McNeese visits LSU in Death Valley on Saturday night
McNeese at LSU
7:00 p.m. • Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, La.
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RED STICK – McNeese and LSU face off at Tiger Stadium on Saturday night in a game that was circled for the Cowboys quarterback Cody Orgeron calendar since its announcement on March 21, 2017.
At that time, a young Cody was a freshman in a red shirt on Team McNeese and was the third quarterback while his father, LSU head coach Ed Orgeron, was in his first full season. at the head of the Tigers program.
Fast forward three years, five months and 21 days (1,269 days in total), and for only the second time in recent college football history, a father and son will face off on the grill. The last time this happened was when Jack Elway (San Jose State Head Coach) played against his son, John Elway (Stanford) in the 1982 season.
“I’ve always dreamed of playing Death Valley,” Cody said. “Obviously it’s a very unique situation to play against my dad, but at the same time it’s just another football game. It’s 11v11 to fight and compete and, you know, let go. the best win. But obviously going there in an atmosphere like Death Valley and as it was their first home game of the season with full capacity expected, I couldn’t be more excited. “
It’s not just a father-son affair. Cody’s twin brother and former Cowboy wide receiver, Parker, and his half-brother, Tyler, are members of the LSU coaching staff.
McNEESE FANS GOING TO THE GAME NEED TO KNOW
• LSU has a clear bag policy and does not allow any food or drink outside. Other prohibited items include backpacks, all types of containers, video cameras, selfie sticks, tripods, artificial noise makers, including cowbells, umbrellas, weapons, animals except for service , flags, signs, banners, smoking or vaping, illegal drugs.
• Supporters must provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination or proof of a negative PCR test to enter the stadium.
• Fans are encouraged to arrive several hours early as the match is expected to attract over 100,000 fans.
• McNeese’s ticket pick-up and call gate will be located at gate 31 in the south area of Tiger Stadium.
• Saturday’s game will not only pit the Cowboys against the Tigers, but also family against family and friends against friends.
• McNeese QB Cody Orgeron is the son of LSU head coach Ed Orgeron.
• The head coach Frank Wilson was an assistant coach at LSU from 2010 to 2015 and recruited, evaluated, coached and developed players such as Odell Beckham, Jr., Alfred Blue, Leonard Fournette, Benjarvis Green-Ellis, Derrius Guice, Jeremy Hill, Kenny Hilliard, Jarvis Landry, Tyrann Mathieu, Spencer Ware and Jarveon Williams, to name a few.
• OL coach Chris Truax was a starting offensive lineman at LSU from 1988 to 1991; his father, Billy Truax, was an All-SEC tight end for the Tigers in the early ’60s.
• WR coach Blaine Gauthier worked for LSU coach Ed Orgeron as an offensive analyst from 2015 to 2019 and was a member of the 2019 national championship coaching staff.
• WR Josh Mathews is the son of former LSU and NFL defensive lineman Roshaun Mathews. Josh’s younger brother Jordan (DB) is recruited by LSU for the 2023 class.
• TE Jamal Pettigrew played three years for Ed Orgeron at LSU from 2016 to 2019.
• KG Micah Davey is the son of former LSU quarterback Rohan Davey.
• WR Chris Raymond is the son of Corey Raymond, DB coach at LSU and former Tiger cornerback from 1987-91.
• KG Jake LaFleur is the son of former LSU / NFL tight end David LaFleur.
• BD Tyler toliver is a parent of former LSU star Kevin Toliver.
• DL Accord Green is a parent of former great LSU Jarvis Green.
• McNeese SID, Matthieu Bonnette, is the younger brother of LSU SID Michael Bonnette. Their father is Hall of Fame SID Louis Bonnette who spent 46 years as SID at McNeese before retiring in 2012. The ground at McNeese’s Cowboy Stadium is called Louis Bonnette Field, making it the only one in the country to be named after a SID.
SERIES AGAINST. LSU
• Saturday will officially be McNeese’s second meeting with LSU, but the third scheduled showdown in school history.
• LSU leads the all-time series 1-0 (win 32-10 on October 16, 2010).
• A game scheduled for September 2, 2015 was interrupted due to extreme weather conditions following a delay of 3 hours and 57 minutes.
• Each team put up an offensive streak before the delay started with LSU running six games and had a first down while the Cowboys went 3 and out in their streak.
POKES VS. THE FBS
• McNeese has had success against FBS level teams.
• Overall, the Cowboys are 14-30-2 against top division teams, but are 2-3 in the last five outings, including a near-shock against Nebraska in 2014 when the Cornhuskers scored in the last minute to pull off a 31-24 victory.
• The Cowboys claimed a victory over a major conference team when in 2013 they beat South Florida 53-21 in Tampa. At the time, South Florida was a member of the BCS conference. The victory was the most important an FCS opponent has won against a BCS team in college football history.
• Three of the games were in the Independence Bowl – 1976 (defeated Tulsa 20-16 in the very first Independence Bowl game; lost 31-7 to Syracuse in 1979; lost 16-14 to Southern Mississippi in 1980.
COWBOYS VS. THE SECOND
• Saturday’s game against LSU will mark the second meeting between the two schools and the fourth against an SEC member.
• The Cowboys lost 32-10 to the Tigers in 2010. Also that year, McNeese lost a 50-6 game to Missouri, then a member of the Big 12 Conference.
• In 2001, the Cowboys scared Texas A&M before losing 38-24. The Aggies were also members of the Big 12 Conference when they met to open the season.
• In the next schedule, the Cowboys are expected to play at the Florida Gators (September 9, 2023) and Texas A&M (September 7, 2024).