Third Annual "Key City Clash" set for Saturday night in the Rock Bowl
Tue, Oct. 5, 2010 - [Football]

On Saturday, October 9, the Loras College and University of Dubuque football teams will renew their rivalry and play the third annual "Key City Clash". For the past two seasons, the two post-secondary institutions in Dubuque who sponsor football have collaborated to contribute 100% of the gate receipts to a local charity.

Each year the home institution selects a charity and consults with the visiting institution for approval.  This year, Loras College President Jim Collins selected the Boys and Girls Club of Dubuque with University of Dubuque President Jeffery Bullock's agreement. In 2008, Loras College hosted the game which sent their gate receipts to the United Way-Dubuque. In 2009, the University of Dubuque turned over their proceeds to Big Brother/Big Sisters of Eastern Iowa - a program of Hillcrest Family Services. 

The Duhawks and Spartans will kickoff at 6:00 PM on Saturday evening in the first night game in the Rock Bowl in the 70-year history of the facility.

The winner of the annual game gains possession of the "Key to the City".

The wooden key presented to the winner each year is six feet in length and boasts the school colors of each of the two teams on either side. Each time one of the schools wins the annual game, they will have a three inch lead "L" or "D" added to the key's "chain", stamped with the date of the game on it. The teams chose lead as the material to be used in recognition of Julien Dubuque's time as a lead miner in the late 17-and early 1800's and his role as an early settler of the tri-state area.

After Loras won the inaugural game 42-6 in the Rock Bowl on October 25, 2008, the teams moved to Chalmers Field in 2009 and presented the above trophy to the winner for the first time. Loras won the first ever night game between the two schools, 43-14, and claimed the trophy for the first time on October 10, 2009.

Through five weeks of the 2010 season, each team owns a 2-3 overall record and is 1-2 in Iowa Conference play.