McNeese to host Southern on the gridiron in 2019

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LAKE CHARLES – The Southern Jaguars will be coming to Cowboy Stadium in 2019.

A contract was recently agreed upon, and signed, by both school’s athletic directors, that will have Southern playing in Lake Charles for the first time on Aug. 31, 2019.

“We’re excited to have such a great program come to Cowboy Stadium, in what will no doubt, draw a big crowd,” said McNeese Director of Athletics Bruce Hemphill. “It’s always great when you can get an in-state team like Southern to come to your place. With their large fan base and alumni numbers, it will make for an exciting atmosphere and more than likely a capacity crowd.”

McNeese visited Southern in 2004, beating the Jaguars 35-18 in the first-ever meeting between the two teams on the gridiron.

Southern was scheduled to make a return trip to Lake Charles in 2005 but that game was canceled due to Hurricane Rita and was never made up.

The game in 2019 is not a rescheduling of that game.

Southern, a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference and winners of nine Black College National Championships and 19 SWAC titles, finished 10-3 in 2016.

“With our commitment to broadening the Southern University brand, traveling to Lake Charles to face McNeese will provide a unique opportunity to add a storied in-state football program to our 2019 schedule and expose Southwest Louisiana to Jaguar football and the Jaguar Nation,” said Southern Interim AD Roman Banks.

The 2019 season will be a 12-game slate for all FCS programs. McNeese will also host Alcorn State and visit Oklahoma State that year to round out its three non-conference opponents.

The Cowboys announced a couple of weeks ago that it has signed a contract to play at BYU in 2018.

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Matthew Bonnette

Matthew Bonnette

Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Information, McNeese State

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