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First Football Game, Football Rosters, Football Coaches, Oil Bowl, Stadiums, Scoreboard Clock

These stories originally appeared in "The Daily Advertiser's History of Acadiana by Jim Bradshaw: Beginning Traditions," published May 26, 1998.

First Football Game

The official records list the 1908 season as the first football season for
SLII. But, at least one game was played in 1901, and there may have been a game with LSU as early as 1902.In 1901, SLII played one football game, a 45-0 victory over a team from Opelousas High School.A handbill in the USL Archives gives this message:Don't Miss ItFOOTBALL GAMEbetweenInstitute Team andLouisiana State UniversityTomorrow, Thursday, 3:30 p.m.at the InstituteHand-written on the side of the handbill is “Thursday, Oct. 16, 1902," but there is no report of the result of the game. There is a press report about a game played in 1907.The Advertiser reported on Nov. 2, 1907, “The whole school, teachers and all, are going to take in (the) Crowley Fair and attend the game of football between our team and the team of Crowley High School. We have no doubt of winning as we have such a rattling good team in the first place, and then such a large crowd of rooters would be sure to turn the tide in our favor if any critical moments arise. "That crowd, and the weather, helped the SLII team that day, according to the report in the Crowley Signal of Nov. 9, 1907:“In a stubbornly contested game on a wet and soggy field Saturday the football team of the Southwestern Industrial Institute of Lafayette won from the Crowley High School football team by a score of 11 to 5. The field was very muddy and in some places the water stood on the ground several inches deep. There was a good crowd of spectators present, but a majority of them were from Lafayette, the home people not patronizing the game as it deserved.“In Saturday's game the local team, nothwithstanding it met defeat, demonstrated that it contained excellent material and knows the game," the Signal reported. “It was the opinion of competent football men that on a dry field the local team is superior to the Lafayette team and under normal conditions would beat it easily.“The visitors were much the heavier. The wet grounds made the passing of the ball almost impossible and this handicapped the locals. Most of the gains had to be made through the line and here the superior height of the visitors told. The slippery condition of the ball made it impossible for Brooks, Crowley's star fullback, to handle the ball effectively. Brooks is unquestionably the fastest man playing football in Southwest Louisiana and he knows the game thoroughly and has plenty of nerve. Repeatedly he had opportunities for runs which under normal conditions would have resulted in touchdowns. In almost every instance, the slippery condition of the ball resulted in costly fumbles. When the ball was handled cleanly the heavy condition of the going and the slippery ground made effective speed impossible."The records don't list who coached that 1907 team. The first coach listed is C.J. McNaspy, who led the 1908 team that defeated St. Martinville twice, Crowley, New Iberia, Lake Charles, and Vinton, for a perfect 6-0 record. When McNaspy took over that early football squad, he went to the best to get his plays, if archival letters are a clue.In the files for 1911, there is correspondence between McNaspy and Glenn S. (Pop) Warner, then athletic director of the Carlisle Indian School in Carlisle, Pa. He would become a legend in collegiate football, coaching 44 years at Georgia, Cornell, Carlisle, Pittsburgh, Stanford, and Temple, and winning 319 games. In 1911, he apparently offered a mail order course in how to coach football, which included a book of plays. That correspondence indicates that McNaspy had received the course in 1908, but was now asking for an updated playbook.“My football course for this year is radically different from the 1908 course, which you say you have," Warner wrote to McNaspy in September 1911. “The radical changes were made necessary by the rule changes of last year, and all of the plays in this year's course are different from the ones you have. However, it was not necessary to materially change some of the pamphlets and to old subscribers I have been making a special price of $5 for the entire course. ..."McNaspy sent back his $5, saying, “I want your course in football for 1911 with the plays in line shifts."That first football program at the Institute (as USL was then called), like other athletic programs, apparently began under the auspices for the Intercollegiate Athletic and Oratorical Association of Southwest Louisiana (IA&OA.), which had been formed in 1904 to promote athletics and academics among the schools in southwest Louisiana. The IA&OA football rules formulated about 1908 have been kept in the USL Archives. Among them:• Each school in the IA&OA shall be a member of the association and shall be entitled to organize and play under these rules a first and second team.• Every player and substitute must be a bona fide member of the school he represents. He must not have entered later than the end of the fourth week of the session. He must be doing at least four hours of school work per school day and must never have been enrolled in any other school of higher academic grade than the one which he represents.• Each team shall be entitled to three subs and one coach in all games.• The schedule, exclusive of (the) championship game, shall consist of not less than four nor more than six games for each school. Schools canceling any game ... and not arranging a later date for same shall forfeit all rights to their share in the division of Championship game funds.• A championship game shall be played on the SLII campus Thanksgiving Day between the two teams having the highest record of games won. In cases of ties in these records the two of these teams scoring the greatest number of points shall play the championship game. In 1909, SLII, played an eight-game schedule, with six of the games against high schools. The Institute won all but one of the high school games, but lost twice to Louisiana State Normal School in the two games in played against college-level competition. From 1910 forward, SLII scheduled college-level competition almost exclusively, and apparently competed well that first year with other Louisiana schools.There is a post card in the USL archives from that year, apparently one of a number of cards sent to SLII football backers in Lafayette. “Thank you friends and Alumni for your Good Support last Saturday," it reads. “It helped to win the game and added $20 to the receipts. Now come out for next Saturday. The College Championship of Louisiana hangs in the balance. If Jefferson wins, they're it. If we win, we're it. No delay this time. Game positively starts at 3 p.m. Admission 50 cents."The records show that SLI beat Jefferson College 11-0 in 1910, taking the college championship that year, and that they would continue to field championship teams throughout the decade. (The college championship did not include games against LSU and Tulane, both much more powerful than the smaller colleges of the state. The Louisiana Intercollegiate Athletic Association then included SLI, Louisiana Normal at Natchitoches, Louisiana College at Pineville, St. Charles College at Grand Coteau, and Jefferson College from St. James Parish.)The Baton Rouge newspaper reported in 1916, “Southwestern Industrial Institute and Jefferson College elevens meet here Saturday in the game scheduled for the championship in the college class. This contest will be played preliminary to the LSU-Rice contest."In that 1916 season, Jefferson College was the only college team to cross SLII's goal. SLII beat the LSU Reserves 6-0, Louisiana College 65-0, St. Charles College 95-0, Tulane Reserves 14-0, Louisiana Industrial Institute (now Louisiana Tech) 26-0, Jefferson College 13-6, and Louisiana Normal 26-0. SLII was conference champion again in 1917, defeating Jefferson College 14-7. In 1918, the team repeated its defensive performance, beating St. Charles College 26-0, LSU Reserves 22-0, Louisiana College 36-0, Crowley City Team 54-0, Jefferson College 32-0, St. Martin City Team 69-0, Louisiana Industrial Institute 34-0, and Louisiana Normal 57-0. That year's record was blemished by a 20-6 loss to LSU and a 6-0 loss to Spring Hill.

