1987 Northeast Louisiana Indians football
National Champions
Southland Conference Champions
Division I-AA National Championship vs. Marshall, W 43–42
ConferenceSouthland Conference
1987 record13–2 (6–0 Southland)
Head coachPat Collins (7th season)
Home stadiumMalone Stadium
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The 1987 Northeast Louisiana Indians football team represented Northeast Louisiana University (now known as the University of Louisiana at Monroe) in National Collegiate Athletic Association (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 I-AA National Championship.

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.[1] En route to the championship game, NLU defeated North Texas, Eastern Kentucky and Northern Iowa.[1] The Indians faced off against the Marshall Thundering Herd for the I-AA National Championship.[2] 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.[3]


Date Opponent Site Result
September 12 at Louisiana Tech Joe Aillet StadiumRuston, LA W 44–7  
September 19 at Texas State Bobcat StadiumSan Marcos, TX W 44–7  
September 26* Nicholls State Malone StadiumMonroe, LA W 26–14  
October 3 at Northwestern State Harry Turpin StadiumNatchitoches, LA W 33–31  
October 10* at Lamar Cardinal StadiumBeaumont, TX L 28–48  
October 17* Georgia Southern Malone Stadium • Monroe, LA W 26–17  
October 24* Southwestern Louisiana Malone Stadium • Monroe, LA (Battle on the Bayou) L 7–17  
October 31 McNeese State Malone Stadium • Monroe, LA W 37–10  
November 7* at Southern Miss M. M. Roberts StadiumHattiesburg, MS W 34–24  
November 14 North Texas Malone Stadium • Monroe, LA W 24–23  
November 21 Arkansas State Malone Stadium • Monroe, LA W 31–21  
November 28* North Texas Malone Stadium • Monroe, LA (First Round, Division I-AA Championship) W 30–9  
December 5* Eastern Kentucky Malone Stadium • Monroe, LA (Quarterfinals, Division I-AA Championship) W 33–32  
December 12* Northern Iowa Malone Stadium • Monroe, LA (Semifinals, Division I-AA Championship) W 44–41 2 OT 
December 19* vs. Marshall MiniDomePocatello, ID (Division I-AA Championship Game) W 43–42  
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

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


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