Today is the anniversary of Louisiana's first college football game, against LSU in 1902. It is remarkable that the game was played so early in the University's history. UL opened its doors in the Fall of 1901, and played its first football game against Opelousas High that December. To have moved straight to a college game in the next year is rather impressive.
The series with LSU, of course, has not been enjoyable. The Cajuns have lost to the Tigers 22 straight times, coming tantalizingly close only once (3-7) in Baton Rouge under the 1923 leadership of the famed Christian 'Keener' Cagle.
In UL's defense, however, the Cajuns have only played LSU 3 times since 1938, all three games since 2002, and the last time LSU visited UL was in 1916. That's important, because prior to 1921 UL was not a 4-year college. During the period that Louisiana was a two-year institution, UL was 6-4 against the LSU junior varsity team, a more suitable opponent. Louisiana did not play the LSU JV team after 1921.
From the Lafayette Gazette, October 25, 1902:
L.S.U. vs. INSTITUTE
A Large Crowd Witness a Game of Football on Institute Campus
The football team of the Louisiana State University, who were on their way to Austin to play the Texas University, stopped here last Thursday and gave the Institute boys a game of the great college sport. Of course the game could result only one way. The L.S.U. team scored 42 and completely shut out the Institute.
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