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Buckeyes Prepare to Fight for Illibuck

COLUMBUS (Maria Durant/Kate Liebers) -- This weekend, the Buckeyes fight to hold onto something more than the nation's longest winning streak. They are also looking to keep the famed "Illibuck" trophy.

The Illibuck, a 32-pound wooden turtle, is the second oldest Big Ten trophy. The scores of Ohio State and University of Illinois games have been carved in its back since 1925.

"Except for 2007, which we don't really talk about, we dominate," said Carmen Keeton, Illibuck co-chair.

Per tradition, during the third quarter of each Buckeye and Illinois match-up, Illi is passed to the winner of last year's game. But Illi goes home with the current victor's junior honorary society: Bucket and Dipper of Ohio State or Atius-Sachem of Illinois.

"It's not owned by the athletic department, which makes it easier for students to have access to it," said Alexa Norris, president of Bucket and Dipper.

Illi has been in the care of Bucket and Dipper for the past year, and OSU students are hoping to have him around another year.

This upcoming game is especially important in this particular Illibuck's career; there's one more spot for winning Buckeye score before this trophy retires.

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