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COVID Sidelines Bronze Turkey

Nov 19, 2020
Originally published on November 19, 2020 8:57 am

For the first time in more than 70 years, one of the oldest football rivalries in college sports will not be renewed. The annual football game between two small colleges in western Illinois, Knox and Monmouth, has been called off. 

And the reason of course is the pandemic. In fact, this will be only the second time the Knox - Monmouth football game has been missed since 1888 - previously only World War 2 could get in the way of the annual game, in 1943 through 1945.

Because the game is played each year near Thanksgiving, the winner takes home the Bronze Turkey trophy, once named by ESPN to its list of "strangest rivalry trophies."

Monmouth currently leads in the series with 70 wins, including its current 21 game winning streak. Knox has won 50, and they’ve tied 10 times.

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