Football rosters

Early rosters and records of the university's sports teams can be compiled from a handwritten ledger book and other notes in the files of coach and athletic director J.C. (Dutch) Reinhardt now in the USL Archives. These are the rosters of the early football teams as reflected in those files. In some of the early rosters it is unclear whether they are complete rosters or only the names of lettermen.
1910: C.V. Normand, R.J. Coley (Captain), W.S. Vincent, G. Bourque, Oscar Hebert, D. Bertrand, Berr Miller, Joe Vincent, George Guidroz, Roy Aycock, B.L. Moore, M. Bercegeay.
1911: R. Aycock (Captain), J.L. Lee, J.J. Buckley, Robert Lowrey, Singleton, S. Coupton, F. Curley, Ignace Hirrel, W.A. Williams, G. Bourque, U. Bourque, M. Bercegeay.
1912: Lloyd Lee (Captain), Gaston Guerimer, Elam Compton, Marshall Denbo, Slattery Aleman (sic), Lionel Jag, Robert Lower, Aden Hebert, John Buckley, Harry Shepherd, Sam Lyons, Vorlies Launey, Charles Comfort, Terry Roy, George Singleton, Eloi Joffrion.
1913: S. Alleman, L. Terrebonne, G. Read, Q. Guilbeau, C. Bergeron, E. Daigle, W. Williams, Maxime Doucet, Terry Roy (Captain), R. Lowrey, H. Hopkins, H. Siadous, R. Manuel, G. Singleton, Paul Blanchet, Hyder Davidson.
1914: Thomas Guilbeau (Captain), Cyrus Angellos, Edward Daigle, George Bienvenu, Willie Richard, Cyril Grouchy, Thomas Dutsch, Slattery Alleman, Hyder Davidson, Edward Moncla, Harvey Hopkins, Sam Shebburne, Burnice Gaudeau (sic), Maxime Doucet, Jules Francez.
1915: G. Bienvenu, E. Cassidy, E. Daigle, H. Davidson, R. Doxey, Q. Dutsch, T. Goudeau, H. Hopkins (Captain), C. Hughes, D. Lafleur, F. Moncla, A.C. Morris, W. Richard, H. Sills, G. Walsh, H. Siadous (Manager).
1916: E. Daigle (Captain), E. Deshotels, R. Doxey, B. Goudeau, C. Hughes, A. Hall, W.Y. Kemper, E. LeBlanc, S. Mason, F. Moncla, A.C. Morris, W. Richard, S. Shellburne, H. Sills, Q. Vidrine, T.R. Mobley (Coach), W. Reed (Manager).
1917: J.B. Jones, L.E. Aguillard, S.A. Mason Jr., C.Q. Thompson, W. J. Richard (Captain), L. Doucet, F.G. Hawkins, B.A. Goudeau, F.M. Carson, J.M. Lewis Jr., S.J. Lacy, A.E. McGee, G.A. Daigle, J.O. Hebert, R.C. Doxey, I.B. Fruge, H.P. Hopkins, J.D. Parkerson (Manager).
1918: F.M. Carson (Captain), Schindler, Campbell, W. Todd, Roberts, Johnson, Jackson, R. Hereford, J.M. Lewis Jr., A.B. Riviere, M. Gordy, Peyton, Lennuau, Dennuon, L.S. Beale, H.B. Rickey, G.E. Byrd (Manager).
1919: R.S. Greer, S.A. Mason, L. Daigle, E. Dugal, G. Trahan, L.E. Aguillard, W.E. Todd, E. Brown, G. Grunson, R.M. Hereford, J.S. Labbe, E.J. Carriere, H.B. Rickey, M.W. Lewis (Captain), C.M. Bradford (Manager).
1920: W. Ruger, E. Brown, L. Daigle, E. Dugal, G. Sudduth, T. Hanchey, M. Carson, H. Lemmon, E. Carriere, F. Rickey, S. Labbe, G. Trahan, O. Dimmich, Harrell Town (Manager).
1921: H. Meaux, A.C. Morris, J.W. Morris, E. Dugal (Captain), L.E. Aguillard, W.J. Richard, G. Trahan, G. Mahony, H. Lemmon, E. Richardson, J.R. Domengeaus (sic), O. Dimmick, W. Ruger, H. Trahan, M. Landry, F.A. Rickey, C. Faulk, J. Mahony, A. Gauncheau (Manager), T.R. Mobley (Coach), Geo. Hughes (Asst. coach), J.A. Johnston (Asst. Coach), C.J. McNaspy (Asst. Coach).
1922: G. Trahan, Q. Hanchey, J.W. Morris, M. Landry, N. Williams, C. Faulk, W.A. Ruger, E. Richardson, O. Dimmich, K. Cagle, F.A. Rickey, A.M. Bujard, B.A. Lang, J.R. Domengeaux Jr., W. Dugas, E. Vibuerie, W. Q. Barr, H. Meaux, H. Trahan, C. Jagau.
1923: E.H. Adams, W. Q. Barr, A.M. Bujard, C.K. Cagle, R. J. Cambre, W. J. Dugas, T.A. Hanchey, H. Iles, A. O. Landry, M. E. Landry, B.A. Lang, E.P. Perron, E.J. Richardson, W.A. Ruger, W.P. Sellers, G.W. Sudduth, R.R. Tabor, A.R. Taylor, G. Trahan.
1924: E.H. Adams, E.J. Adams, W.Q. Barr, A.M. Bujard, C.K. Cagle (Captain), R.J. Cambre, A. Crawford, G. Crocker, Theron Hanchey, A. O. Landry, M. Landry, R. Lewis, W.R. Ruger, W.P. Sellaos, F. Smith, L.E. Stafford, C.J. Theriot, K. Welsh, T.R. Mobley (Coach), R.L. Browne (Asst. Coach).
