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No. 23 Spartans take home Baird Bros. Trophy

Shinichi Inoue

Issue date: 10/29/10 Section: Sports
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Junior defensive lineman Dale English and senior quarterback Joey Baum hold the unique Baird Brothers Trophy. The Spartans will add a fish to the line celebrate their 28-14 win over visiting College of Wooster.
Junior defensive lineman Dale English and senior quarterback Joey Baum hold the unique Baird Brothers Trophy. The Spartans will add a fish to the line celebrate their 28-14 win over visiting College of Wooster.
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The Case Western Reserve University Spartans and the College of Wooster Fighting Scots met for the 23rd time last weekend, battling for the Baird Brothers Trophy. The No. 23 Spartans continued their four-game win streak against the Scots, winning 28-14 and increasing their regular season win streak to 38 games.

CWRU wide receiver Zach Homyk continued his All-American campaign as he grabbed nine receptions and two touchdowns, his eighth and ninth of the season. Senior quarterback Joey Baum completed 22 of 32 passes for nearly 200 yards and had a hand in all four Spartan touchdowns of the day.

Homyk said after the game, "It was a great victory overall, but there is a lot we need to improve on...It was good to see the offense have answers to Wooster's plays, but we still made mistakes on both sides of the ball that we won't be able to get away with against UAA teams."

The win also propelled the Spartans into the American Football Coaches Association national rankings at No. 23. The Spartans continue to sit on the doorstep of's national rankings, falling 3 spots and 13 votes short of the Top 25.

The Baird Brothers Trophy is awarded to the winner of the annual football game between CWRU and College of Wooster. The idea of the trophy was originated by the Baird brothers, Bob and Bill, who were economic professors at CWRU and Wooster. The trophy is a distinctive chain of brass fish - yes, fish - representing each game played in the rivalry. The winning team not only gets to keep the trophy, but gets to add a new fish to the chain to represent that year's game.

In 1996, Sports Illustrated recognized the Baird Brothers trophy as one of the most distinctive in college football, according to the magazine, "The Baird brothers originated the trophy in 1984 when Wooster and Case first met as members of the North Coast Athletic Conference. The brothers, economic professors at the rival schools, were taught by their father to fish at an age early and thought the fish theme would be a fitting reward to the victors. Bob Baird passed away a few years ago, but his brother Bill still carries on the tradition of presenting the trophy to the winning team at the conclusion of the game."
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    posted 11/02/10 @ 12:17 PM EST

    Nice game Sspartans!

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