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Football Milestones

Do you have information on a "Football Milestone/Ragin' Cajuns First" to share with the Athletic Network?

If so, please email your "Milestone/Ragin' Cajuns Firsts" to Dr. Ed Dugas athleticnetwork@louisiana.edu - include your name, email address, and source.  Sources may be media guides, game day programs, L'Acadien, Vermilion, newspaper articles, and/or other media sources or publications, etc. Photos are encouraged. You witnessing an event is considered a primary source. 

In addition to many of the Ragin' Cajuns Milestones/Firsts, reunions and special events are also placed chronologically in the listing which follows below. To view photos of the football teams, please click the Photo Gallery on the left side of the home page, then Football in the menu. The teams are listed chronologically there.
For tailgating photos, please click Tailgating in the photo gallery menu. These are also placed chronologically, usually by game/year. Thanks.

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Dec. 21, 1901 -  first SLII football game vs. Opelousas High School.  
Click here for that page - articles, photo. 

Milestone Football Games - click here for the listing of those games, including date, opponents, scores, etc.

Milestone Football Wins - click here for the listing of those wins, including date, opponents, scores, etc.

1911 season - marked the end of scheduling high school teams and the football team played only intercollegiate teams (except for practice games).
Click here for the 1911 Football Photo Gallery.

Click here for the 1923 Football Photo Gallery which indicates that the team is playing its home games at Girard Field.

May 1925, 1925 -  UL built its first athletic complex at a cost of $41,000.  
Click here for that story by Jim Bradshaw where in he indicated that before Cajun Field and McNaspy Stadium, there was Southwestern Stadium, also known as Girard Field.

September 23, 1929 -  Former Ragin’ Cajuns standout Christian “Keener” Cagle appears on the cover of Time Magazine. He was later inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Click here for the AN Spotlight Feature of Cagle in May, 2008 which contains a photo of the cover of that Time Magazine and his monument at Cajun Field.   

October 10, 1931 - The Cajuns play their first night game, a home contest against the Crockett Aviators from Fort Crockett, Texas.  

Sept. 20, 1940 - First Football game at the new McNaspy Stadium, a 7-0 victory over Southeastern. Click here  for the 1940 Football Photo Gallery, which captures details of the first game and first season.

January 1, 1944 - UL makes its first-ever bowl appearance at the Oil Bowl in Houston, Texas. The Cajuns defeat Arkansas A&M 24-7. Alvin Dark, who would later manage in the Baseball Major Leagues for four different teams, kicks a field goal, throws a touchdown pass and runs for a score for SLI.

Click here for the first undefeated football season and victory in the Houston Oil Bowl over Arkansas State. 

November 2, 1946 - Louisiana plays Louisiana Tech in the first homecoming game in Ragin’ Cajuns history, falling 34-6.

December 19, 1947 - Guard Ted Andrus is the first Ragin’ Cajun to be selected in the NFL Draft. Andrus is picked in the 12th round of the 1948 draft by the Washington Redskins.

September 23, 1950 - F.G. Mixon (108 yards) and George Crowson (108 yards) are the first Cajuns pair to rush for more than 100 yards in the same game.

October 27, 1951 - F.G. Mixon (261 yards) becomes the first Cajun to rush for 200 yards in a game.

November 22, 1952 - A 20-13 win at McNeese State gives UL its first conference title in school history. The Cajuns are crowned Gulf States Conference champions under coach Raymond Didier.

November 19, 1955 - Louis Roth returns a punt 95 yards for a score against McNeese State - longest punt return in school history.

October 26, 1957 - For the first time in school history, the football team travels by plane to a game. UL lost 27-7 to Trinity College.

September 28, 1968 - Mike McDonald returns a kickoff 99 yards for touchdown at Pensacola Navy. McDonald’s return is the longest kickoff return in school history.

October 31, 1970 - Mike McDonald sets a single-game school record with four interceptions, helping UL to a 9-7 victory at ULM.

December 12, 1970 - In their second-ever bowl appearance, the Cajuns fall to Tennessee State 26-25 in the Grantland Rice Bowl in Baton Rouge. Trailing 14-0 early, UL storms back to take a 25-14 lead behind two touchdown passes from George Coussan to Nelson Schexnayder. Two Tennessee State scores in a 2:50 span in the fourth quarter coupled with eight interceptions, cost the Cajuns their second bowl victory.

December 12, 1970 - Click here  for J.C. Hatcher's report of the Grantland Rice Bowl and the Cajuns 26-25 loss to Tennessee State.

September 18, 1971 - Reggie Dupre breaks the longest run from scrimmage in school history - a 90-yard sprint against Southeastern La.  

