|First meeting||October 4, 1941|
Ball State 6, Northern Illinois 6
|Latest meeting||October 6, 2018|
Northern Illinois 24, Ball State 16
|Next meeting||October 5, 2019|
|Trophy||Bronze Stalk Trophy (2008–present)|
|All-time series||Northern Illinois leads, 24–20–2|
|Trophy series||Northern Illinois leads, 10–1|
|Largest victory||NIU 63–17 (2017)|
|Longest win streak||NIU, 10 (2009–present)|
|Current win streak||Northern Illinois, 10 (2009–present)|
The Bronze Stalk Trophy is presented to the winner of the annual college football game between Mid-American Conference rivals Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois and Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. The two interstate rivals began competing for this trophy in 2008.
Designed by nationally recognized sculptor and DeKalb artist Renee Bemis, the trophy depicts several cornstalks in tribute to the prevalence of maize around the respective home states of the rivals.
The first meeting between the two occurred in 1941, a 6–6 tie; the Huskies lead the all-time series 23–20–2, having won 16 of the last 19 meetings. Ball State won the inaugural contest for the Bronze Stalk at Scheumann Stadium in 2008, with Northern Illinois winning the trophy for the first time the following season on Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium.
|Ball State victories||Northern Illinois victories||Tie games|
- "Northern Illinois and Ball State to Play for The Bronze Stalk". NIUhuskies.com. November 21, 2007.
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