The completion of the men's and women's Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championship yesterday brought to a close the 2012-13 Crimson & Gold Cup. For those that don't know, the Crimson & Gold Cup is the all-sports competition between Indiana and Purdue. Each sport receives a point based on the regular season meeting between the two schools. In the even of multiple meetings like in basketball each game is a half point, while the baseball and softball series winner gets a full point. In the case of sports like Track & Field the higher finisher in the Big Ten Meets gets the sport's point.
For the third straight year Purdue came up short, as Indiana won this year 12-7, giving the Hoosiers the Cup for the sixth time in the event's nine years. Here how it broke down sport by sport:
For the second straight season Purdue and Indiana did not meet in the regular season, but Indiana's 2013 season is almost a mirror image of Purdue's 2012. Indiana is a top 15 team doing extremely well and is likely to host a baseball regional. Purdue did not receive points last season for beating Indiana in the Big Ten Tournament twice, which was the only time they played. No points were again awarded this year.
We all know what happened. Indiana curb-stomped us in Mackey Arena then finished off the full point in Bloomington. Purdue lost by a total of 65 points in the two meetings. Let's just move on.
This is often a crucial full point for Purdue, but Indiana swung a half point in their favor when Jasmine McGhee scored with a second left to give Indiana 62-61 upset win in Bloomington. It was an embarrassment, as Indiana went 2-14 in Big Ten play. Purdue did win in West Lafayette 59-42.
Men's Cross Country
Indiana took the point by finishing third at the Big Ten meet while Purdue was a distant ninth.
Women's Cross Country
This was a little closer, but Indiana was Eighth at the Big Ten meet while Purdue was a dismal 11th.
Akeem Shavers and Robert Marve made sure the Bucket stayed where is belongs and gave Purdue a critical point in the standings with a 56-35 win in November. Marve threw four TD passes and Shavers scored three times.
The Men's team finished seventh at the Big Ten championships while Indiana was fourth, so IU got another key point here where Purdue could not afford to give one up.
You don't mess with us in women's golf! The ladies shared the Big Ten championship and were second in last week's NCAA West regional by a stroke to No. 1 USC, so Purdue is expected to be in the hunt yet again for the National championship. Indiana was fifth at the Big Ten Championships.
Purdue was 2-8-1 in the conference and lost 3-0 to Indiana, dropping another point in a sport where Purdue is usually pretty solid.
Men's Swimming and Diving
This is generally a sport where Indiana is stronger and the Hoosiers won the dual meet 179.5 to 118.5
Women's Swimming and Diving
Once again, while Purdue is a college diving power, Indiana has the better swimming program, winning 179-121
Indiana just barely edged Purdue 4-3 to take this crucial point. Purdue was within a game of winning the match at No. 6 singles but lost a three-set heartbreaker.
This one went much better for Purdue. The ladies just reached the round of 32 of the NCAA Tournament for just the second time ever and had a program record 18 wins, with one being 5-2 over Indiana.
Men's Indoor Track and Field
It's a theme that Purdue's running sports aren't very good, as in the six Cross Country/Indoor/Outdoor track competitions Purdue finished no higher than ninth in the Big Ten. In the indoor track season the Boilers were 10th in the conference to Indiana's Sixth. Run faster!
Women's Indoor Track and Field
This was the only running sport area where Purdue got a point.... barely. Purdue finished Ninth at the Big Ten meet while Indiana was 10th.
Men's Outdoor Track and Field
Purdue's men were slightly better outdoors, finishing ninth, but Indiana was seventh, securing the point.
Women's Outdoor Track and Field
Indiana finished ninth out of 11 teams at the women's oudoor meet (Northwestern doesn't have a team), edging Purdue 38-37 for the Crimson & Gold Cup point.
Purdue's up and down season was on display in the volleyball series with Indiana. Purdue lost 3-1 in Bloomington to an Indiana team that finished 4-16 in league, though that was not as bad as Purdue losing 3-0 to Iowa, who finished 2-18. Purdue got a half point back by winning 3-0 in West Lafayette.
The final sport went in Purdue's favor 28-13, but it was not enough to help too much.
So, as you can see, our rivals to the south bested us in almost everything. Given Purdue's struggles in the running sports, where it was lucky to get the one point out of six points it did get, Purdue had little margin for error. Losing a full point over women's basketball and volleyball was bad, as it allowed Indiana to have the largest margin of victory ever in the series. Hopefully things go better next year with men's basketball being closer to even.