Nov 30, 2019; West Lafayette, IN, USA; Indiana Hoosiers players celebrate winning the Old Oaken Bucket by defeating the Purdue Boilermakers, 44-41 in 2 OT at Ross-Ade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

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Purdue-Indiana canceled due to COVID-19 spikes

Saturday’s showdown between No. 12 Indiana and Purdue was canceled Wednesday due to rising COVID-19 cases at both schools.

“We’re certainly disappointed that we had to cancel the Old Oaken Bucket game. We both understand the history and tradition of one of the best rivalries in college football, but the safety and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches and staff is our primary priority,” read a joint statement issued by Purdue athletic director Mike Bobinski and Indiana AD Scott Dolson.

“We will continue to monitor the situation on both campuses and listen to the advice of our medical professionals.”

The regular-season finale for the host Hoosiers (6-1, 6-1 Big Ten) and the Boilermakers (2-4, 2-4) had been scheduled for Saturday afternoon in Bloomington, Ind.

Purdue leads the all-time series 74-42-6, dating back to 1891. The schools first played for the Old Oaken Bucket in 1925, with Purdue boasting 15 wins in the past 23 meetings to take a 60-32-3 edge in that series.

The Hoosiers edged the host Boilermakers, 44-41, in double overtime in last season’s meeting.

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