McNeese State Cowboys football

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McNeese State Cowboys
2016 McNeese State Cowboys football team
McNeese State "M" logo.png
First season 1940
Athletic director Bruce Hemphill
Head coach Lance Guidry
1st year, 6–5 (.545)
Stadium Cowboy Stadium
Seating capacity 17,410
Field surface Artificial turf
Location Lake Charles, Louisiana
NCAA division Division I FCS
Conference Southland Conference
All-time record 431–252–13 (.629)
Bowl record 3–3 (.500)
Playoff record 11–14
Claimed nat'l titles 2
Conference titles 14
Colors Royal Blue and Sunflower Yellow[1]
         
Rivals Central Arkansas
Lamar
Northwestern State
Website McNeeseSports.com
For information on all McNeese State University sports, see McNeese State Cowboys and Cowgirls

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 Lance Guidry.

History[edit]

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.[citation needed] The 32 point difference was also the greatest margin of victory by a FCS team over a FBS team.

Championships[edit]

Southland Conference champions[edit]

  • 1976, 1979, 1980, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2015[2]

Bowl history[edit]

The Cowboys have participated in six bowl games, the first three being College Division bowl games and the last three being against Division I-AA teams. They also participated in the Cajun Bowl against the Southern Arkansas Muleriders in 1947, which ended in a scoreless tie.[3]

Season Bowl Opponent Result
1951 Cosmopolitan Bowl Louisiana College W 13–6
1962 Golden Isles Bowl Samford W 21–14
1971 Grantland Rice Bowl Tennessee State L 23–26
1976 Independence Bowl Tulsa W 20–16
1979 Independence Bowl Syracuse L 7–31
1980 Independence Bowl Southern Miss L 14–16
Total 6 Bowl Games 3–3

Rivalries[edit]

Central Arkansas[edit]

The two teams have met 9 times on the football field with McNeese State leading the series tied 5–4–0. Due to conference scheduling requirements, the most recent game was played in 2015.

McNeese State–Central Arkansas: All-Time Record
Games played First meeting Last meeting McNeese wins McNeese losses Ties Win %
10 September 17, 1994 (won 21-7) October 15, 2016 (lost 0-35) 5 5 0 .556

Lamar Cardinals[edit]

The two teams have met 34 times on the football field, with McNeese State currently holding a 24-9-1 agreement with the two universities and Verizon Wireless.[4]

McNeese State–Lamar: All-Time Record
Games played First meeting Last meeting McNeese wins McNeese losses Ties Win %
34 November 10, 1951 (won 13-7) November 19, 2016 (won 41-10) 25 9 1 71.7%

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.[5]

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 10, 2016 (lost 30-22) 20 16 2 56.8%

Notable former players[edit]

Notable alumni include:

NFL
  • Don Breaux - Denver (1963) and San Diego ('64-'65); also coordinated Washington Redskins (1981-89, 1990-93, 2004-07) and various teams
  • Tom Sestak - AFL Buffalo Bills (1962-68)
  • Leonard Smith - St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals (1983-1988), Buffalo Bills (1988-1991) (College Football Hall of Famer)
  • Stephen Starring - New England Patriots (1983-87), Detroit Lions and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1988)
  • Buford Jordan - New Orleans/Portland Breakers (1984-85) USFL, New Orleans Saints (1986-1992)
  • Kavika Pittman - Dallas Cowboys (1996-99), Denver (2000-02), Carolina (2003)
  • Zach Bronson - San Francisco 49ers (1997-2003); St. Louis (2004)
  • Kerry Joseph - Seattle Seahawks (1999-2002)
  • Keith Ortego - Chicago Bears (1985-87)
  • Flip Johnson - Buffalo Bills (1988-89)
  • Bryan Hicks - Cincinnati Bengals (1980-82)
  • Luke Lawton - various teams (2005-2010)
  • B. J. Sams - Baltimore Ravens (2004-07); Kansas City Chiefs (2008)
  • Vincent Landrum - Barcelona Dragons (1997) WLAF/NFL Europe World Bowl Champion
  • Jonathan Mitchell - Birmingham Stallions USFL
CFL
  • Kerry Joseph - Ottawa Renegades (2003-05), Saskatchewan Roughriders (2006-07, 2014), Toronto Argonauts (2008-09), Edmonton Eskimos (2010-13)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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