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.[2][2][2][2][2][3][3][3][3][3][4][5][5][5][5][5] 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. Ohio leads the all-time series over Marshall 33–20–6.

Statistics

MarshallOhio
Games played59
Wins2033
Home wins1322
Road wins611
Neutral wins10
Consecutive wins66
Most total points in a game76 (1977)
Most points in a win4459
Most points in a loss3528
Fewest total points in a game0 (1933)
Largest margin of victory3159
Smallest margin of victory13
Total points scored in series9071247
Shut-outs of opposing team311
Sources: [6]

Game results

Marshall victories are colored ██ Marshall green. Ohio victories colored ██ Ohio green. Ties are white.

#DateSiteWinning teamLosing teamSeries
11905–11–11Huntington, West VirginiaMarshall    6Ohio          5MU 1–0
21908–10–03Athens, OhioOhio59Marshall0Tied 1–1
31911–10–21AthensOhio5Marshall5Tied 1–1–1
41915–10–20HuntingtonOhio21Marshall7OU 2–1–1
51920–10–16AthensOhio55Marshall0OU 3–1–1
61933–11–11HuntingtonMarshall0Ohio0OU 3–1–2
71934–10–27AthensOhio8Marshall0OU 4–1–2
81935–10–19AthensOhio20Marshall13OU 5–1–2
91936–10–10AthensOhio13Marshall13OU 5–1–3
101937–10–30HuntingtonMarshall13Ohio13OU 5–1–4
111938–11–19AthensOhio14Marshall7OU 6–1–4
121949–10–29HuntingtonMarshall14Ohio6OU 6–2–4
131950–11–23AthensOhio14Marshall6OU 7–2–4
141951–11–22HuntingtonMarshall13Ohio13OU 7–2–5
151952–11–22AthensOhio21Marshall21OU 7–2–6
161953–11–21HuntingtonMarshall9Ohio6OU 7–3–6
171954–11–20AthensOhio26Marshall25OU 8–3–6
181955–09–24AthensOhio13Marshall6OU 9–3–6
191956–11–17AthensOhio16Marshall0OU 10–3–6
201957–10–26HuntingtonMarshall34Ohio28OU 10–4–6
211958–10–25AthensOhio22Marshall0OU 11–4–6
221959–11–07HuntingtonOhio21Marshall14OU 12–4–6
231960–11–05AthensOhio19Marshall0OU 13–4–6
241961–11–04HuntingtonOhio14Marshall7OU 14–4–6
251962–11–03AthensOhio35Marshall0OU 15–4–6
261963–11–23HuntingtonOhio17Marshall0OU 16–4–6
271964–11–21AthensMarshall10Ohio0OU 16–5–6
281965–11–20HuntingtonMarshall29Ohio14OU 16–6–6
291966–11–19AthensOhio28Marshall6OU 17–6–6
301967–09–23HuntingtonOhio48Marshall14OU 18–6–6
311968–09–21AthensOhio48Marshall8OU 19–6–6
321969–11–22HuntingtonOhio38Marshall35OU 20–6–6
331971–11–20HuntingtonOhio30Marshall0OU 21–6–6
341972–11–18AthensMarshall31Ohio14OU 21–7–6
351973–11–18HuntingtonOhio35Marshall21OU 22–7–6
361974–11–23AthensOhio35Marshall0OU 23–7–6
371975–11–22HuntingtonOhio38Marshall21OU 24–7–6
381977–09–10HuntingtonOhio49Marshall27OU 25–7–6
391979–09–22AthensOhio35Marshall0OU 26–7–6
401980–11–08AthensOhio28Marshall20OU 27–7–6
411985–09–14HuntingtonMarshall31Ohio7OU 27–8–6
421986–09–13AthensMarshall21Ohio7OU 27–9–6
431987–09–12AthensOhio23Marshall15OU 28–9–6
441988–09–10HuntingtonMarshall31Ohio14OU 28–10–6
451997–11–15HuntingtonMarshall27Ohio0OU 28–11–6
461998–10–10AthensMarshall30Ohio23OU 28–12–6
471999–10–30HuntingtonMarshall34Ohio3OU 28–13–6
482000–11–18AthensOhio38Marshall28OU 29–13–6
492001–11–17HuntingtonMarshall42Ohio18OU 29–14–6
502002–11–23AthensMarshall24Ohio21OU 29–15–6
512003–11–28HuntingtonMarshall28Ohio0OU 29–16–6
522004–10–09AthensMarshall16Ohio13OU 29–17–6
532009–12–26Ford Field, DetroitMarshall21Ohio17OU 29–18–6
542010–09–25HuntingtonMarshall24Ohio23OU 29–19–6
552011–09–17AthensOhio44Marshall7OU 30–19–6
562012–09–15HuntingtonOhio27Marshall24OU 31–19–6
572013–09–14AthensOhio34Marshall31OU 32–19–6
582014–09–13HuntingtonMarshall44Ohio14OU 32–20–6
572015–09–12AthensOhio21Marshall10OU 33–20–6

The 1970 meeting was canceled due to the crash of Southern Airways Flight 932, which killed nearly the entire Marshall team.