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Victory Bell (UCLA-USC)Description : The Victory Bell is the trophy that is awarded to the winner of the UCLA–USC football rivalry game. The game is an American college football rivalry between the UCLA Bruins and USC Trojans.The Victory Bell is a 295-pound brass bell that originally rang atop a Southern Pacific railroad locomotive. It is currently mounted on a special wheeled carriage.The bell was given to the UCLA student body in 1939 as a gift from the school's alumni association. Initially, the UCLA cheerleaders rang the bel... Page:v95

Victory Bell (UCLA-USC)
USC logo
TeamsUCLA Bruins
USC Trojans
First meeting1929
Trophy originated1942
First meeting1929 (USC 76–0)
Last meeting2015 (USC 40-21)
Next meetingNovember 19, 2016
SeriesUSC leads, 45–31–7
(2 wins vacated)
Trophy seriesUSC leads, 39–31–4
Longest streakUCLA, 8 (1991-1998)
Current holderUSC

The Victory Bell is the trophy that is awarded to the winner of the UCLA–USC football rivalry game. The game is an American college football rivalry between the UCLA Bruins and USC Trojans.

The Victory Bell is a 295-pound brass bell that originally rang atop a Southern Pacific railroad locomotive. It is currently mounted on a special wheeled carriage.

History

The bell was given to the UCLA student body in 1939 as a gift from the school's alumni association. Initially, the UCLA cheerleaders rang the bell after each Bruin point. However, during the opening game of UCLA's 1941 season (at the time, both schools used the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for home games), six members of USC's Trojan Knights (who were also members of the SigEp fraternity) infiltrated the Bruin rooting section, assisted in loading the bell aboard a truck headed back to Westwood, took the key to the truck, and escaped with the bell while UCLA's actual rooters went to find a replacement key. The bell remained hidden from UCLA students for more than a year, first in SigEp’s basement, then in the Hollywood Hills, Santa Ana, and other locations. At one point, it was even concealed beneath a haystack. Bruin students tried to locate the bell, but to no avail. A picture of the bell appeared in a USC periodical. Tension between UCLA and USC students rose as each started to play even more elaborate and disruptive pranks on the other. When the conflict caused the USC president to threaten to cancel the rivalry, a compromise was met: on November 12, 1942, the student body presidents of both schools, in front of Tommy Trojan, signed the agreement that the bell would be the trophy for the game.

The winner of the annual football game keeps the Victory Bell for the next year, and paints it the school's color: "True Blue" for UCLA, or cardinal for USC.

Team traditions

USC

Before home games, when the bell is in USC's possession, it sits along Trousdale Parkway for fans to ring as they participate in the "Trojan Walk" to the L.A. Coliseum. During home games, and whenever USC faces UCLA at the Rose Bowl, the Victory Bell is displayed at the edge of the field for the first three quarters of the game. Members of the Trojan Knights ring the bell every time the Trojans score. The carriage is painted cardinal red.

UCLA

UCLA's possession of the Victory Bell. Painted Blue.

When the bell is in UCLA's possession, the carriage is sandblasted and painted "True Blue". While in the possession of UCLA, the Bell is safeguarded by the UCLA Rally Committee. During UCLA home games at the Rose Bowl and whenever UCLA faces USC at the Los Angeles Coliseum, it resides on the field in front of the student section. It is rung by members of the Rally Committee after each score. The Bruins also ring the bell using a rope attached to the handle, swinging the whole bell, as opposed to the Trojan style of attaching a rope to the tongue or clapper on the inside of the bell. The Bell also makes special appearances at rallies and athletic events. It has been used to accompany the UCLA Band during halftime shows. In particular the bell will make an appearance at a major gathering if the bell returns to UCLA.

Series record

The first victory for UCLA in the series occurred after the agreement over the Victory Bell, making the Bruins the first winner of the trophy. The Bruins made their post-season appearance in the 1943 Rose Bowl. The teams played each other twice in the same season in 1943, 1944, and 1945. This was due to travel restrictions during World War II.

UCLA took the bell back following the 38-28 victory over USC on November 17, 2012. The Victory Bell was held by USC during the 1999-2005 and 2007-2011 football seasons. USC leads with an overall record of 46-31-7 in football contests with UCLA (including 2 wins vacated due to NCAA penalty). Before the streak of seven Trojan wins, the Bruins had won the Bell for the eight consecutive years from 1991–1998, the longest streak in the rivalry. There have been 7 ties and one overtime game (1996, 2OT) in the history of the series. In the event of a tie, the Victory Bell was retained by the last winner. Since the institution of the overtime rule in college football, the tie rule became obsolete.

Game results

From 1929 until 1981, the two teams played in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. In 1982, the Rose Bowl became UCLA's permanent home.

