, 1969Louisville, KYCincinnati31Louisville21UC 12-0
13November 14, 1970Cincinnati, OHLouisville28Cincinnati14UC 12-1
14November 27, 1971Louisville, KYCincinnati19Louisville16UC 13-1
15October 28, 1972Cincinnati, OHLouisville38Cincinnati13UC 13-2
16October 27, 1973Louisville, KYLouisville10Cincinnati8UC 13-3
17September 28, 1974Cincinnati, OHCincinnati7Louisville6UC 14-3
18September 27, 1975Louisville, KYCincinnati46Louisville27UC 15-3
19November 27, 1976Cincinnati, OHCincinnati20Louisville6UC 16-3
20September 17, 1977Louisville, KYCincinnati17Louisville17UC 16-3-1
21September 23, 1978Cincinnati, OHLouisville28Cincinnati14UC 16-4-1
22September 22, 1979Louisville, KYLouisville22Cincinnati19UC 16-5-1
23November 15, 1980Louisville, KYLouisville20Cincinnati0UC 16-6-1
24November 14, 1981Cincinnati, OHCincinnati24Louisville0UC 17-6-1
25September 11, 1982Cincinnati, OHCincinnati38Louisville16UC 18-6-1
26September 24, 1983Louisville, KYLouisville31Cincinnati23UC 18-7-1
27October 27, 1984Cincinnati, OHCincinnati40Louisville21UC 19-7-1
28October 19, 1985Louisville, KYCincinnati31Louisville9UC 20-7-1
29October 4, 1986Cincinnati, OHCincinnati24Louisville17UC 21-7-1
30September 12, 1987Louisville, KYCincinnati25Louisville0UC 22-7-1
31October 29, 1988Cincinnati, OHLouisville21Cincinnati6UC 22-8-1
32September 30, 1989Louisville, KYLouisville37Cincinnati17UC 22-9-1
33November 3, 1990Cincinnati, OHLouisville41Cincinnati16UC 22-10-1
34October 5, 1991Louisville, KYCincinnati30Louisville7UC 23-10-1
35October 31, 1992Cincinnati, OHLouisville27Cincinnati17UC 23-11-1
36October 26, 1996Louisville, KYCincinnati10Louisville7UC 24-11-1
37November 8, 1997Cincinnati, OHCincinnati28Louisville9UC 25-11-1
38October 3, 1998Louisville, KYLouisville62Cincinnati19UC 25-12-1
39November 6, 1999Cincinnati, OHLouisville23Cincinnati13UC 25-13-1
40October 14, 2000Louisville, KYLouisville38Cincinnati24UC 25-14-1
41October 27, 2001Cincinnati, OHLouisville28Cincinnati13UC 25-15-1
42November 7, 2002Louisville, KYCincinnati24Louisville14UC 26-15-1
43November 28, 2003Cincinnati, OHLouisville43Cincinnati40UC 26-16-1
44November 27, 2004Louisville, KY#9 Louisville70Cincinnati7UC 26-17-1
45October 22, 2005Cincinnati, OHLouisville46Cincinnati22UC 26-18-1
46October 14, 2006Louisville, KY#7 Louisville23Cincinnati17UC 26-19-1
47October 13, 2007Cincinnati, OHLouisville28#17 Cincinnati24UC 26-20-1
48November 14, 2008Louisville, KY#22 Cincinnati28Louisville20UC 27-20-1
49November 24, 2009Cincinnati, OH#6 Cincinnati41Louisville10UC 28-20-1
50October 15, 2010Louisville, KYCincinnati35Louisville27UC 29-20-1
51October 15, 2011Cincinnati, OHCincinnati25Louisville16UC 30-20-1
52October 26, 2012Louisville, KY#16 Louisville34Cincinnati31UC 30-21-1
53December 5, 2013Cincinnati, OH#19 Louisville31Cincinnati24UC 30-22-1

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