Notre Dame Football’s Rivalry Trophies

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Sep 13, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish running back Tarean Folston (25) runs with the ball against the Purdue Boilermakers at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Shillelagh Trophy / Purdue

It is simply called The Shillelagh Trophy. It was donated by a merchant seaman and Fighting Irish fan, Joe McLaughlin. He purchased the blackthorn oak club while in Ireland.

The winner of the game has received this trophy since the 1957 game. The winner has its initials put on a football medallion along with the score, and that is placed on the oak stand the Shillelagh sits upon.

The Irish hold a 58-26-2 record all-time against the Boilermakers, making this in-state-rivalry-trophy-game a bit underwhelming for most Irish fans, but it was the only school from Notre Dame’s home state of Indiana that the Fighting Irish would play each year. With new scheduling philosophies throughout the country, this annual series has ended. The Irish next face Purdue in 2020.

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