River Bell Classic

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River Bell Classic
Sport Football
First meeting September 30, 1972
Southeastern Louisiana 31, Nicholls State 9
Latest meeting November 17, 2016
Southeastern Louisiana 44, Nicholls State 42
Next meeting 2017
Trophy River Bell Trophy
Statistics
Meetings total 26
All-time series Tied 13–13
Largest victory Southeastern Louisiana, 62–3 (2014)
Longest win streak Nicholls State, 7 (1981–2006)
Current win streak Southeastern , 1 (2016–present)
River Bell Classic is located in Louisiana
Nicholls State University
Nicholls State University
Southeastern Louisiana University
Southeastern Louisiana 
University
Locations in Louisiana

The River Bell Classic is the annual football game between Nicholls State University and Southeastern Louisiana University with the winner being presented with the River Bell Trophy.[1] The two schools are 94 miles apart and no two football-playing schools in the Southland Conference are as close as Nicholls State and Southeastern Louisiana. The game played between the rivals began in 1972 and was played annually until 1985 when Southeastern Louisiana dropped its football program. It resumed 20 years later in 2005 when football was reinstated by the university.

The River Bell Trophy which was redesigned for the 2012 contest is a wooden trophy which has a ship's bell under an arch which reads "River Bell Classic". On each side of the bell are the teams athletic logos with Nicholls State on the left and Southeastern Louisiana on the right. Underneath the bell is a plaque surrounded by the yearly victors on each side of the plaque. The trophy was conceived by the Phi Chapter Alumni Association of Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity at Southeastern Louisiana.

Game results[edit]

Nicholls State victories Southeastern Louisiana victories
# Date Location Winner Score
1 1972 Hammond, LA Southeastern Louisiana 31–9
2 1973 Hammond, LA Southeastern Louisiana 10–0
3 1974 Thibodaux, LA Nicholls State 10–0
4 1975 Thibodaux, LA Nicholls State 14–6
5 1976 Thibodaux, LA Southeastern Louisiana 17–7
6 1977 Thibodaux, LA Southeastern Louisiana 17–14
7 1978 New Orleans, LA Southeastern Louisiana 10–0
8 1979 Hammond, LA Southeastern Louisiana 38–0
9 1980 Thibodaux, LA Southeastern Louisiana 35–20
10 1981 Hammond, LA Nicholls State 29–17
11 1982 Thibodaux, LA Nicholls State 20–14
12 1983 Hammond, LA Nicholls State 6–0
13 1984 Thibodaux, LA Nicholls State 36–7
14 1985 Hammond, LA Nicholls State 21–17
15 2005 Hammond, LA Nicholls State 38–28
16 2006 Thibodaux, LA Nicholls State 14–10
17 2007 Hammond, LA Southeastern Louisiana 17–13
18 2008 Thibodaux, LA Nicholls State 35–28
19 2009 Hammond, LA Nicholls State 45–30
20 2010 Thibodaux, LA Nicholls State 27–25
21 2011 Hammond, LA Southeastern Louisiana 31–14
22 2012 Thibodaux, LA Southeastern Louisiana 35–16
23 2013 Hammond, LA Southeastern Louisiana 52–27
24 2014 Thibodaux, LA Southeastern Louisiana 62–3
25 2015 Hammond, LA Nicholls State 27–24
26 2016 Thibodaux, LA Southeastern Louisiana 44–42
Series: Tied 13–13

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bragging Rights". myneworleans.com. Archived from the original on July 27, 2015. Retrieved 2015-07-27. 

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