McNeese State Cowboys football

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 were formerly coached by Lance Guidry.

McNeese State Cowboys
2019 McNeese State Cowboys football team
First season1940
Athletic directorBruce Hemphill
Head coachSterlin Gilbert
1st season, 5–4 (.556)
StadiumCowboy Stadium
(Capacity: 17,410)
Field surfaceArtificial turf
LocationLake Charles, Louisiana
NCAA divisionDivision I FCS
ConferenceSouthland Conference
All-time record43125213 (.629)
Bowl record33 (.500)
Playoff record11–14
Claimed nat'l titles2
Conference titles14
RivalriesCentral Arkansas (rivalry)
Lamar (rivalry)
Louisiana (rivalry)
Northwestern State (rivalry)
ColorsRoyal Blue and Gold[1]
         
WebsiteMcNeeseSports.com

History

On August 31, 2013, McNeese State opened their season by defeating the South Florida Bulls, 53–21. It was the largest margin of victory (32 points) by a Football Championship Subdivision (FCS, formerly I-AA) team over a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS, formerly I-A) team since the NCAA split Division I football into two divisions in 1978.[2]

Championships

Southland Conference champions

  • 1976, 1979, 1980, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2015[3]

Division I-AA championship games

Bowl games

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.[4]

Season Bowl Opponent Result
1951Cosmopolitan BowlLouisiana CollegeW 13–6
1962Golden Isles BowlHoward (AL)W 21–14
1971Grantland Rice BowlTennessee StateL 23–26
1976Independence BowlTulsaW 20–16
1979Independence BowlSyracuseL 7–31
1980Independence BowlSouthern MissL 14–16

Rivalries

Central Arkansas

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 .500

Lamar

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.[5]

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 .729

Louisiana

The Cajun Crown was the name of the rivalry trophy between Louisiana–Lafayette and McNeese State.[6]

Louisiana–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 22–30) 20 16 2 .553

Northwestern State

McNeese State leads the series with Northwestern State 45–22–1 through the 2018 season.

Notable former players

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)
  • B.J. Blunt - Washington Redskins (2019)
CFL
  • Kerry Joseph - Ottawa Renegades (2003-05), Saskatchewan Roughriders (2006-07, 2014), Toronto Argonauts (2008-09), Edmonton Eskimos (2010-13)
  • Diontae Spencer - Toronto Argonauts (2015-2016), Ottawa Redblacks (2017 - )

Future non-conference opponents

Announced schedules as of October 8, 2018.[7]

2019 2020 2021
vs Southern at Louisiana vs West Florida
at Oklahoma State vs Northern Colorado at LSU
vs Alcorn State

See also

References

  1. "McNeese State Athletics Style Guide". Retrieved April 1, 2016.
  2. Auman, Greg (September 1, 2013). "Division doesn't matter this time". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved February 21, 2019 via newspapers.com.
  3. http://wilson.engr.wisc.edu/rsfc/champs/Southland.txt
  4. "McNeese State Historical Data". www.cfbdatawarehouse.com. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  5. "Verizon Wireless Announces Lamar-McNeese State Rivalry Series - LAMARCARDINALS.COM - Lamar Cardinals Official Athletic Site". lamarcardinals.com. Archived from the original on 2014-10-24.
  6. "College Football Rivalries". www.1122productions.com. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  7. "McNeese State Cowboys Football Schedules and Future Schedules". fbschedules.com. Retrieved 2018-10-08.
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