1925: Henry Achee, Earl Adams, Emory Adams, Ewart Adams, Raymond Aucoin, Alton Bujard, Keener Cagle (Captain), Roland Cambre, Gladu Dupuis, David Foley, Glenn Hanchey, Benjamin Hackey, Maxie Landry, Raoul Landry, Nad Montalbano, Cecil Potter, Wagner Ruger, L.E. Stafford Jr., Jack Strouss, Ralph Tabor, Clifton Theriot, T.R. Mobley (Coach), R.L. Browne (Freshman Coach).
1926: Albert Q. Abramson, Emory G. Adams, Raymond E. Aucoin, John Cormier, Gladu Dupuis, Andre Dupuis, David Foley, Clinton Hanchey, Ben Hockey, James Holloway, Levi Jordan, Andrew Lacour, Howard Lafleur, Hawley Nichols, Cecil Potter, Frank Rolufs, John Cormier, Ralph Tabor, Woffered Sanders, Clifton Theriot, E.C. Thomas.
1927: Angelle Bienville, Lloyd Boulet, Elgin Boggs, John Sonnier, James Holloway, Glynn Hanchey, Kloor Morris, Howard LaFleur, Carrol McCall, Mims Morgan, Henry Lewis, John Morriss, Rex McCullough, Levi Jordan, Frank Rolfus, John Cormier, Vincent Saia, E.C. Thomas, Curley Willis, Gladu Dupuis (Captain).
1928: John Cormier (Captain), Vincent Saia, Clarence Richard, Valsin Montie, Carroll McCall, Stacy Gooch, Elgin Boggs, John Sonnier, James Holloway, Rex McCullough, Howard Lafleur, Levi Jordan, Morris Kloor, John Morriss, Elvin Brand, E.C. Thomas, Glen Hanchey, Cinley Willis.
1929: Frank Rolufs, Otto Rolufs, Lloyd Boulet, Dan Buillard, Vincent Saia, Jesse Verrett, Ewell Ducote, Boyd Faulk, Allen Bernard, P.W. Bordelon, Raymond Brown, Stacey Gooch, Mims Morgan, Morris Kloor, Holton Vincent, Johnny Morriss, Rex McCullough, Bugs Cagle, Morgan Rodemacher, Calise (sic) Gary, Elvin Brand, Roy LeBlanc, Marcel Bienvenu, Victor Barrousse.
1930: Marcel Martin Bienvenu, Tilden Bonin, P.W. Bordelon, Lloyd Boulet (Captain), Raymond Brown, Dan Buillard, C.E. Crowder, Jack Cart, Ewell Ducote, Calise Gary, Ethbert Hagan, Henry Landry, T.L. Levy, Lee Mayeux, Tilden MacLawehlin, Winston Renfraw, Morgan Rodemacher, Otto Rolufs, Beverly Smith, Frank Tritico, L.F. Wilbanks, Walter Phillips (Manager).
1931: Robert Bailey, Allen Bernard, Tilden Bonin, Raymond Brown, Jack Cart, Raoul Chauviere, Charles Crowder, Ewell Ducote, Sam Fertitta, Ethbert Hagan, Henry Landry, T.L. Levy, Monroe Moss, Giles Pennington, Luther Perrin, Winston Renfrow, Morgan Rodemacher, Clay Summers, Robert Robertson.
1932: Edgar Higgins, Engle May, Thurman McMurry, Hoyd Brock, Beverly Smith, Monroe Moss, Henry Landry, Cassie Bass, Chevis Cunningham, Robert Robertson, Eugene Cella, Ethbert Hagan, Lemoyne Plauche, Joe Stewart, Juan Johnson, Tom Bickham, Giles Pennington, Winston Renfrow, Ryan Jeansonne, Lewis Miller, Jack Cart, Merritt Beadle.
1933: Aylmer Adkins, Cassie Bass, Tom Bickham, Hoyd Brock, Eugene Cella, Eddie Douglas, Jimmy Ferrell, Sam Fertitta, Thenes Hajecote, Edgar Higgins, J.E. Honeycutt, Laurence (sic) Jacobs, Ryan Jeansonne, Mosby Lindsay, Thurman McMurry, Engle May, Monroe Moss, Bert O'Donnell, Luther Perrin, Lemoyne Plauche, Theodore Springer, Joseph Stewart, Daniel Stevenson, Albert Zoch.
1934: Aylmer Adkins, Cassie Bass, Tom Bickham (Captain), Hoyd Brock, LaRue Donald, Eddie Douglas, Sam Fertitta, Edgar Higgins, J.E. Honeycutt, Lawrence Jacobs, Ayan Jeansonne, Greene Lambert, Mosby Lindsay, Thurman McMurray, Curry Moreau, Herbert O'Donnell, Luther Perrin, Lemoyne Plauche, Russel Shirley, Frank Summers, Joe Stewart, Albert Zoch, Eugene Cella (Captain), A.T. Delcambre.
1935: Alymer Adkins, Stanley Cresaps, Eddie Douglas, Robert DeRouen, J.Y. Duncan, Thenes Hajecate, Delbert Jackson, Raoul Landry, Sidney LeBlanc, Mosby Lindsay, Greene Lambert, Curry Moreau, Harry Saucier, Dawson Smith, Ralph Weber, Verne White, Henry Williams, James White, Albert Zoch.
