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updated: 8/25/2012 9:16 AM

Eureka, Knox to play in Abe Lincoln Bowl

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EUREKA, Ill. -- There are no bowl games for the Division III colleges but a couple of Illinois schools have created one for themselves based on their ties to Abe Lincoln.

Eureka College and Knox College will play the Abraham Lincoln Bowl starting this season and every year through at least 2015.

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The first game will be Sept. 1 at Knox in Galesburg. The teams will compete for a bronze bust of a young Lincoln donated by former Ill. Gov. Jim Edgar.

The schools say they were founded by abolitionists. And Lincoln delivered an 1856 speech at Eureka, and in 1858 one of his history-making debates with Stephen Douglas was at Knox.

The schools first played in 1893 but have met only 22 times since. Eureka won the last meeting, in 2009, 28-13.

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