McNeese State Cowboys football
2022 McNeese State Cowboys football team
McNeese State "M" logo.png
First season1940
Athletic directorHeath Schroyer
Head coachGary Goff
1st season, 0–0 (–)
StadiumCowboy Stadium
(capacity: 17,610)
Field surfaceArtificial turf
LocationLake Charles, Louisiana
NCAA divisionDivision I FCS
ConferenceSouthland Conference
All-time record479–288–13 (.622)
Bowl record3–3 (.500)
Playoff record11–14
Conference titles14
RivalriesCentral Arkansas (rivalry)
Lamar (rivalry)
Louisiana (rivalry)
Northwestern State (rivalry)
ColorsRoyal blue and gold[1]
Fight song"On Mcneese"
Marching band"The Pride of Mcneese"

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.


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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]


Southland Conference champions

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-A 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
1951 Cosmopolitan Bowl Louisiana College W 13–6
1962 Golden Isles Bowl Howard (AL) 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


Central Arkansas

Main article: Red Beans and Rice Bowl

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


Main article: Battle of the Border (Lamar–McNeese State)

The two teams have met 39 times on the football field, with McNeese State holding a 27-11-1 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) March 13, 2021 (lost 26–27 OT) 27 11 1 .705


Main article: Cajun Crown

The Cajun Crown was the name of the rivalry trophy between Louisiana 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

Main article: McNeese State–Northwestern State football rivalry

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

Notable former players

Notable alumni include:


Future non-conference opponents

Announced schedules as of January 2, 2021.[7]

2022 2023 2024
at Rice vs Tarleton State Southern
vs Alcorn State at Alcorn State vs
at Texas A&M

See also


  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
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  4. ^ "McNeese State Historical Data". Archived from the original on 5 September 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Verizon Wireless Announces Lamar-McNeese State Rivalry Series - LAMARCARDINALS.COM - Lamar Cardinals Official Athletic Site". Archived from the original on 2014-10-24.
  6. ^ "College Football Rivalries". Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  7. ^ "McNeese Cowboys". FB Schedules. USA Today Sports. Retrieved 2 January 2021.