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. 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
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.
|First contested||November 10, 1951|
McNeese State 13, Lamar 7
|Number of meetings||37|
|Most recent meeting||November 17, 2018|
Lamar 21, McNeese State 17
|Next meeting||November 23, 2019|
|All-time series||McNeese State leads, 26–10–1|
|Largest victory||McNeese State, 38–0 (1971)|
|Longest win streak||McNeese State, 6 (1983–1988)|
|Current streak||Lamar, 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.
As of the 2018 season, McNeese State holds a 26–10–1 edge in the all-time series in 37 games.
|Lamar victories||McNeese State victories||Tie games|
|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, TX||Tie||20–20|
|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|
- ↑ "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.
- ↑ "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.
- ↑ "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."
- ↑ "Lamar vs McNeese St. (LA)". cfbdatawarehouse.com. http://cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/div_iaa/southland/lamar/opponents_records.php?teamid=1923. Retrieved 2014-06-06.
- ↑ http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/lama/sports/m-baskbl/auto_pdf/2013-14/release/release_20140110aaa.pdf
- ↑ "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.
- ↑ "McNeese State". mcneesesports.com. http://mcneesesports.com/schedule.aspx?path=mbball.
- ↑ "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.
- ↑ http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/lama/sports/w-baskbl/auto_pdf/2013-14/release/release_20140110aaa.pdf
- ↑ "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.
- ↑ "McNeese State". mcneesesports.com. http://mcneesesports.com/schedule.aspx?path=wbball.
- ↑ "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.
- ↑ "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.
- ↑ "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.
- ↑ "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.
- ↑ "2015 Baseball Cumulative Statistics". mcneesesports.com. http://www.mcneesesports.com/cumestats.aspx?path=baseball&year=2015. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
- ↑ "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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