LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The McNeese State Cowboys plan to take on their legendary rival, the Lamar University Cardinals, for the first time in twenty-one years on Saturday night.
The last time MSU and Lamar took the field was back in 1989 just before Lamar University lost their football program due to financial issues.
Now that Lamar University is bringing their football program back to life, McNeese is looking forward to hosting the cardinals for their first home game of the 2010 football season.
According to officials ticket sales are up as they have sold more than 14,000 tickets for this game.
"When you're only separated by 60 or so miles, it really adds to the excitement," said Tommy McClelland, Athletic Director for McNeese.
McClelland said McNeese is looking forward to closing up some unfinished business left on the field back in 1989.
"Actually the last game that they played was against McNeese in which they beat us so we're excited about the opportunity to avenge that loss and get them back," said McClelland.
Lamar University officials said they have sold more than 2,500 tickets as they anticipate the big rivalry game Saturday night.
Larry Tidwell, the interim athletic director for Lamar, said the athletic department cannot wait to hit the field with someone they once considered their largest rival.
"They played McNeese more than any other program in the history of football at Lamar University," said Tidwell. "When you mix red and white with some blue and gold you've got a lot of rivalry going on there."
Tickets will be sold up until game time and the office will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning.
The game is scheduled for Sept. 4th at Cowboy Field at 7 P.M.