University of Illinois


The Cannon Trophy
In 1905, a group of Purdue students took a cannon to Champaign in anticipation of firing it to celebrate a Boiler victory. The cannon was confiscated during the game, and was reportedly kept by an Illini alumnus who, in 1943, suggested it be presented to the winner of the game each year. The cannon was last fired on Nov. 4, 2001, but is still presented to the winner each year. Student organizations Tomahawk Service and Leadership honorary at Purdue and Illini Pride of Illinois maintain the trophy.