1936: Horace Adkins, Vernon Bell, Ashton Bourgeois, Joe Cruthirds, Stanley Cresap, Robert DeRouen, Weidman Duke, J.Y. Duncan, Harvey Gardiner, Billy Garther, Thurman Gentry, Thenes Hajecate (Captain), Joe Herpin, Delbert Jackson, Sidney LeBlanc, Lawrence Jacobs, Randolph Love, James Sanford, Dan Texada, Vernon Turner, Bill Wallace, Ralph Weber, James White, Verne White, Henry Williams.
1937: Glynn Abel, Vernon Bell, Ashton Bourgeois, Robert DeRouen, Sidney Ducharme Jr., Jerry Young Duncan, Thomas Rupert Gagnet, William Garth, Sam Gunter, Joe Herpin, Otis C. Hurst, Knox Little, Joseph Rodgers, Jim Vic Russell, Jams Sanford, Bill Stevenson, Allen Douglas Tillman, Ralph Weber, Verne White, Harlan Willey, Henry Williams.
1938: Glynn Abel, Ed Adams Jr., Horace Adkins, William Bass, Vernon Bell, Ashton Bourgeois, Wilbur Camp, Bernie Davies, Raymond Didier, Sidney Ducharme, Barney Foreman, Rupert Gagnet, John Houser, Otis Hurst, Wilson Montgomery, Milton Patin, Joe Rodgers, Jim Vic Russell, William Stevenson, Baxter Summers, Allen Tillman, Harlen Willey, Mortimer Wyble.
1939: Ed Adams Jr., Horace Adkins, William Bass, John Bandura, Leon Barker, Wilbur Camp, Bobbie Corbin, Rufus Davis, Raymond Didier, Hillery Dollohite, Sidney Ducharme, Rupert Gagnet, Dean Harrell, John Houser, Otis Hurst, C.W. Oakes, Herbert O'Rand, Milton Patin, Joe Rodgers, Billy Reeves, Gundy Roberts, Jack Spence, Allen Tillman, James Williams, Mortimer Wyble.
1940: Ed Adams, Wylie Alexander, John Bandura, Leon Barker, Bill Bass, T.E. Bickham, Wilson Broussard, Louie Campbell, Pershing Cashen, Leo Coe, Robert Corbin, Lawrence Dodd, Robert Hill, John Houser, Bill Huls, Vernon Leatherwood, Jacob Neely, Paul Neil, Herbert O'Rand, Milton Patin, John Ramsey, Gundy Roberts, Charles Robinson, Jack Spence, Albert Steigman, James Taylor, King Teasley, Robert Voitier.
1941: John Bandura, William Bernhard, T.E. Bickham, Billy Bolton, Wilson Broussard, A.M. Burrows, Louie Campbell, Pershing Cashen, Leo Coe, Bobbie Corbin, Johnny Daniels, Lawrence Dodd, James Fitzgerald, William Huls, John McGraw, Jacob Neely, Paul Neil, John Ramsey, Charles Robinson, Carol Salassi, Albert Steigman, George Voitier, Robert Voitier, Robert Ducharme.
1942: Gene Baldwin, T.E. Bickham, Wilson Broussard, Roland Clark, John Daniel, Warren Douglas, Theo Fakier, Robert Fitzgerald, Louis Guidry, Raymond Herbert, Gay Keller, George Lambousy. John McGraw, Diego Pardo, John Ramsay, Charles Robinson, Carol Salassi, Albert Stiegman, Robert Voitier, New Williams.
1943: Windell Williams, Henry Armstrong, John Magee, Weldon Humble, Holley Heard, John Ply, Pete Sultis, Robert Perkins, Robert Pillon, Alvin Dark, Edward Cloud, Robert Nowlin, Ralph Noble, James Richmond, Virgil Eikenberg, Tom Lennox, John Cox, Robert Guy, Harold Brockman, C. Clark, Fred Jacob, William Willard, Thurman Owens, Robert Wachs, Robert O'Bannon, Vincent Buckley, William Wellis, Wayne Pitcock, Doyle Andrews, Lloyd Skelton, J.T. Loflin, Ernest Reininger, Arthur Porter, Herman Randell, Harold Tinsley, Lon Tyndall, Joseph Klune, Maury Babin, Gus Mireles, William Blackburn, Saxon Judd, Jack Judd, John Daniel, Mike Balen.
1944: J.J. Abraham, G.M. Allen, M.A. Babin, J. Bailey, R.W. Booksh, J.S. Cargile, S.E. Carson, E.C. Hargett, J.R. Klune, J.P. Lott, W.V. Molkenbuhr, M.B. Moseley, J.L. O'Neill, E.T. Owens, N.H. Chaney, J.R. Cockrell, L.A. Colquitt, D.A. Cook, D.R. Crawford, M.W. Crowe, J.V. Davis, L.R. Day, A.B. Denman, C.R. Esperan, W.A. Fergerson, W.J. Fortier, G.L. Gore, D.A. Palozzi, K.R., Peck, B. Reynolds, S.S. Rice, V.M. Shamblin, Sam Smart, W.B. Springer, C.H. Stewart, B.E. Tabarlet, M.H. Weaver, J.D. Whitmire, R.J. Winship, G.A. Landry.
1945: Ray Adams, Joe Bailey, A. Basile, R. Boudreaux, D. Broussard, F. Chaplain, Leo Coe, L.A. Colquitt, A.P. Comeaux, D.R. Crawford, J. Eason, D.J. Farris, F. Ferachi, S. Gary, F. Gerami, A. Gordon, G.L. Gore, A. Hatteberg, A. Lancaster, L. Landry, J.B. Perkins, M.F. Popover, B. Reynolds, P. Sudduth, B. Tabarlet, C. Touchet, H. Wilcox, D.C. Wilson.

