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The Battle of the Border is the name of the athletics rivalry between the Cardinals of Lamar University and Cowboys and Cowgirls of McNeese State University.[1][2] Originally in football, the rivalry now covers all sports. In 2009, the rivalry was expanded to include "...head-to-head and SLC [Southland Conference] Championship competition in 14 different sports...". The competition is a joint agreement with the two universities and sponsor, Verizon Wireless[3]

BackgroundEdit

Both universities are public universities in their respective states. Lamar University, located in Beaumont, Texas, is part of the Texas State University System, and McNeese State University, located in Lake Charles, Louisiana, is part of the University of Louisiana System. Lamar and McNeese are about 60 miles apart, accessible via Interstate 10.

FootballEdit

Battle of the Border
First contestedNovember 10, 1951
McNeese State 13, Lamar 7
Number of meetings37
Most recent meetingNovember 17, 2018
Lamar 21, McNeese State 17
Next meetingNovember 23, 2019
All-time seriesMcNeese State leads, 26–10–1
Largest victoryMcNeese State, 38–0 (1971)
Longest win streakMcNeese State, 6 (1983–1988)
Current streakLamar, 1 (2018–present)

Template:OSM Location map After the 1989 season, Lamar shut down its football program, before resurrecting it for the 2010 season. The Lamar–McNeese State rivalry resumed in 2010.

ResultsEdit

As of the 2018 season, McNeese State holds a 26–10–1 edge in the all-time series in 37 games.

Lamar victoriesMcNeese State victoriesTie games
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
1 November 10, 1951 Lake Charles, LA McNeese State 13–7
2 November 8, 1952 Beaumont, TX McNeese State 42–7
3 October 29, 1955 Lake Charles, LA McNeese State 17–2
4 October 27, 1956 Beaumont, TX Lamar 18–14
5 October 22, 1966 Beaumont, TX Lamar 10–7
6 October 21, 1967 Lake Charles, LA Lamar 24–8
7 September 21, 1968 Beaumont, TX McNeese State 10–0
8 September 20, 1969 Lake Charles, LA Lamar 13–7
9 October 10, 1970 Beaumont, TX McNeese State 17–12
10 October 9, 1971 Lake Charles, LA McNeese State 38–0
11 October 7, 1972 Beaumont, TX McNeese State 17–7
12 September 22, 1973 Lake Charles, LA McNeese State 20–7
13 November 16, 1974 Beaumont, TX Lamar 17–3
14 November 29, 1975 Lake Charles, LA McNeese State 20–10
15 November 13, 1976 Beaumont, TX McNeese State 27–0
16 November 12, 1977 Lake Charles, LA Lamar 35–7
17 November 11, 1978 Beaumont, TX McNeese State 24–23
18 October 13, 1979 Beaumont, TX McNeese State 34–25
19 November 15, 1980 Lake Charles, LA McNeese State 35–3
20 October 31, 1981 Beaumont, TXTie20–20
21 November 13, 1982 Lake Charles, LA Lamar 12–3
22 November 19, 1983 Beaumont, TX McNeese State 17–7
23 November 17, 1984 Lake Charles, LA McNeese State 34–14
24 November 23, 1985 Beaumont, TX McNeese State 28–7
25 November 22, 1986 Lake Charles, LA McNeese State 38–7
26 November 21, 1987 Beaumont, TX McNeese State 44–36
27 November 19, 1988 Lake Charles, LA McNeese State 18–17
28 November 18, 1989 Beaumont, TX Lamar 22–17
29 September 4, 2010 Lake Charles, LA McNeese State 30–27
30 November 19, 2011 Beaumont, TX McNeese State 45–17
31 November 17, 2012 Lake Charles, LA McNeese State 35–0
32 November 23, 2013 Beaumont, TX McNeese State 42–38
33 November 22, 2014 Lake Charles, LA Lamar 27–24
34 November 21, 2015 Beaumont, TX McNeese State 20–14
35 November 19, 2016 Lake Charles, LA McNeese State 41–10
36 November 18, 2017 Beaumont, TX McNeese State 13–3
37 November 17, 2018 Lake Charles, LA Lamar 21–17
Series: McNeese State leads 26–10–1

Men's basketballEdit

As of the end of the 2017–18 season, Lamar has a 55–48 lead in men's basketball games against McNeese State.[5][6][7][8]

