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McNeese State Cowboys football

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First season  1940
Field surface  Artificial turf
Arena/Stadium  Cowboy Stadium
Conference  Southland Conference
Stadium surface  Artificial turf
Seating capacity  17,410
NCAA division  Division I FCS
Division  Division I (NCAA)
Athletic director  Bruce Hemphill
League  Division I (NCAA)
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Head coach  Lance Guidry 1st year, 6–5 (.545)
Location  Lake Charles, Louisiana
Rivals  Lamar Cardinals football, Central Arkansas Bears football, Northwestern State Demons 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 are coached by Lance Guidry.


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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.

Southland Conference champions

  • 1976, 1979, 1980, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2015
  • Bowl history

    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.

    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.

    Lamar Cardinals

    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.

    Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns

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

    Notable former players

    Notable alumni include:

  • 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)
  • References

    McNeese State Cowboys football Wikipedia