Sept. 25, 1971 - first Football game at the new Cajun Field, a 21-0 win over Santa Clara.
Click here for the 1971 Football Photo Gallery, which provides many firsts of this first game at Cajun Field. Tommie Rogers made the first defensive tackle (1972 L'Acadien, page 252) and Charlie Fox (#46) made the first defensive touchdown, a quick-6.

Click here - then scroll down for
Faux Pas Becomes Tradition: 
The Blackjack, Lou Polk and Chip Cajun Field First Line-Marking Story... by Joseph "Chip" Sanches. It details the unique markings of the yard-lines for the first game at Cajun Field.
Please click here for the photo (click on #5) for the field yard markings. Joseph "Chip" Sanches, Baseball 1970-72 and Manager 1970 & 71.

October 5, 1974 - Rafael Septien kicks a school-record 57-yard field goal.

October 26, 1974 - Randy Fontenot connects with Harold Porter for a 95-yard touchdown against Tennessee-Chattanooga for the longest pass and catch in Cajuns history. 

December 4, 1976 - A crowd of 19,315 enjoys a 7-5 Cajuns victory over ULM. The season’s final home game brought the year’s total attendance to a school-record 163,143.

November 5, 1977 - Ron Irving sets a modern-day school record with a 90-yard interception return at Arkansas State.

November 18, 1978 - Frank Bartley sets the school record for tackles in a game with 30 vs. Southern Illinois.

January 21, 1979 - Rafael Septien is the first Ragin’ Cajun to play in a Super Bowl. Septien’s Dallas Cowboys lose to Pittsburgh, 35-31.

January 25, 1981 - Randy McClanahan is the first Ragin’ Cajun to win the Super Bowl, as Oakland defeats Philadelphia, 27-10.

November 6, 1982 - The Cajuns pull off the greatest homecoming comeback in school history. Trailing ULM 26-0 at halftime, a 60-yard touchdown run by quarterback Dwight Prudhomme sparks the rally. The Cajuns score 40 points in 17:20 to beat ULM, 40-26. 

November 11, 1986 Willie Culpepper hauls in eight catches for a school record 220 yards in a 33-13 win at McNeese State.

November 21, 1987 Brian Mitchell carries the ball 26 times for 271 yards and adds 205 yards passing for a school-record 476 yards of total offense. The Cajuns defeat Colorado State, 35-28. It is only the third time in NCAA history that a player accumulates at least 200 yards rushing and passing in the same game.

November 19, 1988 Five-foot-four kick return specialist Joe Redding has four kickoff returns for 89 yards to finish his career with 114 returns for 2,642 yards - both NCAA career records that would last for eight years.

October 21, 1989 With the best passing performance of his career (313 yards), Brian Mitchell becomes the first player in NCAA history to pass for 5,000 yards and rush for 3,000 yards in a career.

November 18, 1989 Brian Mitchell’s 7-yard touchdown run with 40 seconds left in the fourth quarter pulled the Cajuns within one point, 28-27. After the first two-point conversion was called back, Mitchell found Corey Williams for a second two-pointer to give UL a 29-28 victory over Arkansas State. Mitchell finished with 232 rushing yards and four rushing scores (he tallied 214 yards rushing and a school-record five rushing scores the week prior). Nine rushing TDs in his final two games gave Mitchell 47 for his career and set a NCAA record that would stand for nine seasons.

October 6, 1990 A crowd of 36,133 watches as the Cajuns take on Alabama at Cajun Field. The Crimson Tide is the only SEC team to ever play at Cajun Field.

November 27, 1993 After a 2-9 season in 1992, the Cajuns make one of the biggest turnarounds in college football history and win the Big West championship. A 21-17 win over Louisiana Tech completes an 8-3 season. Nelson Stokley is honored as Big West Coach of the Year, while Orlando Thomas is BWC Defensive Player of the Year.

October 28, 1995 Brandon Stokley (113 yards) and Donald Richard (102) become the first 100-yard receiving pair in Cajuns history. November 4, 1995 In a 40-33 win over Louisiana Tech, Jake Delhomme (371 pass), Marcus Prier (113 rush), Brandon Stokley (147 receive) and Donald Richard (117 receive) become the first UL foursome to pass for 300 yards, rush for 100 yards and record two 100-yard receivers in the same game.

November 18, 1995 Brandon Stokley’s 130 receiving yards give him 1,121 yards, an NCAA record for receiving yards by a freshman.

September 14, 1996 Quarterback Jake Delhomme leads the Cajuns to a 29-22 upset over #25 Texas A&M in front of 38,783 at Cajun Field.

November 9, 1996 Jake Delhomme saves one of the best performances of his stellar career for his final outing at Cajun Field. He throws a school-record five touchdown passes in guiding the Cajuns to a 45-31 win over Northern Illinois. Delhomme also sets the State of Louisiana career mark with 9,216 passing yards.

