BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - It's the
game that immediately gets circled when the schedules are announced.
It's the the coaches, players and fans all look forward to. It is the
'Brass Lantern' Game.
Union and Cumberlands (Ky.) renew their rivalry on the gridiron Saturday at James Taylor II Stadium at 1:30 p.m. in Williamsburg, Ky.
It's been a series with a little bit of everything. Nail-biting thrillers. Surprising upsets. Lopsided victories and blowouts. NAIA Top 25 clashes.
The Brass Lantern Game rarely disappoints.
The series dates back to 1905, but the rivalry did not truly take root until 1985 when both Union and Cumberlands reinstated their football programs in the mid-1980s.
Cumberlands maintains an upper hand in the series with a 22-9 series lead; however, Union arguably pulled off the victory in the series in 2005. Union entered the game with a 2-7 record with Cumberlands ranked No. 5 in the nation. Union overcame a 21-7 deficit, rallying to take a 35-28 advantage. Cumberlands scored late but missed the extra point as Union held on for the 35-34 victory.
Since the 2005 contest, Cumberlands has controlled the series, winning the last four meetings.
For more a complete history on the Brass Lantern Game, go here.