McNeese State Cowboys football

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McNeese State Cowboys
2014 McNeese State Cowboys football team
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First season 1940
Athletic director Bruce Hemphill
Head coach Matt Viator
Home stadium Cowboy Stadium
Stadium capacity 17,410
Stadium surface Artificial turf
Location Lake Charles, LA
League NCAA Division I (FCS)
Conference Southland Conference
All-time record 431–252–13 (.629)
Postseason bowl record 3–3 (.500)
Claimed national titles 0
Conference titles 13
Division titles 0
Heisman winners 0

Blue and Gold

Rivals Central Arkansas
Northwestern State
For information on all McNeese State University sports, see McNeese State Cowboys

The McNeese State Cowboys football program is the intercollegiate American football team for McNeese State University located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Southland Conference. McNeese State's first football team was fielded in 1940. The team plays its home games at the 17,410 seat Cowboy Stadium in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The Cowboys are coached by Matt Viator.


On August 31, 2013, McNeese State opened their season at South Florida by defeating the bulls 53-21. It was the largest point total by a Football Championship Subdivision team over a Football Bowl Subdivision team in a victory since the NCAA split Division I football into two divisions in 1978. The 32 point difference was also the greatest margin of victory by a FCS team over a FBS team.

Notable former players[edit]

Notable alumni include:


Don Breaux, Washington; Tom Sestak, Buffalo; Leonard Smith, Buffalo; Stephen Starring, New England, Oakland; Buford Jordan, New Orleans; Don Stump, Cleveland; Kavika Pittman, Dallas; Zach Bronson, San Francisco; Kerry Joseph, Seattle; Keith Ortego, Chicago; Flip Johnson, Buffalo; Bryan Hicks, Cincinnati; Richard Ellender Houston (Oilers); Jim Gonsolin, Pittsburg; Luke Lawton, various; BJ Sams, Carolina;


Derrick Battiste, Oakland; Jonathan Mitchell, Birmingham; Brett Martin, San Antonio; Buford Jordan, Portland;

Year-by-year results[edit]



Conference championships[edit]

Southland Conference champions: 1976, 1979, 1980, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009 [2]


Inactive rivalry[edit]

Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns[edit]

Main article: Cajun Crown

The Cajun Crown was the name of the rivalry trophy between USL and McNeese State.[3]

UL Lafayette–McNeese State: All-Time Record
Games played First meeting Last meeting McNeese State wins McNeese State losses Ties Win %
37 September 22, 1951 (lost 14–35) September 15, 2007 (won 38–17) 20 15 2 56.8%


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