November 21, 1998 Brandon Stokley’s 110 receiving yards give him a total of 3,702 yards in 37 career games, thus becoming the first player in NCAA Division I-A history to average 100 yards receiving per game in a career.

September 4, 1999 Football is the first athletics team to compete as the University of Louisiana following the University’s centennial celebration and name change from Southwestern La. October 20, 2001 The Cajuns win their first Sun Belt Conference game in school history, a 54-37 triumph vs. Idaho in Pullman, Wash.

September 7, 2002 The Big 10 Conference makes its first appearance in Lafayette, as the Minnesota Golden Gophers travel to “The Swamp”, but the Cajuns fall, 35-11.

April 26, 2003 With the third pick in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears make Charles Tillman the highest drafted player in school history (35th overall). Tillman would go on to be named NFL Rookie of the Year and an All-Pro by Sports Illustrated, while receiving the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honor from Football Digest.

October 11, 2003 Eric Rekieta goes 33-of-54 for a school-record 473 passing yards and adds four touchdowns in a 45-42 homecoming loss to ULM. November 8, 2003 Derace James’ blocked field goal is returned 45 yards for a touchdown by UL’s Antwain Spann. Earlier in the season at South Carolina, Michael Adams’ blocked field goal was returned 89 yards for a touchdown by UL’s Pat Lamy. It was the first time in NCAA history that a team has returned two blocked field goals for touchdowns in the same season.

November 15, 2003 In one of the most thrilling games in school history, UL downs Middle Tennessee in a 57-51 four-overtime contest. Fred Stamps records a career-high 13 receptions for 201 yards - extending his schoolrecord reception streak to 44 games. Freshman Jerry Babb goes 37-of-56 for a career-best 435 yards and five TDs (4 pass / 1 rush).

Click here for the December 17, 2003 Dedication of the Athletic Network to Bill "Blackjack" Landry and J. C. "Dutch" Reinhardt for their years of dedication to the Athletics Department and the University.  

November 5, 2004 The Cajuns play North Texas in a Friday night game nationally televised to 86 million homes via ESPN2. The game is viewed in Iraq by troops serving in the U.S. armed forces.

Click here for the August 13, 2005 Coach Russ Faulkinberry Reunion held at Jeanmard Hall.

Click here for the October 28, 2006 Coach Augie Tammeriello Football Reunion and Recognition at Cajun Field.     

November 26, 2005 A 54-21 thrashing of ULM gives the Cajuns a share of the Sun Belt Conference title. True freshman Tyrell Fenroy runs for 164 yards and three TD’s. Fenroy becomes the first Cajuns running back to rush for 1,000 yards - finishing the season with 1,053 yards and 12 scores. Louisiana loses the Sun Belt tiebreaker and watches Arkansas State play at Cajun Field in the New Orleans Bowl at Lafayette.

October 4, 2008 Tyrell Fenroy rattles off a school record 297 yards rushing on just 20 carries at ULM. He appears to score his fourth TD and top 300 yards with less than one minute remaining, but the run is called back on a holding penalty. Fenroy doesn’t get another carry as the Cajuns run out the clock. He is awarded National Offensive Player of the Week honors.

October 11, 2008 Jason Chery touches the ball seven times in the first half at North Texas and gains 335 all-purpose yards, scoring five touchdowns. He scores on an 81-yard run, receptions of 17, 49 and 57 yards and has a 97- yard kickoff return for a TD.

November 1, 2008 In the 1,000th game in school history, Tyrell Fenroy becomes the seventh player in NCAA history with four 1,000-yard rushing seasons, joining Tony Dorsett, Amos Lawrence, Denvis Manns, Ron Dayne, Cedric Benson and DonTrell Moore. Fenroy has already become the school and Sun Belt all-time leader in rushing yards and soon becomes the State of Louisiana career leader.

December 3, 2008 Michael Desormeaux gains 42 yards rushing to finish the season with 1,035 yards and become just the eighth QB in NCAA history with back-to-back 1,000- yard rushing seasons.

December 9, 2008 Tyrell Fenroy and Michael Desormeaux are named Sun Belt Player of the Year and Offensive POY, respectively, after leading the Cajuns to new school single-season records in total yards (5,390) and touchdowns (54).

September 5, 2009 A new attendance record is set, as 41,357 fans “sellout” Cajun Field as UL beats the Southern, 42-19. September 12, 2009 The Big 12’s Kansas State comes to Cajun Field and is upset by the Cajuns 17-15. Tyler Albrecht nails his first career field goal, a 48-yard attempt with 32 seconds left to win the game.

Click here for the September 25, 2010 40th Reunion of the 1970 Championship Team at Cajun Field. 

