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Keg of Nails
Teams Cincinnati Bearcats
Louisville Cardinals
Originated 1929
Trophy Series Cincinnati leads, 30-21-1[1]
Longest UC Win Streak 12 (1929–1969)
Longest UL Win Streak 5 (2003–2007)
Current Holder Louisville

Louisville logo

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

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. 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.

Game resultsEdit

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

# Date Site Winning team Losing team Series
1 October 2, 1929 Louisville, KY Cincinnati7Louisville0 UC 1-0
2 September 24, 1938 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati19Louisville0 UC 2-0
3 September 28, 1940 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati7Louisville0 UC 3-0
4 September 27, 1941 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati28Louisville7 UC 4-0
5 September 26, 1942 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati51Louisville0 UC 5-0
6 October 7, 1950 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati28Louisville20 UC 6-0
7 October 13, 1951 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati38Louisville0 UC 7-0
8 November 7, 1953 Louisville, KY Cincinnati41Louisville0 UC 8-0
9 November 12, 1966 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati17Louisville3 UC 9-0
10 November 11, 1967 Louisville, KY Cincinnati13Louisville7 UC 10-0
11 November 9, 1968 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati37Louisville7 UC 11-0
12 November 8, 1969 Louisville, KY Cincinnati31Louisville21 UC 12-0
13 November 14, 1970 Cincinnati, OH Louisville28Cincinnati14 UC 12-1
14 November 27, 1971 Louisville, KY Cincinnati19Louisville16 UC 13-1
15 October 28, 1972 Cincinnati, OH Louisville38Cincinnati13 UC 13-2
16 October 27, 1973 Louisville, KY Louisville10Cincinnati8 UC 13-3
17 September 28, 1974 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati7Louisville6 UC 14-3
18 September 27, 1975 Louisville, KY Cincinnati46Louisville27 UC 15-3
19 November 27, 1976 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati20Louisville6 UC 16-3
20 September 17, 1977 Louisville, KY Cincinnati17Louisville17 UC 16-3-1
21 September 23, 1978 Cincinnati, OH Louisville28Cincinnati14 UC 16-4-1
22 September 22, 1979 Louisville, KY Louisville22Cincinnati19 UC 16-5-1
23 November 15, 1980 Louisville, KY Louisville20Cincinnati0 UC 16-6-1
24 November 14, 1981 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati24Louisville0 UC 17-6-1
25 September 11, 1982 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati38Louisville16 UC 18-6-1
26 September 24, 1983 Louisville, KY Louisville31Cincinnati23 UC 18-7-1
27 October 27, 1984 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati40Louisville21 UC 19-7-1
28 October 19, 1985 Louisville, KY Cincinnati31Louisville9 UC 20-7-1
29 October 4, 1986 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati24Louisville17 UC 21-7-1
30 September 12, 1987 Louisville, KY Cincinnati25Louisville0 UC 22-7-1
31 October 29, 1988 Cincinnati, OH Louisville21Cincinnati6 UC 22-8-1
32 September 30, 1989 Louisville, KY Louisville37Cincinnati17 UC 22-9-1
33 November 3, 1990 Cincinnati, OH Louisville41Cincinnati16 UC 22-10-1
34 October 5, 1991 Louisville, KY Cincinnati30Louisville7 UC 23-10-1
35 October 31, 1992 Cincinnati, OH Louisville27Cincinnati17 UC 23-11-1
36 October 26, 1996 Louisville, KY Cincinnati10Louisville7 UC 24-11-1
37 November 8, 1997 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati28Louisville9 UC 25-11-1
38 October 3, 1998 Louisville, KY Louisville62Cincinnati19 UC 25-12-1
39 November 6, 1999 Cincinnati, OH Louisville23Cincinnati13 UC 25-13-1
40 October 14, 2000 Louisville, KY Louisville38Cincinnati24 UC 25-14-1
41 October 27, 2001 Cincinnati, OH Louisville28Cincinnati13 UC 25-15-1
42 November 7, 2002 Louisville, KY Cincinnati24Louisville14 UC 26-15-1
43 November 28, 2003 Cincinnati, OH Louisville43Cincinnati40 UC 26-16-1
44 November 27, 2004 Louisville, KY #9 Louisville70Cincinnati7 UC 26-17-1
45 October 22, 2005 Cincinnati, OH Louisville46Cincinnati22 UC 26-18-1
46 October 14, 2006 Louisville, KY #7 Louisville23Cincinnati17 UC 26-19-1
47 October 13, 2007 Cincinnati, OH Louisville28#17 Cincinnati24 UC 26-20-1
48 November 14, 2008 Louisville, KY Cincinnati28#22 Louisville20 UC 27-20-1
49 November 24, 2009 Cincinnati, OH #6 Cincinnati41Louisville10 UC 28-20-1
50 October 15, 2010 Louisville, KY Cincinnati35Louisville27 UC 29-20-1
51 October 15, 2011 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati25Louisville16 UC 30-20-1
52 October 26, 2012 Louisville, KY #16 Louisville34Cincinnati31 UC 30-21-1

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