Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns football

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Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns football
2014 Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns football team
UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns Logo.png
First season 1902 (1902)
Athletic director Scott Farmer
Head coach Mark Hudspeth
4th year, 35–16 (.686)
Home stadium Cajun Field
Year built 1971
Stadium capacity 36,900
Stadium surface ProGrass
Location Lafayette, LA
League NCAA Division I (FBS)
Conference Sun Belt
All-time record 476–513–31 (.482)
Postseason bowl record 4–0 (1.000)
Claimed national titles 0
Conference titles 14
Consensus All-Americans 0
Colors

Vermilion and White

          
Fight song Ragin' Cajuns Fight Song
Mascot Cayenne
Marching band Pride of Acadiana
Outfitter Adidas
Rivals Louisiana–Monroe
Arkansas State
Website www.ragincajuns.com

The Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns football program is a college football team that represents the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in the Sun Belt Conference. On Saturday, December 17, 2011, the Ragin' Cajuns won their first Division I FBS bowl game at the New Orleans Bowl in a 32-30 point game with a 50-yard field goal as time expired. They have since won the following three New Orleans Bowls for the most successful stretch in the program's history.

History[edit]

Division history[edit]

Years Division
1937-1962 National Junior College Athletic Association
1963-1972 NCAA College Division (Small College)
1973 NCAA Division II
1974-1977 NCAA Division I
1978-present NCAA Division I-A

Conference affiliations[edit]

Years Conference
1902-1913 Independent
1914-1925 Louisiana Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1926-1941 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1939-1947 Louisiana Intercollegiate Conference
1948-1970 Gulf States Conference
1971-1981 Southland Conference
1982-1992 Division I-A Independent
1993-1995 Big West Conference
1996-2000 Division I-A Independent
2001-present Sun Belt Conference

Conference championships[edit]

Only eight of Louisiana–Lafayette's fourteen conference titles are outright titles. The other six are shared titles.[1]

Year Conference Overall Record Conference Record
1914 Louisiana Intercollegiate Athletic Association 5–3–0 0–0–0
1916 Louisiana Intercollegiate Athletic Association 7–1–0 0–0–0
1917 Louisiana Intercollegiate Athletic Association 8–2–0 0–0–0
1924 Louisiana Intercollegiate Athletic Association 6–2–1 0–0–0
1925 Louisiana Intercollegiate Athletic Association 7–2–0 0–0–0
1940 Louisiana Intercollegiate Conference 6–3–1 0–0–0
1952† Gulf States Conference 5–2–2 3–0–2
1965† Gulf States Conference 7–3–0 4–1–0
1968 Gulf States Conference 8–3–0 5–1–0
1970 Gulf States Conference 9–3–0 5–0–0
1976† Southland Conference 9–2–0 4–1–0
1993† Big West Conference 8–3–0 5–1–0
2005† Sun Belt Conference 6–5–0 5–2–0
2013† Sun Belt Conference 9–4–0 5–2–0

† Denotes shared title. Reference: *[1]

No Team: 1905

Season-by-season records[edit]

Season Conference Wins Losses Ties Postseason Results Notes
University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin Cajuns
2014 Sun Belt 9 4 Won New Orleans Bowl 16-3 over Nevada
2013 Sun Belt 9 4 Won New Orleans Bowl 24-21 over Tulane
2012 Sun Belt 9 4 Won New Orleans Bowl 43-34 over East Carolina
2011 Sun Belt 9 4 Won New Orleans Bowl 32-30 over San Diego State
2010 Sun Belt 3 9
2009 Sun Belt 6 6
2008 Sun Belt 6 6
2007 Sun Belt 3 9
2006 Sun Belt 6 6
2005 Sun Belt 6 5
2004 Sun Belt 4 7
2003 Sun Belt 4 8
2002 Sun Belt 3 9
2001 Sun Belt 3 8
2000 Independent 1 10
1999 Independent 2 9
1998 Independent 2 9
1997 Independent 1 10
1996 Independent 5 6
1995 Big West 6 5
1994 Big West 6 5
1993 Big West 8 3
1992 Independent 2 9
1991 Independent 2 8 1
1990 Independent 5 6
1989 Independent 7 4
1988 Independent 6 5
1987 Independent 6 5
1986 Independent 6 5
1985 Independent 4 7
1984 Independent 6 5
1983 Independent 4 6
1982 Independent 7 3 1
1981 Southland 1 9 1
1980 Southland 7 4
1979 Southland 4 7
1978 Southland 3 8
1977 Southland 6 4 2
1976 Southland 9 2
1975 Southland 6 5
1974 Southland 2 9
1973 Southland 0 10
1972 Southland 5 6
1971 Southland 5 4 1
1970 Gulf States 9 3 Lost Grantland Rice Bowl 26-25
Totals 195 268 6 (1970–2011, includes only regular season)

