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Northwestern State Demons football

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]

Northwestern State Demons
2019 Northwestern State Demons football team
Northwestern State Demons wordmark.svg
First season1907 (1907)
Athletic directorGreg Burke
Head coachBrad Laird
1st season, 5–6 (.455)
StadiumHarry Turpin Stadium
(Capacity: 15,971)
Field surfaceFieldturf
LocationNatchitoches, Louisiana
NCAA divisionDivision I FCS
ConferenceSouthland Conference
All-time record631–398–40 (.609)
Conference titles12
RivalriesMcNeese State (rivalry)
Nicholls (rivalry)
Southeastern Louisiana (rivalry)
Louisiana–Monroe (rivalry)
ColorsPurple, White, and Orange trim[1]
Fight songNorthwestern Fight[2]
MascotVic the Demon
Marching bandSpirit of Northwestern[3]



Conference affiliationsEdit


Conference championshipsEdit

Northwestern State has 12 conference championships.[citation needed]

Year Conference Coach Overall Record Conference Record
1939 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association Harry Turpin 11–0–0 N/A
1953 Gulf States Conference 6–2–0
1957 Jack Clayton 7–2–0
1958 8–2–0
1962 Gulf States Conference 7–2–1
1966 9–0–0
1972 George Doherty 8–2–0
1984 Gulf Star Conference Sam Goodwin 7–4–0
1988 Southland Conference 10–3–0 6–0–0
1997 Southland Conference 8–4–0 6–1–0
1998 Southland Conference 11–3 6–1
2004 Southland Conference Scott Stoker 8–4 4–1

† Co-champions

Division I-AA/FCS Playoffs resultsEdit

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
Appalachian State
W 48–28
W 31–20
L 31–41
2001 First Round Montana L 19–28
2002 L 14–45
2004 L 7–56


McNeese StateEdit

McNeese State leads the series 45–22–1 through the 2018 season.


Northwestern State leads the series with Nicholls 28–18 through the 2018 season.

Southeastern LouisianaEdit

Southeastern Louisiana leads the series 28–22 through the 2018 season.


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] The game was last played in 2005. Northwestern State leads the series with Louisiana–Monroe 28–19–1.

Notable former playersEdit

Notable alumni include:

Future non-conference opponentsEdit

Announced schedules as of October 8, 2018.[6]

2019 2020 2021 2022
at LSU at Mississippi State

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ 2017 Northwestern State Demons Baseball Media Guide (PDF). Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  2. ^ Fight song
  3. ^ Spirit of Northwestern
  4. ^ "Northwestern State Historical Data". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2014-02-11.
  5. ^ "A history of bizarre mascot incidents". CNN.
  6. ^ "Northwestern State Demons Football Schedules and Future Schedules". Retrieved 2018-10-08.

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