1987 Northeast Louisiana Indians football team

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1987 Northeast Louisiana Indians football
National Champions
Southland Conference Champions
Division I-AA National Championship vs. Marshall, W 43–42
Conference Southland Conference
1987 record 13–2 (6–0 Southland)
Head coach Pat Collins (7th season)
Home stadium Malone Stadium
Seasons
← 1986
1988 →
1987 Southland Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3 Northeast Louisiana $^ 6 0 0     13 2 0
#19 Sam Houston State 5 1 0     8 3 0
#16 North Texas State ^ 5 1 0     7 5 0
Northwestern State 3 3 0     6 5 0
SW Texas State 2 4 0     4 7 0
Stephen F. Austin 1 5 0     3 7 1
McNeese State 1 5 0     2 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
  • Ranking is from the Sports Network Poll

The 1987 Northeast Louisiana Indians football team represented Northeast Louisiana University (now known as the University of Louisiana at Monroe) in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I-AA college football during the 1987 season. Northeast Louisiana competed as a member of the Southland Conference, and played their home games on-campus at Malone Stadium. This Indians squad won the 1987 I-AA National Championship.

The Indians were led by seventh-year head coach Pat Collins, and were led by first team All-America Stan Humphries. The squad completed the regular season with an overall record of 9–2 and finished 6–0 to capture their first outright Southland Conference championship.[1] En route to the championship game, NLU defeated North Texas, Eastern Kentucky and Northern Iowa.[1] The Indians faced off against the Marshall Thundering Herd for the I-AA National Championship.[2] In the championship game, Marshall took a 42–28 lead into the fourth quarter only to have Humphries lead the Indians to a pair of late touchdowns and captured the championship with their 43–42 victory.[3]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
September 12 at Louisiana Tech Joe Aillet StadiumRuston, LA W 44–7  
September 19 at SW Texas State Bobcat StadiumSan Marcos, TX W 44–7  
September 26 Nicholls State* Malone StadiumMonroe, LA W 26–14  
October 3 at Northwestern State Harry Turpin StadiumNatchitoches, LA W 33–31  
October 10 at Lamar* Cardinal StadiumBeaumont, TX L 28–48  
October 17 Georgia Southern* Malone Stadium • Monroe, LA W 26–17  
October 24 Southwestern Louisiana* Malone Stadium • Monroe, LA (Battle on the Bayou) L 7–17  
October 31 McNeese State Malone Stadium • Monroe, LA W 37–10  
November 7 at Southern Miss* M. M. Roberts StadiumHattiesburg, MS W 34–24  
November 14 North Texas Malone Stadium • Monroe, LA W 24–23  
November 21 Arkansas State Malone Stadium • Monroe, LA W 31–21  
November 28 North Texas* Malone Stadium • Monroe, LA (First Round, Division I-AA Championship) W 30–9  
December 5 Eastern Kentucky* Malone Stadium • Monroe, LA (Quarterfinals, Division I-AA Championship) W 33–32  
December 12 Northern Iowa* Malone Stadium • Monroe, LA (Semifinals, Division I-AA Championship) W 44–41 2 OT 
December 19 vs. Marshall* MiniDomePocatello, ID (Division I-AA Championship Game) W 43–42  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

Team players in the NFL[edit]

Player Year Round Pick Position Club
Teddy Garcia 1988 NFL Draft 4 100 Kicker New England Patriots
Stan Humphries 1988 NFL Draft 6 159 Quarterback Washington Redskins
Jackie Harris 1990 NFL Draft 4 102 Tight end Green Bay Packers
Reference:[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 2011 ULM Football Fan Guide. Monroe, Louisiana: ULM Media Relations Office. 2011. p. 182. Retrieved August 27, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Northeast Louisiana bruised and battered". The Miami News. Associated Press. December 17, 1987. p. 2B. Retrieved August 21, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Louisianans Rally To Win I-AA Title". The New York Times. Associated Press. December 21, 1987. Retrieved August 21, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Draft picks by school: Louisiana–Monroe". NFL.com. National Football League. Retrieved August 27, 2011.