Faulkinberry winningest football coach

Russ Faulkinberry coached 13 years at USL, compiling a record of 66 wins, 62 losses, and 2 ties. That makes him the winninest coach in USL history.
His 1970 team may have been his best. That year the team went 9-2 to earn a berth in the Grantland Rice Bowl at year's end. Even the two losses that year were exciting: a 14-16 loss to Southern Mississippi, and a 38-50 track meet with Tampa.
Faulkinberry said some time later that “people have told me years later that they thought the Tampa game was the most exciting game ever played at McNaspy Stadium."
In the Grantland Rice Bowl, USL lost 26-25 to a talented Tennessee State team destined to have 13 players sign as professionals, including quarterback “Jefferson Street" Joe Gilliam and defensive end Ed “Too Tall" Jones.
The always-quotable Faulkinberry said after that game, “Before the game, we were all lined up for the anthem, and I was looking over our players' heads at their team ... and I was looking at their ear holes."
Here are team records prior to the Faulkinberry years:

1908 (6-0): St. Martinville (Won 11-10), Crowley (Won 17-6), New Iberia (Won 21-0), St. Martinville (Won 16-0), Lake Charles (Won 12-0), Vinton (Won 16-0).
1909 (5-2-1): Louisiana State Normal (Lost 0-46), Louisiana State Normal (Lost 0-11), St. Martinville (Tied 0-0), St. Martinville (Won 17-0), Crowley (Won 36-2), Lake Arthur (Won 36-0), Abbeville (Won 62-0), Abbeville (Won 49-0).
1910 (6-2-1): LSU Jr. Varsity (Won 6-0), Jennings (Won 48-0), Tulane Jr. Varsity (Won 3-0), Tulane Junior Varsity (Tied 0-0), La. Tech (Lost 0-75), La. College (Won 18-5), LSU Jr. Varsity (Lost 5-43), Jefferson College (Won 11-0) La. College (Won 19-0).
1911 (1-4-1): LSU (lost 0-42), Tulane (Lost 0-27), La. College (Lost 0-9), La. College (Tied 0-0), La. State Normal (Won 30-6), Jefferson College (Lost 5-11).

1912 (3-4): Morgan City (Won 33-0), LSU (Lost 3-85), Tulane (Lost 0-96), Jefferson College (Lost 0-46), Loyola (Won 29-0) La. College (Lost 19-0), La. State Normal (Lost 6-13)

1913 (4-4): Lake Charles (Won 23-0), LSU (Lost 0-26), Loyola (Won 42-0), La. College (Won 13-6), New Iberia (Won 55-7), Jefferson College (Lost 3-32), Jefferson College (Lost 0-59), La. State Normal (Lost 12-26).

1914 (5-3): LSU (Lost 0-47), LSU Jr., Varsity (Lost 7-13), Tulane (Lost 0-33), La. College (Won 45-0), St. Charles College (Won 26-0), La. College (Won 89-0), St. Charles College (Won 26-7), La. State Normal (Won 12-0).
1915 (5-2-1): St. Charles College (Won 12-0), Tulane (Lost 0-13), LSU Jr. Varsity (Won 7-0), Chamberlain-Hunt Academy (Won 25-0), St. Charles College (Won 28-7), La. College (Won 48-0), La. Tech (Tied 7-7), La. State Normal (Lost 0-13).

1916 (7-1): LSU (Lost 0-24), LSU Jr. Varsity (Won 6-0), La. College (Won 65-0), St. Charles College (Won 95-0), Tulane Jr. Varsity (Won 14-0), La. Tech (Won 26-0), Jefferson College (Won 12-0), La. State Normal (Won 20-0).

1917 (8-2): St. Charles College (Won 26-0), LSU (Lost 6-20), La. College (Won 36-0), Crowley (Won 54-0), Spring Hill (Lost 0-26), St. Martinville (Won 69-0), Jefferson College (Won 32-0), La. Tech (Won 57-0), La. State Normal (Won 34-0), LSU Jr. Varsity (Won 22-0).
1918 (4-1): La. College (Won 20-13), Tulane (Lost 0-74), La. College (Won 13-7), Patterson (Won 107-6), Lake Charles (26-0).

1919 (3-3-2): Alumni Team (Tied 7-7), LSU (Lost 0-39), tulane (Lost 0-73), La. College (Tied 0-0), LSU Jr. Varsity (Lost 0-18), Centenary (Won 2-0), St. Charles (Won 44-3), La. State Normal (Won 13-0).

1920 (2-8): Abbeville (Won 34-0), Tulane (Lost 0-78), Patterson (Lost 13-14), LSU Jr. Varsity (Lost 0-13), La. College (Won 22-14), La. Tech (forfeit, Lost 0-2), La. College (Lost 0-14), Spring Hill (Lost 7-42), St. Charles (Lost 7-35), La. State Normal (Lost 0-20).

1921 (9-2): Patterson (Won 26-0), Rice (Lost 0-54), Jefferson College (Won 35-0), LSU Jr. Varsity (Won 3-0), Tulane Jr. Varsity (Won 13-7), La. College (Won 46-0), Loyola (Won 20-0), La. Tech (Lost 0-20), Centenary (forfeit, Won 2-0), La. State Normal, (Won 33-2), St. Charles (Won 40-21).
1922 (3-4-2): Patterson (Won 12-0), Jefferson (Tied 0-0), Tulane Jr. Varsity (Won 31-6), Loyola (Tied 9-9), La. College (Lost 0-7), St. Stanislaus (Won 14-0), LSU Jr. Varsity (Lost 12-13), La. State Normal (Lost 6-13).
1923 (7-3): Centenary (Lost 0-35), Tulane (Lost 2-0), LSU (Lost 3-7), Jefferson (Won 81-0), La. College (Won 31-10), Lamar (Won 19-16), Spring Hill (Won 10-7), St. Stanislaus (Won 14-0), Southern Mississippi (Won 66-0), La. State Normal (Won 14-12).
1924 (6-2-1): Tulane (Lost 0-14), LSU (Lost 7-31), Jefferson (Won 66-0), Sam Houston State (Won 28-7), La. College (Won 32-7), Pensacola Navy (Tied 21-21), Lamar (Won 20-8), La. Tech (Won 20-6), La. State Normal (Won 20-0).
1925 (7-2): Loyola (Won 17-0), LSU (Lost 6-38), Lamar (Won 14-0), Sam Houston State (Lost 2-7), Southern Mississippi (Won 46-0), La. College (Won 31-0), Stephen F. Austin (Won 26-7), La. Tech (Won 22-13), La. State Normal (Won 24-7).
1926 (6-3-1): Southern Mississippi (Won 33-6), LSU (Lost 0-34), Milsaps (Lost 0-12), Sam Houston State (Won 15-0), Lamar (Won 19-0), La. College (Won 33-7), La. Tech (Lost 0-23), Stephen F. Austin (Won 33-0), La. State Normal (Tied 0-0), Mississippi College (Won 20-16).
1927 (2-7-1): Southern Mississippi (Won 6-0), LSU (Lost 0-52), Spring Hill (Lost 0-19), Sam Houston State (Lost 0-25), Loyola (Lost 0-28), La. College (Lost 6-19), La. Tech (Lost 0-13), Milsaps (Won 12-6), Mississippi College (Lost 0-27), La. State Normal (Tied 6-6).
1928 (4-5): Centenary (Lost 0-45), LSU (Lost 0-45), Mississippi College (Lost 0-19), Spring Hill (Won 6-0), Southern Mississippi (Won 36-9), La. Tech (Won 46-6), La. College (Lost 7-14), Milsaps (Lost 7-31), La. State Normal (Won 13-6).
1929 (2-7): Southern Mississippi (Won 7-0), LSU (Lost 0-58), Spring Hill (Lost 6-28), Tulane (Lost 0-60), Miami (Won 14-0), La. College (Lost 12-20), Milsaps (Lost 6-7), La. State Normal (Lost 0-6), La. Tech (Lost 7-24).
1930 (2-8): Tulane (0-84), LSU (0-85), Marshall (Lost 0-19), Southern Mississippi (Won 14-0), La. Tech (Lost 0-7), La. College (Lost 13-18), Spring Hill (Lost 6-20), Southeastern La. (Won 13-0), Miami (Lost 0-6), La. State Normal (Lost 6-18).