November 21, 2011 On Monday, the Ragin’ Cajuns accepted a bid to the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, the school’s first bowl appearance since 1970.

On December 18, 2011, the Ragin' Cajuns defeated San Diego State 32-30 in the New Orleans Bowl on a last second 50-yard field goal by Brett Baer.

Click any current article in the News Box, then click Archived News in the upper left of the new page. When on the Archived News Page, click both December and 2011 for a listing of all of the articles for that month and year, including those of the New Orleans Bowl, December 18, 2011. 

Click here for the September 28, 2012 Bill "Blackjack" Landry Statue Dedication at Cajun Field. 

December 22, 2012 Terrance Broadway accounted for 424 yards of total offense, throwing for 316 yards and a score and rushing for 108 yards and a TD, as the Cajuns won their second straight R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, 43-34, over East Carolina. Brett Baer kicked three field goals to end his career as the most accurate kicker in NCAA history (45-50, .900).

Click any current article in the News Box, then click Archived News in the upper left of the new page. When on the Archived News Page, click both December and 2012 for a listing of all of the articles for that month and year, including those of the New Orleans Bowl, December 22, 2012.

Click here for the April 12, 2014 of Dr. David Fisher being honored at the University Spring Gala.  

October 21, 2014 In a high-scoring affair, the Cajuns leaned on the running back duo of Alonzo Harris and Elijah McGuire to carry the load against Arkansas State. The tandem combined for eight touchdowns, four apiece, en route to a 55-40 victory over the Red Wolves. McGuire posted the third most rushing yards in a game tallying 265 yards on 19 carries.

Click here for the October 31 and November 1, 2014 for the Reunion of Former Coach Russ Faulkinberry's early football players.

December 20, 2014 The Ragin’ Cajuns jumped out to a 7-0 lead on a 17- yard touchdown pass from Terrance Broadway to C.J. Bates and never looked back claiming a 16-3 victory over Nevada for the program’s fourth R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Championship.

Click any current article in the News Box, then click Archived News in the upper left of the new page. When on the Archived News Page, click both December and 2014 for a listing of all of the articles for that month and year, including those of the New Orleans Bowl, December 20, 2014.

December 17, 2016 The Cajuns make their fifth appearance in the R+L Carries New Orleans bowl in a six year span falling 28-21 to Southern Miss.

Click any current article in the News Box, then click Archived News in the upper left of the new page. When on the Archived News Page, click both December and 2016 for a listing of all of the articles for that month and year, including those of the New Orleans Bowl, December 17, 2016.

September 2, 2017 For the first time since 1981, the Ragin’ Cajuns met the Southeastern Louisiana Lions on the gridiron renewing a rival between the two schools that are separated by only 90 miles. The game was worth the wait as both teams went back and forth in the 2017 season opener at Cajun Field, but in the end, powered by holding SLU to only 13 second half points, the Cajuns came away with a 51-48 win to improve their all-time record against the Lions to 20-17-3.

Click here for the Sept 22-23, 2017 Gridiron Alumni Reunion Weekend.

December 15, 2017 Billy Napier is named the 26th head coach of the Louisiana Football program.

Click here for the August 31, 2018 Dedication of the Coach Russ Faulkinberry Ragin' Cajuns Towers at Cajun Field.  

November 24, 2018 Louisiana traveled to Monroe with the Sun Belt West Division title and a spot in the inaugural Sun Belt Championship Game on the line. Up 31-28 and the game on the line, the Warhawks missed the game tying field goal as time expired to clinch the title and secure a championship game berth for the Cajuns.

September 14, 2019 Louisiana defeats Texas Southern, 77-6, on Family Weekend at Cajun Field. The 77 points are the most scored by the Cajuns in a single game, while the 71-point margin of victory is the most ever.

Nov. 23, 2019 For the second-straight season, the Ragin’ Cajuns staked claim to the SBC West Division Championship following a 53-3 rout of Troy.

Click here for the Past Ballplayers Association (PBA) Tailgating prior to the above Troy game .  

Nov. 30, 2019 After a thrilling 31-30 victory over in-state rival ULM, Louisiana eclipsed the double-digit win mark for the first time ever with its 10th victory, while also setting the school record for the most SBC wins with seven.

January 6, 2020 Behind a record-setting performance by quarterback Levi Lewis and timely defensive stops, Louisiana earned its first victory in a bowl game since the 2014 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl when it defeated Miami (Ohio), 27-17, in the Lending Tree Bowl on Monday night.

Click any current article in the News Box, then click Archived News in the upper left of the new page. When on the Archived News Page, click both January and 2020 for a listing of all of the articles for that month and year, including those on the Lending Tree Bowl of Jan. 6, 2020.