UCLA victoriesUSC victoriesTies / Forfeits / Vacated win
#DateLocationWinning teamLosing team
1September 28, 1929USCUSC76UCLA0
2September 27, 1930UCLAUSC52UCLA0
3November 26, 1936USCTie7Tie7
4December 4, 1937USCUSC19UCLA13
5November 24, 1938USC#14 USC42UCLA7
6December 9, 1939UCLATie0Tie0
7November 30, 1940USCUSC28UCLA12
8December 6, 1941UCLATie7Tie7
9December 12, 1942USC#13 UCLA17USC14
10September 23, 1943UCLAUSC20UCLA0
11November 27, 1943USCUSC26UCLA13
12September 23, 1944USCTie13Tie13
13November, 25 1944UCLA#8 USC40UCLA13
14September 21, 1945UCLAUSC13UCLA6
15December 1, 1945USCUSC26UCLA15
16November 23, 1946UCLA#4 UCLA16#10 USC13
17November 22, 1947USC#4 USC6#18 UCLA0
18November 20, 1948UCLAUSC20UCLA13
19November 19, 1949USCUSC21UCLA7
20November 25, 1950UCLAUCLA39USC0
21November 24, 1951USC#18 UCLA21#11 USC7
22November 22, 1952UCLA#4 USC14#3 UCLA12
23November 21, 1953USC#5 UCLA13#9 USC0
24November 20, 1954UCLA#2 UCLA34#7 USC0
25November 19, 1955USC#5 UCLA17USC7
26November 25, 1956UCLAUSC10UCLA7
27November 23, 1957USCUCLA20USC9
28November 22, 1958UCLATie15Tie15
29November 21, 1959USCUCLA10#4 USC3
30November 26, 1960UCLAUSC17#11 USC6
31November 25, 1961USCUCLA10USC7
32November 24, 1962UCLA#1 USC14UCLA3
33November 30, 1963USCUSC26UCLA6
34November 21, 1964UCLAUSC34UCLA13
35November 20, 1965USC#7 UCLA20#6 USC16
36November 19, 1966UCLA#8 UCLA14#7 USC7
37November 18, 1967USC#8 USC21#1 UCLA20
38November 23, 1968UCLA#1 USC28UCLA16
39November 22, 1969USC#5 USC14#6 UCLA12
40November 21, 1970UCLAUCLA45USC20
41November 20, 1971USCTie7Tie7
42November 18, 1972UCLA#1 USC24#14 UCLA7
43November 24, 1973USC#9 USC23#8 UCLA13
44November 23, 1974UCLA#8 USC34UCLA9
45November 28, 1975USC#14 UCLA25USC22
46November 20, 1976UCLA#13 USC24#2 UCLA14
47November 25, 1977USCUSC29#17 UCLA27
48November 18, 1978UCLA#5 USC17#14 UCLA10
49November 24, 1979USC#4 USC49UCLA14
50November 22, 1980UCLA#18 UCLA20#12 USC17
51November 21, 1981USC#10 USC22#15 USC21
52November 20, 1982Rose Bowl#11 UCLA20#15 USC19
53November 19, 1983ColiseumUCLA27USC17
54November 17, 1984Rose Bowl#7 UCLA29USC10
55November 23, 1985ColiseumUSC17#8 UCLA13
56November 22, 1986Rose Bowl#18 UCLA45#10 USC25
57November 21, 1987ColiseumUSC17#15 UCLA13
58November 19, 1988Rose Bowl#2 USC31#6 UCLA22
59November 18, 1989ColiseumTie10Tie10
60November 17, 1990Rose Bowl#19 USC45UCLA42
61November 23, 1991Coliseum#25 UCLA24USC21
62November 21, 1992Rose BowlUCLA38#15 USC37
63November 20, 1993Coliseum#16 UCLA27#22 USC21
64November 19, 1994Rose BowlUCLA31#13 USC19
65November 18, 1995ColiseumUCLA24#11 USC20
66November 23, 1996Rose BowlUCLA48USC41
67November 22, 1997Coliseum#7 UCLA31USC24
68November 21, 1998Rose Bowl#3 UCLA34USC17
69November 20, 1999ColiseumUSC17UCLA7
70November 18, 2000Rose BowlUSC38UCLA35
71November 17, 2001ColiseumUSC27#20 UCLA0
72November 23, 2002Rose Bowl#7 USC52#25 UCLA21
73November 22, 2003Coliseum#2 USC47UCLA22
74December 4, 2004Rose Bowl#1 USC29UCLA24
75December 3, 2005Coliseum#1 USC66#11 UCLA19
76December 2, 2006Rose BowlUCLA13#2 USC9
77December 1, 2007Coliseum#8 USC24UCLA7
78December 6, 2008Rose Bowl#5 USC28UCLA7
79November 28, 2009Coliseum#24 USC28UCLA7
80December 4, 2010Rose BowlUSC28UCLA14
81November 26, 2011Coliseum#10 USC50UCLA0
82November 17, 2012Rose Bowl#17 UCLA38#21 USC28
83November 30, 2013Coliseum#22 UCLA35#23 USC14
84November 22, 2014Rose Bowl#11 UCLA38#24 USC20
85November 28, 2015ColiseumUSC40#22 UCLA21
Series: USC leads 45–31–7
† USC was forced to vacate victories.
Vacated wins and ties have previous winner retaining trophy.
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