Battle for the Paddle

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Battle for the Paddle
Sport Football
First meeting October 4, 1980
Nicholls State 24, Southwest Texas State 21
Latest meeting October 1, 2011
Texas State 38, Nicholls State 12
Next meeting
Trophy Paddle Trophy
Statistics
Meetings total 30
All-time series Nicholls State leads, 16–14
Largest victory 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)

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.

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

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