Women's basketballEdit

As of the end of the 2017–18 season, McNeese has a 44–31 series lead in women's basketball over Lamar.[9][10][11][12][13]

BaseballEdit

As of the end of the 2018 season, Lamar has a 121–80–2 lead over McNeese State.[14][15][16][17]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "McNeese hosts Lamar in "Battle of the Border" game to close out 2012 season". mcneesesports.com. November 16, 2012. http://www.mcneesesports.com/news/2012/11/16/FB_1116125526.aspx. Retrieved 2013-02-19.
  2. "McNeese State tops Lamar 35-0 in Southland finale". Sports Illustrated. November 17, 2012. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/ncaa/gameflash/2012/11/17/50776/index.html. Retrieved 2013-02-19.
  3. "VERIZON WIRELESS ANNOUNCES LAMAR-MCNEESE STATE RIVALRY SERIES". Lamar University Athletics. January 14, 2009. Archived from the original on October 24, 2014. https://web.archive.org/web/20141024175104/http://www.lamarcardinals.com/genrel/011409aaa.html. Retrieved October 24, 2014. "The series, made possible through a joint corporate partnership with Verizon Wireless, will feature a scoring system that awards points to each school based on the results of head-to-head and SLC Championship competition in 14 different sports."
  4. "Lamar vs McNeese St. (LA)". cfbdatawarehouse.com. http://cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/div_iaa/southland/lamar/opponents_records.php?teamid=1923. Retrieved 2014-06-06.
  5. http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/lama/sports/m-baskbl/auto_pdf/2013-14/release/release_20140110aaa.pdf
  6. "Cardinals Fall to McNeese State - LAMARCARDINALS.COM - Lamar Cardinals Official Athletic Site". lamarcardinals.com. Archived from the original on 2014-12-23. https://web.archive.org/web/20141223045248/http://www.lamarcardinals.com/sports/m-baskbl/recaps/011114aaa.html.
  7. "McNeese State". mcneesesports.com. http://mcneesesports.com/schedule.aspx?path=mbball.
  8. "Cards Face Rivalry with McNeese". Lamar University Athletics. March 2, 2018. https://lamarcardinals.com/news/2018/3/2/mens-basketball-cards-face-rivalry-with-mcneese.aspx?path=mbball. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  9. http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/lama/sports/w-baskbl/auto_pdf/2013-14/release/release_20140110aaa.pdf
  10. "Women's hoops stops McNeese State - LAMARCARDINALS.COM - Lamar Cardinals Official Athletic Site". lamarcardinals.com. Archived from the original on 2014-12-23. https://web.archive.org/web/20141223040234/http://www.lamarcardinals.com/sports/w-baskbl/recaps/011114aaa.html.
  11. "McNeese State". mcneesesports.com. http://mcneesesports.com/schedule.aspx?path=wbball.
  12. "Women's Basketball Upends Lamar 98-77". mcneesestatesports.com. February 26, 2015. http://www.mcneesesports.com/news/2015/2/26/WBB_0226150341.aspx?path=wbball. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  13. "Lamar Basketball - 2017-18 Women’s Basketball Game Notes". Lamar University Athletics. https://lamarcardinals.com/documents/2018/1/26//180127_Game_19_McNeese_Notes.pdf. Retrieved November 21, 2018.
  14. "Baseball ready for McNeese series - LAMARCARDINALS.COM - Lamar Cardinals Official Athletic Site". lamarcardinals.com. Archived from the original on 2014-12-23. https://web.archive.org/web/20141223041913/http://www.lamarcardinals.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/032714aad.html.
  15. "LAMARCARDINALS.COM - Lamar Cardinals Official Athletic Site - Baseball". lamarcardinals.com. Archived from the original on 2014-12-23. https://web.archive.org/web/20141223040917/http://www.lamarcardinals.com/sports/m-basebl/archive/lama-m-basebl-sched-2013.html.
  16. "2015 Baseball Cumulative Statistics". mcneesesports.com. http://www.mcneesesports.com/cumestats.aspx?path=baseball&year=2015. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  17. "2018 LAMAR BASEBALL GAME NOTES". Lamar University Athletics. https://lamarcardinals.com/documents/2018/5/16//Lamar_University_Game_Notes_McNeese.pdf. Retrieved November 19, 2018.

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