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A Day After Returning Stolen Monon Bell, Wabash Claims it Legitimately, 16-6

November 13, 1965

1965 monon 1.jpgNovember 13, 1965, Greencastle, Ind. - A Wabash College student posing as a visiting foreign dignitary stole the Monon Bell from the DePauw University campus, and even though it was eventually returned to Greencastle, it didn't stay for long.  This afternoon, the visitors from Crawfordsville reclaimed the prize of the rivalry, 16-6. Wabash tailback John May rushed for 137 yards to lead the Little Giants to victory.

DePauw had held the Monon Bell (thievery aside) since winning the 1955 contest on a thrilling, last-second field goal by Fred Williams. 

A "Monon Memory" of the game, which tells the story of the Wabash prank and includes vintage photos from the two campuses and the battle for the Bell, can be accessed here: Video Link [Download Video: "1965 Monon Memory" - 3120kb].

A complete roster of video clips can be found here.

Much more information on the historic rivalry can be found at the Monon Bell Web site.