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Scott Richey is a reporter covering college basketball at The News-Gazette. His email is, and you can follow him on Twitter (@srrichey).

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Illinois and Northwestern are playing for the Land of Lincoln Trophy in Saturday’s game at Memorial Stadium in Champaign. The trophy replaced the Sweet Sioux Tomahawk Trophy before the 2009 game, so here’s a look back at the 10 previous games where the two in-state rivals have vied for the bronze top hat:

Nov. 24, 2018

Northwestern 24, Illinois 17

The Illini tried to mount a fourth-quarter comeback in Evanston, but the 15-point hole they dug themselves in the first half was too much to overcome.

Nov. 25, 2017

Northwestern 42, Illinois 7

Illinois actually led in this game. Briefly. The Wildcats’ 42 unanswered points came with four different running backs finding the end zone.

Nov. 26, 2016

Northwestern 42, Illinois 21

There was no stopping Justin Jackson in Evanston. The NU running back rushed for 173 yards and three touchdowns as the Wildcats never trailed.

Nov. 28, 2015

Northwestern 24, Illinois 14

Illini quarterback Wes Lunt actually rushed for a touchdown at Soldier Field. But that was the only offensive score to go with Mason Monheim’s pick six.

Nov. 29, 2014

Illinois 47, Northwestern 33

The Illini’s bowl hopes hinged on beating their rivals, and backup quarterback Reilly O’Toole delivered (three TD passes, 147 rushing yards).

Nov. 30, 2013

Northwestern 37, Illinois 34

The Wildcats’ Trevor Siemian lit up the Illini for 414 passing yards and four touchdowns. That included two fourth-quarter scores.

Nov. 24, 2012

Northwestern 50, Illinois 14

Illinois’ ninth straight loss of the season was a mixture of miscues (four turnovers) and a brutally efficient Wildcats’ offense.

Oct. 1, 2011

Illinois 38, Northwestern 35

Nathan Scheelhaase put up 426 total yards and four scores, lifting the Illini to a dramatic comeback win at Memorial Stadium.

Nov. 20, 2010

Illinois 48, Northwestern 27

The Illini secured bowl eligibility at Wrigley Field with Mikel Leshoure rushing (one way) for 330 yards and two touchdowns.

Nov. 14, 2009

Northwestern 21, Illinois 16

Bummer of a Dad’s Day, as the Illini scored 13 fourth quarter points but still fell to Mike Kafka and the Wildcats.