Battle for the Bell
First contestedNovember 11, 1905
Marshall 6, Ohio 5
Number of meetings59
Most recent meetingSeptember 12, 2015
Ohio 21, Marshall 10
Next meetingSeptember 14, 2019
All-time seriesOhio leads 33–20–6
Largest victoryOhio, 59–0 (1908)
Longest win streakOhio, 6 (1958–1963)
Ohio, 6 (1973–1980)
Marshall, 6 (2001–2010)
Current streakOhio, 1 (2015–present)

Script error The Battle for the Bell is an American college football rivalry game played by the Marshall Thundering Herd football team of Marshall University and the Ohio Bobcats football team of Ohio University.[1][2] It is a regional rivalry, with the universities' campuses located about 80 miles (130 km) from each other, with a bell awarded as the trophy for the winner of the game. With Marshall's move from the Mid-American Conference to Conference USA in 2005, this rivalry game was on hiatus for several years. The series unexpectedly resumed in 2009 when the Herd and Bobcats faced off in the 2009 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, which Marshall won 21–17. A six-year contract between the schools began in 2010. The six-year series contract between the two schools was not renewed following the 2015 season. However, the rivalry series will return for 2019 and 2020, when Marshall and Ohio are scheduled to play a home-and-home against one another; first at Marshall, then at Ohio. Ohio leads the all-time series over Marshall 33–20–6.


Marshall Ohio
Games played 59
Wins 20 33
Home wins 13 22
Road wins 6 11
Neutral wins 1 0
Consecutive wins 6 6
Most total points in a game 76 (1977)
Most points in a win 44 59
Most points in a loss 35 28
Fewest total points in a game 0 (1933)
Largest margin of victory 31 59
Smallest margin of victory 1 1
Total points scored in series 917 1268
Shut-outs of opposing team 4 12
Sources: [1]

Game resultsEdit

Script error The 1970 meeting was canceled due to the crash of Southern Airways Flight 932.

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