|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||September 28, 2019|
|All-time series||Nicholls leads, 16–14|
|Largest victory||Nicholls State, 63–37 (1993)|
|Longest win streak||3 games, three times by Nicholls, 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 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. 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 Athletic Director Rob Bernardi brought controversy to 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. Texas State won the Battle for the Paddle 38–12. The next scheduled meeting will be in 2019.
Nicholls leads series 16–14.
|Nicholls victories||Texas State victories|
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