2023 Monon Bell

The “Monon Bell” is a football rivalry between DePauw University (in Greencastle, IN; my wife and I are ’86 graduates and our youngest daughter attends there now) and Wabash College (in Crawfordsville, IN) that began in 1890. It wasn’t until 1932 that the the bell itself was instituted as the traveling trophy. The Monon Bell is the 6th most played D3 rivalry and the 12th most played in college football.

The bell itself was a gift by the Monon Railroad and was presented by Russell Alexander the day before the 1932 game. The 300-pound bell was taken from one of the Monon Railroad’s locomotives. The bell has been stolen at least 8 times by students of the losing college.

DePauw won the 129th Monon Bell 33-30 in double overtime. This was the first time in history that the game went into overtime.


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