Postseason history[edit]

National Junior College Athletic Association[edit]

W/L Date PF Opponent PA Bowl
W 01-01-1944 24 Arkansas–Monticello 7 Oil Bowl

NCAA Small College Division[edit]

W/L Date PF Opponent PA Bowl
L 10-12-1970 25 Tennessee State 26 Grantland Rice Bowl

NCAA Division I FBS[edit]

W/L Date PF Opponent PA Bowl
W 12–17–2011 32 San Diego State 30 New Orleans Bowl
W 12–22–2012 43 East Carolina 34 New Orleans Bowl
W 12–21–2013 24 Tulane 21 New Orleans Bowl
W 12–20–2014 16 Nevada 3 New Orleans Bowl

Home stadiums[edit]

McNaspy Stadium[edit]

Main article: McNaspy Stadium

In 1940 McNaspy Stadium was built on the campus of Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette). It served as the Cajuns home field through the 1970 season and was demolished in 2000. McNaspy Stadium was located at the site where the current computer science building Oliver Hall now stands.

Cajun Field[edit]

Main article: Cajun Field
Cajun Field on gameday.


Rivalries[edit]

Active rivalry[edit]

Louisiana–Monroe Warhawks[edit]

Main article: Battle on the Bayou

The Battle on the Bayou is the annual rivalry game between Louisiana–Lafayette and Louisiana–Monroe. The wooden boot-shaped rivalry trophy was created in 2002 to be awarded to the victors.[2]

Louisiana-Lafayette–Louisiana-Monroe: All-Time Record
Games played First meeting Last meeting UL Lafayette wins UL Lafayette losses Ties Win %
49 September 15, 1951 (lost 7–13) November 11, 2013 (loss 31–28) 25 24 0 52.1%

Inactive rivalries[edit]

Lamar Cardinals[edit]

Main article: Sabine Shoe

The first Sabine Shoe trophy was first awarded in 1937 to the winner of the SLI–Lamar football game.[3] The name of the bronze rivalry trophy was derived from the Sabine River that forms the Texas-Louisiana border. USL defeated Lamar in the 1978 edition of the rivalry game, but the Ragin' Cajuns were not awarded the trophy as it had vanished.[4] The Sabine Shoe trophy now sits in at trophy case in the Ragin' Cajun Athletic Complex.

Louisiana-Lafayette–Lamar: All-Time Record
Games played First meeting Last meeting UL Lafayette wins UL Lafayette losses Ties Win %
34 October 27, 1923 (won 19–16) September 1, 2012 (won 40–0) 23 11 0 67.6%

McNeese State Cowboys[edit]

Main article: Cajun Crown

The Cajun Crown was the name of the rivalry trophy between USL and McNeese State.[5]

Louisiana-Lafayette–McNeese State: All-Time Record
Games played First meeting Last meeting UL Lafayette wins UL Lafayette losses Ties Win %
37 September 22, 1951 (won 35–14) September 15, 2007 (lost 17–38) 15 20 2 43.2%

Southeastern Louisiana Lions[edit]

Main article: Cypress Mug

The Cypress Mug was the turned, polished mahogany mug awarded to the winner of the Southwestern–Southeastern football game.[6]

Louisiana-Lafayette–Southeastern Louisiana: All-Time Record
Games played First meeting Last meeting UL Lafayette wins UL Lafayette losses Ties Win %
39 November 11, 1930 (won 13–0) September 12, 1981 (lost 42–33) 19 17 3 52.6%

Players[edit]

Future non-conference opponents[edit]

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
at Kentucky vs Boise State at Tulsa vs Tulsa
vs Akron vs McNeese State at Texas A&M
at Louisiana Tech at Tulane
at Georgia

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References[edit]

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