May 18, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A strong showing by its spring sports teams propelled Purdue to the inaugural Indiana National Guard Governor's Cup championship.
In the all-sports competition against intrastate rival Indiana, the Boilermakers prevailed 12-8, after placing higher on both the men's and women's sides of the Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships that concluded today.
Purdue's track and field squads also both earned points during the indoor season.
The series was deadlocked at 6-apiece after Purdue won the lone men's basketball meeting of the season 82-64. Indiana then took a one-point lead with a 5-2 victory in women's tennis.
But then the Boilermakers scored six of the final seven points for their first title since 2006-07.
Purdue's volleyball and women's basketball teams both swept their two games against the Hoosiers to earn points.
The teams tied in 2007-08 and 2009-10.
The all-sports competition dates to 2001-02. It originally was known as the Titan Series until the fall of 2004, when it was renamed the Crimson & Gold Cup. It became the Governor's Cup in the fall of 2013. Points are awarded to the winning team in each of the schools' 20 shared sports. If the two teams do not meet during the regular season, the higher finisher at the Big Ten Championships is the point winner. In the case of ties, both teams get one-half point.