1987 Northeast Louisiana Indians football team

The 1987 Northeast Louisiana Indians football team represented Northeast Louisiana University (now known as the University of Louisiana at Monroe) in NCAA Division I-AA college football during the 1987 season. Northeast Louisiana competed as a member of the Southland Conference, and played their home games on-campus at Malone Stadium. This Indians squad won the 1987 NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship Game.[1]

1987 Northeast Louisiana Indians football
National champions
Southland Conference champions
ConferenceSouthland Conference
1987 record13–2 (6–0 Southland)
Head coachPat Collins (7th season)
Home stadiumMalone Stadium
Seasons
← 1986
1988 →
1987 Southland Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3 Northeast Louisiana $^ 6 0 0     13 2 0
#19 Sam Houston State 5 1 0     8 3 0
#16 North Texas State ^ 5 1 0     7 5 0
Northwestern State 3 3 0     6 5 0
SW Texas State 2 4 0     4 7 0
Stephen F. Austin 1 5 0     3 7 1
McNeese State 1 5 0     2 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – NCAA Division I-AA playoff participant
  • Ranking is from the Sports Network Poll

The Indians were led by seventh-year head coach Pat Collins, and were led by first team All-America Stan Humphries. The squad completed the regular season with an overall record of 9–2 and finished 6–0 to capture their first outright Southland Conference championship.[2] En route to the championship game, NLU defeated North Texas, Eastern Kentucky and Northern Iowa.[2] The Indians faced off against the Marshall Thundering Herd for the I-AA National Championship.[3] In the championship game, Marshall took a 42–28 lead into the fourth quarter only to have Humphries lead the Indians to a pair of late touchdowns and captured the championship with their 43–42 victory.[4]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 12at Louisiana TechW 44–7
September 19at SW Texas StateW 44–7
September 26Nicholls State*W 26–14
October 3at Northwestern StateW 33–31
October 10at Lamar*L 28–48
October 17Georgia Southern*
  • Malone Stadium
  • Monroe, LA
W 26–17
October 24Southwestern Louisiana*
L 7–17
October 31McNeese State
  • Malone Stadium
  • Monroe, LA
W 37–10
November 7at Southern Miss*W 34–24
November 14North Texas
  • Malone Stadium
  • Monroe, LA
W 24–23
November 21Arkansas State
  • Malone Stadium
  • Monroe, LA
W 31–21
November 28North Texas*
W 30–9
December 5Eastern Kentucky*W 33–32
December 12Northern Iowa*
W 44–41 2 OT
December 19vs. Marshall*W 43–42
  • *Non-conference game

Team players in the NFLEdit

Player Year Round Pick Position Club
Teddy Garcia 1988 NFL Draft 4 100 Kicker New England Patriots
Stan Humphries 1988 NFL Draft 6 159 Quarterback Washington Redskins
Jackie Harris 1990 NFL Draft 4 102 Tight end Green Bay Packers
Reference:[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hunsucker, Adam (September 27, 2017). "The Team of Destiny: An oral history of ULM's national title". The News-Star. Monroe. Archived from the original on September 28, 2017. Retrieved September 28, 2017.
  2. ^ a b 2011 ULM Football Fan Guide. Monroe, Louisiana: ULM Media Relations Office. 2011. p. 182. Retrieved August 27, 2011.
  3. ^ "Northeast Louisiana bruised and battered". The Miami News. Associated Press. December 17, 1987. p. 2B. Retrieved August 21, 2011.
  4. ^ "Louisianans Rally To Win I-AA Title". The New York Times. Associated Press. December 21, 1987. Retrieved August 21, 2011.
  5. ^ "Draft picks by school: Louisiana–Monroe". NFL.com. National Football League. Retrieved August 27, 2011.

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