1931 (1-6-1): Southeastern La. (Tied 6-6), Marshall (Lost 0-25), La. Tech (Lost 0-38), Spring Hill (Lost 0-25), La. College (Won 7-6), Mississippi College (Lost 0-54), Lon Morris (Lost 7-18), La. State Normal (lost 2-38).
1932 (3-4): Southeastern La. (Won 6-0), Southern Mississippi (Lost 7-12), Stephen F. Austin (Won 19-6), La. Tech (Lost 0-15), Lamar (0-6), La. College (Won 14-6), La. State Normal (Lost 0-8).
1933 (6-3): Southeastern La. (Won 34-0), Loyola (Lost 0-12), Lamar (Won 7-6), La. Tech (Won 13-7), Southern Mississippi (Lost 0-6), Spring Hill (Won 21-0), La. College (Won 26-0), Stephen F. Austin (Won 17-0), La State Normal (Won 10-2).
1934 (5-4): Milsaps (Lost 2-9), Spring Hill (Lost 6-7), La. Tech (Won 25-0), Southern Mississippi (Lost 6-12), Southeastern La. (Won 10-0), La. College (Lost 7-12), Stephen F. Austin (Won 39-13), Sam Houston State (Won 30-7), La. State Normal (Won 6-0).
1935 (2-8): Stephen F. Austin (Won 6-0), Southeastern La. (Lost 7-13), La. Tech (Lost 0-25), Spring Hill (Lost 7-20), Milsaps (Lost 3-19), La. College (Won 18-7), Southern Mississippi (Lost 7-19), Sam Houston State (Lost 0-7), LSU (Lost 0-56), La. State Normal (Lost 0-6).
1936 (2-6-2): Mississippi College (Tied 13-13), Lamar (Won 13-6), La. Tech (Lost 7-20), Spring Hill (Lost 0-6), Sam Houston State (Won 7-6), La. College (Lost 0-12), Southeastern La. (Lost 0-19), Southern Mississippi (Tied 14-14), LSU (Lost 0-93), La. State Normal (Lost 0-6).

1937 (4-3-1): Mississippi College (Lost 0-13), Stephen F. Austin (Won 7-6), Southern Mississippi (Lost (0-13), Spring Hill (Won 19-6), Milsaps (Won 7-0), La. College (Won 26-6), La. Tech (tied (0-0), La. State Normal (Lost 0-7).
1938 (8-2-1): Southeastern La. (Won 8-0), Delta State (Won 19-0), Stephen F.. Austin (Won 7-0), Sam Houston State (Won 14-0), Spring Hill (Won 33-7), Milsaps (Won 13-0), La. College (Tied 7-7), La. Tech (Won 27-7), Southern Mississippi (Lost 6-15), LSU (Lost 0-32), La. State Normal (Won 7-0).
1939 (3-5-1): Delta State (Won 19-6), Stephen F. Austin (tied 0-0), East Texas State (0-6), Spring Hill (Won 20-0), La. College (Lost 6-7), La. Tech (Won 12-6), Loyola (Lost 18-20), Southern Mississippi (Lost 7-9), La. State Normal (Lost 0-6).
1940: (6-3-1): Southeastern La. (Won 7-0), Stephen F. Austin (Won 6-0), Mississippi State (Lost 0-20), Milsaps (Tied 0-0), Spring Hill (Lost 7-13), La. College (Won 6-0), La. Tech (Win 7-6), Delta State (Won 18-7), Southern Mississippi (Lost 14-21), La. State Normal (12-7).
1941 (6-2-1): Southeastern La. (Won 19-7), Alabama (Lost 6-47), Milsaps (Won 6-0), Spring Hill (Won 39-0), La. College (Won 23-7), La. Tech (Lost 0-12), Stephen F. Austin (Won 25-0), Southern Mississippi (Tied 0-0), La. State Normal (Won 6-0).

