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It is a trophy contested yearly by Stanford Universities and University of California american football representatives and it is regularly played since 1892.

In 1906 the Californian Universities, worried about the increased violence in american football that led in those years to many death every year, turned to rugby as the major sport, hoping to convince the East Coast Universities to follow them.
Also the Big Game turned to Rugby and the winner was invited to British Columbia every year during the Christmas holidays to play the Cooper-Keith Challenge Cup against the winner of the McKechnie Cup (the British Columbia championship).

In those years All Blacks and Wallabies toured to California while a combined American universities team toured to Australia.

After WWI, anyway, since the East Coast continued to play american football, California too returned to football and rugby was abandoned for decades.

Stanford University 5
University of California 3
Draws 1
Venue Date Home Team Away Team Result
Berkeley10/11/1906University of CaliforniaStanford University3-6
Stanford09/11/1907Stanford UniversityUniversity of California21-11
Berkeley14/11/1908University of CaliforniaStanford University3-12
Stanford13/11/1909Stanford UniversityUniversity of California13-19
Berkeley12/11/1910University of CaliforniaStanford University25-6
Stanford11/11/1911Stanford UniversityUniversity of California3-21
Berkeley11/11/1912University of CaliforniaStanford University3-3
Stanford08/11/1913Stanford UniversityUniversity of California13-8
Berkeley14/11/1914University of CaliforniaStanford University8-26


en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1906-17_Stanford_rugby_teams - Wikipedia page about the Stanford rugby team in the period 1906 - 1917.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Game_(American_football) - Wikipedia page about the Big Game.
Many data were found in the "Spalding Rugby Football Annual" from 1910 to 1914.