The Indy Bowl

first_imgAccording to an Indianapolis Star article, one of the earliest (if not earliest) bowl game involving Indiana colleges took place in 1889 in what is now the Tech High School area of Indianapolis.  It involved Purdue and Butler.It so happened that there was a blizzard on that Thanksgiving Day in 1889, so only about 250 braved the conditions and watched Butler shut out Purdue 14-0.The next year these same two teams got together on Thanksgiving for what was again billed as an Indiana Football Bowl.  The two undefeated teams had quite a battle before a winner was determined.  In front of a crowd estimated at 5,000, the fans saw Purdue jump out to a 10-0 lead, but Butler battled back and won this game 12-10.So, before the advent of Big Ten Football, the Rose Bowl, and the new football playoff format, Purdue and Butler got together on Thanksgiving and played two memorable football games.  Since then, of course, Purdue has moved up to Division I in football and Butler plays in a lower division.  The two teams have not played against one another for years.last_img read more