1942 (3-4): Alabama (Lost 54-0), Southeastern La. (Won 35-13), Ouachita College (Lost 0-6), Camp Beauregard (Won 62-0), La. Tech (Won 12-7), La. State Normal (Lost 6-11), Sam Houston State (Lost 0-7).
1943 (5-0-1): Fort Benning Ga. (Won 20-7), Southwestern Texas (Won 27-6), Arkansas A&M (Tied 20-20), Lake Charles AAF (Won 75-0), Randolf Field (Won 6-0), Arkansas A&M (Oil Bowl, Houston, Texas, Won 24-7).
1944 (5-4): LaGarde Gen. Hospital (Won 53-0), Keesler Army AFB (Lost 0-13), Arkansas A&M (Lost 6-18), La. Tech (Won 15-0), Northwestern State (Won 19-7), Milsaps (Lost 0-19), Lake Charles AAF (Won 24-0), La. Tech (Lost 0-7), Northwestern State (Won 7-6).
1945 (1-6-1): Lake Charles AAF (Lost 7-21), Mississippi State (Lost 0-31), La. Tech (Lost 12-14), Northwestern (Tied 0-0), Florida (Lost 0-45), Auburn (Lost 0-52), La. Tech (Won 13-7), Northwestern State (Lost 0-13).

1946 (6-4): Houston (Won 13-7), Stephen F. Austin (Won 13-2), Southeastern La. (Lost 13-27), Alabama (Lost 0-54), Southern Mississippi (Lost 0-6), La. College (Won 40-0), La. Tech (Lost 6-34), Troy State (Won 64-0), Northwestern State (Won 14-0), Union, Tenn., (Won 26-0).

1947 (6-2): Stephen F. Austin (Won 24-6), Southeastern La. (Won 40-6), Troy State ((Won 26-0), Southern Mississippi (Lost 7-15), La. College (Won 38-7), La. Tech (Lost 0-9), Centenary (Won 21-7), Northwestern State (Won 9-7).
1948 (6-3-1): Austin College (Lost 0-14), Troy State (Won 26-19), Houston (Won 21-7), Southeastern La. (Won 19-12), Southern Mississippi (Lost 6-26), La. College (Won 26-7), La. Tech (Lost 14-24), Sam Houston State (Tied 12-12), Pensacola Navy (Won 27-6), Northwestern State (Won 28-7).
1949 (6-3): Austin College (Won 30-0), Troy State (Won 48-25), Southeastern La. (Won 27-20), Houston (Lost 7-28), Southern Mississippi (Lost 0-25), La. College (Won 7-0), La. Tech (Lost 0-21), Pensacola Navy (Won 28-12) Northwestern State (Won 27-14).

1950 (5-4): East Texas Baptist (Won 25-0), Southeastern La. (Won 6-0), Troy State (Won 40-14), Southern Mississippi (Lost 0-6), Memphis State (Lost 0-20), Stephen F. Austin (Won 20-13), La. Tech (Won 41-13), La. College (Lost 20-222), Northwestern State (Won 7-12).

1951 (6-4): Northeast Louisiana (Lost 7-13), McNeese State (Won 35-14), Southeastern La. (Lost 0-14), Troy State (Won 44-7), Southern Mississippi (Lost 0-41), Memphis State (Lost 7-41), Stephen F. Austin (Won 32-14), La. Tech (Won 34-7), La. College (Won 27-21), Northwestern State (Won 41-26).
1952 (5-2-2): Lamar (Won 14-13), Southeastern (Tied 13-13), Troy State (Won 54-14), Southern Mississippi (Lost 12-32), Stephen F. Austin (Lost 19-20), La. Tech (Tied 19-19), La. College (Won 18-7), Northwestern State (Won 34-0), McNeese State (Won 20-13).
1953 (4-7): Lamar (Won 22-13), Southeastern La. (Lost 13-39), East Texas State (Lost 7-41), Southern Mississippi (Lost 14-41), Stephen F. Austin (Won 14-7), Arkansas State (Lost 12-13), La. Tech (Lost 7-27), La. College (Won 19-6), Northwestern State (Lost 7-12), McNeese State (Won 47-13), Northeast Louisiana (Lost 6-25).
1954 (5-4): Lamar (Lost 20-26), Southeastern (Lost (0-32), East Texas State (Losts 13-33), Northeasst Louisiana (Won 41-7), Arkansas State (Won 36-32), Louisiana Tech (Won 25-0), Louisiana College (Won 25-13), Northwestern State (Lost 7034), McNeese State (Won 55-12).
1955 (5-4): Lamar (Lost 6-19), Southeastern (Lost 0-20), Easts Texas State (Won 2015), Northeast Louisiana (Won 28-6), Corpus Christi (Won 49-12), Louisiana Tech (Lost 14-28), Louisiana College (Won 21-14), Northwestern State (Won 27-13), McNeese State (Lost 7-12).
1956 (4-6): Lamar (Lost 14-21), Southeastern (Lost 0-42), East Texas State (Lost 33-27), Northeast La. (Lost 19-45), Corpus Christi (Won 67-14), Arkansas State (Won 32-12), Louisiana Tech (Lost 6-33), Louisiana College (Lost 14-34), Northwestern State (Lost 19-38), McNeese State (Won 35-33).

1957( 4-5-1): Sam Houston State (Won 14-7), Southeastern (Tied 7-7), Lamar (lost 20-36), Northeast Louisiana (Won 6-0), Louisiana Tech (Lost 13-28), Arkansas State (Won 25-6), Trinity (Lost 7-27), Louisiana College (Won 7-0), NorthwesternState (Lost 0-19), McNeese State (Lost 0-13).

1958 (1-8): Southeastern Louisiana (Lost 6-14), Sam Houston State (Lost 0-6), Northesat Louisiana (Lost 8-29), Louisiana Tech (Lost 0-33), Abilene Christian (Lost 8-27), Trinity (Won 22-18), Arkansas State (Lost 7-13), Northwestern State (Lost 8-27), McNeese State (Lost 8-9).
1959: (4-5): Southeastern Louisiana (Lost 13-18), Sam Houston State (Lost 19-7), Stephen F. Austin (Lost 22-14), Louisiana Tech (Lost 13-21), Louisiana College (Lost 6-21), Northeast Louisiana (Lost 20-34), Abilene Christian (Lost 12-14), Northwestern State (Won 34-14), McNeese State (Won 191-4).
1960 (6-4): Southeastern Louisiana (Lost 10-20), Sam Houston State (Won 8-3), Stephen F. Austin (Won 36-0), Louisiana Tech (Won 6-2), Texas-Arlington (Lost 7-13), Louisiana College (Lost 7-13), Northeast Louisiana (Won 8-7), Pensacola Navy (Won 20-14), Northwestern State (Won 17-7), McNeese State (Lost 10-29).

