Northwestern State Demons football

Northwestern State Demons
2016 Northwestern State Demons football team
First season 1907 (1907)
Athletic director Greg Burke
Head coach Jay Thomas
4th year, 1724 (.415)
Stadium Harry Turpin Stadium
Seating capacity 15,971
Field surface Fieldturf
Location Natchitoches, Louisiana
NCAA division Division I FCS
Conference Southland Conference
All-time record 63139840 (.609)
Bowl record 00 (–)
Conference titles 12
Colors Purple, White, and Orange[1]
Fight song Northwestern Fight[2]
Mascot Vic the Demon
Marching band Spirit of Northwestern[3]
Rivals McNeese State
Nicholls State
Southeastern Louisiana
Stephen F. Austin
For information on all Northwestern State University sports, see Northwestern State Demons

The Northwestern State Demons football program is the intercollegiate American football team for Northwestern State University located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Southland Conference. Northwestern State's first football team was fielded in 1907. The team plays its home games at the 15,971 seat Harry Turpin Stadium in Natchitoches, Louisiana.[4]

Notable former players

Notable alumni include:

Year-by-year results


Conference championships

Year Conference Coach Overall Record Conference Record
1939 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association Harry Turpin 11-0-0 ?
1953 Gulf States Conference (Co-Championship) Harry Turpin 6-2-0 ?
1957 Gulf States Conference (Co-Championship) Jack Clayton 7-2-0 ?
1958 Gulf States Conference (Co-Championship) Jack Clayton 8-2-0 ?
1962 Gulf States Conference Jack Clayton 7-2-1 ?
1966 Gulf States Conference Jack Clayton 9-0-0 ?
1972 Gulf South Conference George Doherty 8-2-0 ?
1984 Gulf Star Conference (Co-Championship) Sam Goodwin 7-4-0 ?
1988 Southland Conference Sam Goodwin 10-3-0 6-0-0
1997 Southland Conference (Co-Championship) Sam Goodwin 8-4-0 6-1-0
1998 Southland Conference Sam Goodwin 11-3-0 6-1-0
2004 Southland Conference (Co-Championship) Scott Stoker 8-4-0 4-1-0
Total conference championships 12

Conference affiliations

Division I-AA/FCS Playoffs results

The Demons have appeared in the I-AA/FCS playoffs six times with an overall record of 3–6.

Year Round Opponent Result
1988 First Round
Boise State
W 22–13
L 30–38
1997 First Round Eastern Washington L 10–40
1998 First Round
Illinois State
Appalacian State
W 48–28
W 31–20
L 31–41
2001 First Round Montana L 19–28
2002 First Round Montana L 14–45
2004 First Round Montana L 7–56


Active rivalries

McNeese State Cowboys

Nicholls State Colonels

Main article: NSU Challenge

Southeastern Louisiana Lions

Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks

Main article: Chief Caddo

Inactive rivalry

Louisiana–Monroe Warhawks

In the 1992 edition of the rivalry game, the teams' mascots Vic the Demon and Chief Brave Spirit got involved in a fight that distracted television cameras to the point that the entire altercation is caught on video. In the scuffle, Vic the Demon's head is ripped off as the two crashed to the ground behind one of the end zones, which according to the video clip breaks a "cardinal rule" of being a mascot. The melee was broken up by college police without further incident.[5]

Louisiana–Monroe/Northwestern State: All-Time Record
Games played First meeting Last meeting NSU wins NSU losses Ties Win %
48 November 8, 1952 (lost 14–20) September 1, 2005 (won 27–23) 28 19 1 59.4%

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs

Main article: State Fair Game

Future non-conference opponents

at Baylor
vs Kentucky Wesleyan

See also


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