|First contested||October 18, 1924|
Indiana State 47, Ball State 0
|Number of meetings||65|
|Most recent meeting||September 13, 2014|
Indiana State 27, Ball State 20
|Next meeting||September 16, 2023|
|All-time series||Ball State leads, 38–24–1|
|Largest victory||Indiana State, 47–0 (1924)|
|Longest win streak||Ball State, 6 (1988–2003)|
|Current streak||Indiana State, 1 (2014–present)|
The Blue Key Victory Bell is presented to the winner of the college football game between Ball State University and Indiana State University. The two schools met regularly between 1924 and 1991 but sporadically since that season. They have competed for the Victory Bell since 1940; from 1924–1947 they were Indiana Intercollegiate Conference rivals and from 1951–1967, they were Indiana Collegiate Conference rivals. Ball State was a regional campus of Indiana State University from 1918–1961; beginning in the 1961–62 academic year, Ball State has operated independently.
Early in the series, games would be played either at Terre Haute, Indiana (hosted by Indiana State) or Muncie, Indiana (hosted by Ball State). The first two games between the schools took place at Terre Haute in 1924 and 1925; then the series between the schools continued on a near home-and-home basis from 1931 to 1983. From 1984 to 1989, the games were played at a neutral site, Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis; during this era, Indiana State moved down to Division I-AA (now Division I FCS) while Ball State remained Division I-A (now Division I FBS). The last home-and-home cycle for this game was in 1990 and 1991. Since 2002, all games in this series have been played in Muncie. The Victory Bell continues to be the official game trophy, even though the Ball State/Indiana state series has become less frequent since the 1990s.
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