Oil Bowl

World War II changed the face of collegiate football, not only at SLI, where a Marine training program brought together one of the finest collection of athletes ever to set foot on the campus, but around the world, where former collegians now played football as GIs.
SLI played in its first-ever bowl game on Jan. 1, 1944, the Oil Bowl in Houston. The game featured an SLI team led by the running and passing of Alvin Dark, who had been an All-American at LSU before being sent to SLI for military training. The SLI opponent, Arkansas A&M (now Arkansas State), featured a power attack led by Charlie Steed, described by the Associated Press as “a bone-crushing fullback."
Thirteen of the 22 Oil Bowl starters played at SMU, Rice, or Arkansas University before being sent to training programs at SLI and Arkansas A&M. SLI and Arkansas A&M had played to a 20-20 tie during the regular season. SLI had hoped to go to the Cotton Bowl, but host Texas instead picked a team from Randolph Field that SLI had beaten during the regular season.
The Daily Advertiser carried an Associated Press report of the bowl results on Jan. 3. Jan. 2, the day after the Oil Bowl, was a Sunday, and The Advertiser did not have a Sunday edition then.

Jefferson Caffery donation sparked stadium drive

In 1923, Ambassador Jefferson Caffery, a former student and coach at SLII, donated $200 to the Southwestern Louisiana Institute Athletic Association. This prompted President Edwin L. Stephens to begin a drive to build a stadium on the campus.
The campaign dragged along until 1925, when Stephens put it into the hands of Lafayette entrepreneur Maurice Heymann. He raised $37,690 in three hours.
With that $30,000-plus, the school intended to build a stadium complex that included “a quarter-mile oval, with straightway, baseball diamond, football field , a good fence, five thousand seats, a swimming pool, and a pavilion gymnasium with floor space for eighty feet by one hundred twenty feet."
Southwestern Stadium was built between McKinley Street and Hébrard Avenue. It's dedication took place on Oct.1 15, 1926, at the Southwestern - Sam Houston Normal game. The grandstand seated 1,200 persons, and 1,500 more could be seated in bleachers.
There had been earlier attempts at building a sports facility. According to a 1907 memorandum in the USL Archives. After holding successful Field Days for several years, Stephens had tried to raise funds then “for the purpose of erecting a suitable grand stand on the grounds of the Industrial Institute, covered with a roof and capable of comfortably seating 1,000 persons."
According to the memorandum, he wanted businessmen to pledge the money to build the stadium, and they would be paid back “out of such gate receipts each year as shall be obtained by an additional charge of 25 cents per seat on the grand stand."
A hand-written note affixed to the memorandum, says that “it is the design of the faculty of the Industrial Institute and the promoters of this plan to secure the holdings of some of the State and Interstate ... track meets on the Institute Track, which would bring thousands where we now have hundreds in attendance. We would also have a larger number of high schools represented in the annual meets and would have these occasions extend over two or three days instead of one."
Stephens also noted that “the completion of the Baton Rouge road will provide for an attendance of several hundred persons from that direction on almost every such occasion. ..."
SLI athletes continued to use the facilities built under Stephens until McNaspy Stadium and the Earl K. Long gymnasium were completed during the 1939-1940 SLI construction program under President Lethar Frazer. More than a dozen new buildings went up on the campus during those years.
Then, on April 19, 1966, President Clyde Rougeou announced that a new athletic complex would be constructed, away from the main campus.
“The plan to relocate the athletic complex ... was adopted almost a decade ago as one of USL's long range plans," Rougeou told a press conference. “When the Whittington farm property and adjoining property was acquired, it was with the idea that this would be USL's expansion area for its main campus. The university, in making these long-range plans, was anticipating and planning for the large enrollment she is now experiencing and will continue to experience for some years in the future.
“Several months ago," Rougeou continued, “I felt that the time had come to name a committee to look into the matter of relocating our athletic plant. First of all, we are in great need of the site on which the athletic plant is located for future expansion of our academic buildings and facilities. Secondly, our athletic plant is not only outdated, it is also most inadequate for our present needs.
“Because of our pressing needs and because of the interest indicated by such groups as the ‘S' Club, I named (a) committee to look into ... relocating the athletic plant and determining facilities needed. ... The members of this committee are Herbert Heymann, chairman; D.S. (Shine) Young of the USL Athletic Committee; William T. Bass, Alumni ‘S' Club; Whitey Urban, Athletic Director; William Patton, KATC-TV Manager; Dudley Lastrapes, KLFY-TV News Director; Richard D'Aquin, Daily Advertiser Editor; M.L. (Teague) Moore, Century Club; Foy McMath, Chamber of Commerce representative; and His Honor, Mayor J. Rayburn Bertrand, representing the City of Lafayette."
The result of those committee recommendations has been the creation of the present athletic complex built around the Cajundome and Cajun Field. The first part of the complex was Cajun Field, built in 1970.

Scoreboard clock not always reliable

There has always been trouble with the scoreboard clock, or its equivalent, if you can believe early correspondence between C.J. McNaspy and the Spalding company in New Orleans.
In October 1912, an upset McNaspy wrote to the sporting goods suppliers:
“I am sending you by today's mail one Lawson football timer. This instrument is a joke and has run about thirty minutes since we bought it. If this is the best this timer can do, keep it. If you sell a timer that is really some good, replace this one. We have trouble enough in paying for good supplies without buying toys."
Came the reply from W.W. Nail, manager of A.G. Spalding Brothers, 140 Carondelet Street, New Orleans:
“We regret exceedingly that this instrument proved defective and are to-day referring your letter to our Chicago House for attention. In our communication to them we asked that they supply you with a better grade timer, if possible. This is the only timer we catalogue — but we thought it might be possible that they could secure for you a better timer than the one recently shipped. As a general rule we do not have much trouble with this timer, occasionally we have one returned, but not very often. We are sorry that you were so unfortunate to secure a ‘BUM' one and trust that we will succeed in having a first class timer delivered to you very shortly.