University of Illinois



The winner of the Ohio State – Illinois game receives the Illibuck trophy, one of the oldest rivalry trophies in college football. The tradition started in 1925 when Junior honorary Bucket & Dipper at OSU, and Sophmore and Junior honorary Atius-Sachem at the University of Illinois, got together to celebrate the winner. “Illy” Illibuck, as he is nicknamed, was originally a live turtle, but following his death in 1927 has since been a wooden replica with scores of each year’s game carved on its back.   Each fall, “The Illibuck Pass” takes place, when members of Bucket and Dipper and Atius-Sachem meet on the field to pass the trophy to the victor of the previous year’s game.