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Dec. 21, 1901 - first SLII football game vs. Opelousas High School.
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.
Click here for the 1923 Football Photo Gallery which indicates that the team is playing its home games at Girard Field.
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.
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.
September 18, 1971 - Reggie Dupre breaks the longest run from scrimmage in school history - a 90-yard sprint against Southeastern La.
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.
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.