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 is a member 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 football
2022 Northwestern State Demons football team
Northwestern State Demons wordmark.svg
First season1907 (1907)
Athletic director Kevin Bostian
Head coachBrad Laird
4th season, 12–28 (.300)
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]


Northwestern State football has the distinction of being the only NCAA division IAA/FCS member to have 2 NFL rookies of the year. In 1981, Joe Delaney, running back for the Kansas City Chiefs, was awarded the AFC Rookie of the year by UPI. In 1988, John Stephens, running back for the New England Patriots, was named Offensive/AFC Rookie of the year. No other 4-year institution in the state of Louisiana has more than one.

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 7–0
1953 Gulf States Conference 6–2 5–1
1957 Jack Clayton 7–2 4–1
1958 8–2 4–1
1962 Gulf States Conference 7–2–1 4–1
1966 9–0 5–0
1972 George Doherty 8–2 6–0
1984 Gulf Star Conference Sam Goodwin 7–4 4–1
1988 Southland Conference 10–3 6–0
1997 Southland Conference 8–4 6–1
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.

Stephen F. AustinEdit

Battle for Chief Caddo

Each season, Stephen F. Austin State University of Nacogdoches, Texas and Northwestern State play for the country's largest football trophy.[5] In 1961, longtime rivals SFA and Northwestern State decided to award the winner of the game a trophy, the game was won by Northwestern State University. According to the stipulations of that particular match, the loser would have to present the winner with a tree chopped down from a nearby forest.[5]

In March 1962, the Lumberjacks of SFA in Nacogdoches, Texas, presented NSU with a black gum tree trunk from the SFA campus from which a statue was to be carved. The black gum tree weighed over a ton and was thirty inches in diameter. An Indian statue, Chief Caddo, was chosen because of the historic founding of Natchitoches, Louisiana and Nacogdoches, Texas by Indian tribes. Natchitoches means chinquapin eaters and Nacogdoches means persimmon eaters. It was carved by Harold Greene in Logansport and required over 200 hours of labor. The name “Chief Indian Caddo” was selected in honor of the ancient federation of Caddo Indian tribes, which once inhabited the northern Louisiana area. The final painting of the statue was done at Northwestern. The finished product stands around 7.6 feet tall and weighs about 320 pounds. The first game for Chief Caddo was September 15, 1962. Northwestern won 23–6. Tradition has it that the winner of the annual NSU and SFA football game keeps Chief Caddo on their respective campus. Currently, Chief Caddo is the largest college football trophy in the nation.[5]


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.[6] 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 June 25, 2022.[7]

2022 2023 2024 2025
at Montana at Louisiana at Tulsa Alcorn State
vs Grambling State at Louisiana Tech Prairie View A&M
at Southern Mississippi at South Alabama
at Eastern Illinois
Southeast Missouri

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 b c 2013 Chief Caddo 2013
  6. ^ "A history of bizarre mascot incidents". CNN.
  7. ^ "Northwestern State Demons Football Schedules and Future Schedules". Retrieved 2022-06-25.

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