History

 As far as our records show, in 1966, the students of Alpha Phi Omega sponsored and hosted the first blood drives on the University of Michigan campus. There were two days of drives in the Michigan Union Ballroom, and 472 students donated blood. The drives expanded so much that in 1982 the organizers simultaneously took advantage of their success and the rivalry with the Buckeyes to hold the first Blood Battle. The University of Michigan won, and a tradition was born.

Recent years have seen close competitions. In 2007, U of M lost by a mere three pints - the equivalent to three donors - when both schools collected over 2000 pints. It was Michigan's fifth straight loss in the battle, and OSU was closing the gap on Michigan's overall win record.

With an overwhelming showing by the student body and an incredible display of school spirit, Michigan broke OSU's streak in 2008. U of M won a decisive 2333-pint to 2152-pint victory. Those numbers indicate that U of M alone could have potentially saved nearly 7000 lives with the blood collected in November 2008.

In 2009, both U of M and OSU collected more pints of blood than the year before and U of M defended the championship by collecting 2,449 pints of blood during the 2009 Blood Battle - as opposed to 2,350 pints collected in Columbus by the Buckeyes. The Wolverines continued the tradition during the 2010 Blood Battle, collecting 2,615 pints of blood as opposed to the 2,515 pints collected at OSU. In the 30th anniversary of the competition, Michigan secured their 4th consecutive victory against the Buckeyes, collecting 2,628 pints of blood, surpassing the 2,402 pints of blood collected by Ohio State.

In 2016, the 35th anniversary of the competition, U of M defeated OSU by 8 pints. This ended a two-year losing streak and brought the coveted Blood Battle Trophy back to Ann Arbor!

Last year U of M was victorious again, winning a decisive 2338 to 2176 victory, and hopefully, there will be a repeat this year.

 

Past Blood Battle and Game results:

Year

Blood Battle Winner

Football Game Winner

1982

U of M

OSU

1983

U of M

U of M

1984

OSU

OSU

1985

U of M

U of M

1986

U of M

U of M

1987

U of M

OSU

1988

U of M

U of M

1989

U of M

U of M

1990

U of M

U of M

1991

U of M

U of M

1992

OSU

TIE

1993

U of M

U of M

1994

U of M

OSU

1995

OSU

U of M

1996

OSU

U of M

1997

OSU

U of M

1998

U of M

OSU

1999

OSU

U of M

2000

TIE

U of M

2001

U of M

OSU

2002

OSU

OSU

2003

OSU

U of M

2004

OSU

OSU

2005

OSU

OSU

2006

OSU

OSU

2007

OSU

OSU

2008

U of M

OSU

2009

U of M

OSU

2010

U of M

OSU

2011

U of M

U of M

2012

OSU

OSU

2013

U of M

OSU

2014

OSU

OSU

2015

OSU

OSU

2016

U of M

OSU

2017

OSU

OSU

2018

U of M

OSU

Current Record

20-16-1

15-21-1