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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. 

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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.

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.