Battle for the Paddle

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Battle for the Paddle
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Nicholls State Colonels Texas State Bobcats

Sport(s) Football
Total meetings 30
Series record Nicholls State leads, 16–14
First meeting October 4, 1980
Nicholls State 24, Southwest Texas State 21
Last meeting October 1, 2011
Texas State 38, Nicholls State 12
Next meeting
Largest win Nicholls State, 63–37 (1993)
Longest win streak 3 games, three times by Nicholls State, and twice by Texas State
Current win streak Texas State, 1 (2011–present)
Trophy Paddle Trophy

The Battle for the Paddle is the result of a game postponement. In fall 1998, the Nicholls State Colonels were scheduled to take on the Texas State Bobcats. Prior to the game, heavy rains flooded San Marcos, Texas and the field at Texas State.[1] Athletic directors and coaches from both schools decided to postpone the game and coined the annual contest the "Battle for the Paddle," joking that fans and athletes needed to use a boat and paddle to get to the game. The game eventually took place on November 28, 1998 with Texas State prevailing 28–27 to win the Paddle Trophy.

Nicholls State Athletic Director Rob Bernardi brought controversy to the final chapter of the rivalry in 2011, when he refused to bring the Paddle Trophy to San Marcos due to Texas State having a scholarship advantage as an FCS transitional school.[2] Texas State won the last Battle for the Paddle 38–12.[3] It is unknown whether the two schools will schedule each other in the future.

Nicholls State leads series 16–14.

Game results[edit]

Nicholls State victories
Texas State victories
# Date Location Winner Score Series
NSU TxSt
1 October 4, 1980 Thibodaux, LA Nicholls State 24 21 NSU 1–0
2 September 18, 1982 San Marcos, TX Southwest Texas State 7 14 Tied 1–1
3 November 10, 1984 San Marcos, TX Nicholls State 30 14 NSU 2–1
4 October 26, 1985 Thibodaux, LA Nicholls State 20 12 NSU 3–1
5 October 25, 1986 San Marcos, TX Nicholls State 35 21 NSU 4–1
6 October 24, 1987 Thibodaux, LA Southwest Texas State 16 31 NSU 4–2
7 October 29, 1988 San Marcos, TX Nicholls State 13 10 NSU 5–2
8 October 21, 1989 Thibodaux, LA Nicholls State 22 21 NSU 6–2
9 September 29, 1990 San Marcos, TX Southwest Texas State 30 33 NSU 6–3
10 September 28, 1991 Thibodaux, LA Southwest Texas State 10 19 NSU 6–4
11 October 3, 1992 San Marcos, TX Southwest Texas State 13 38 NSU 6–5
12 October 23, 1993 Thibodaux, LA Nicholls State 63 37 NSU 7–5
13 October 22, 1994 San Marcos, TX Southwest Texas State 26 27 NSU 7–6
14 October 21, 1995 Thibodaux, LA Southwest Texas State 25 35 Tied 7–7
15 October 26, 1996 San Marcos, TX Nicholls State 49 36 NSU 8–7
16 October 11, 1997 Thibodaux, LA Nicholls State 29 28 NSU 9–7
17 November 28, 1998 San Marcos, TX Southwest Texas State 27 28 NSU 9–8
18 October 9, 1999 Thibodaux, LA Southwest Texas State 0 16 Tied 9–9
19 October 7, 2000 San Marcos, TX Southwest Texas State 0 25 SWTS 10–9
20 October 27, 2001 Thibodaux, LA Nicholls State 33 14 Tied 10–10
21 October 19, 2002 San Marcos, TX Nicholls State 24 21 NSU 11–10
22 November 6, 2003 Thibodaux, LA Nicholls State 31 13 NSU 12–10
23 November 13, 2004 San Marcos, TX Texas State 12 35 NSU 12–11
24 October 29, 2005 Thibodaux, LA Nicholls State 32 29 NSU 13–11
25 November 2, 2006 San Marcos, TX Nicholls State 21 19 NSU 14–11
26 November 10, 2007 Thibodaux, LA Nicholls State 52 28 NSU 15–11
27 November 15, 2008 San Marcos, TX Texas State 10 34 NSU 15–12
28 October 17, 2009 Thibodaux, LA Texas State 28 34 NSU 15–13
29 October 16, 2010 San Marcos, TX Nicholls State 47 45 NSU 16–13
30 October 1, 2011 San Marcos, TX Texas State 12 38 NSU 16–14
Totals 741 776 NSU 16–14

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