|1987 Northeast Louisiana Indians football|
Southland Conference Champions
Division I-AA National Championship vs. Marshall, W 43–42
|1987 record||13–2 (6–0 Southland)|
|Head coach||Pat Collins (7th season)|
|Home stadium||Malone Stadium|
|1987 Southland Conference football standings|
|#3 Northeast Louisiana $^||6||–||0||–||0||13||–||2||–||0|
|#19 Sam Houston State||5||–||1||–||0||8||–||3||–||0|
|#16 North Texas State ^||5||–||1||–||0||7||–||5||–||0|
|SW Texas State||2||–||4||–||0||4||–||7||–||0|
|Stephen F. Austin||1||–||5||–||0||3||–||7||–||1|
The 1987 Northeast Louisiana Indians football team represented Northeast Louisiana University (now known as the University of Louisiana at Monroe) in 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. En route to the championship game, NLU defeated North Texas, Eastern Kentucky and Northern Iowa. The Indians faced off against the Marshall Thundering Herd for the I-AA National Championship. 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.
|September 12||at Louisiana Tech||W 44–7|
|September 19||at SW Texas State||W 44–7|
|September 26||Nicholls State*||W 26–14|
|October 3||at Northwestern State||W 33–31|
|October 10||at Lamar*||L 28–48|
|October 17||Georgia Southern*||W 26–17|
|October 24||Southwestern Louisiana*||L 7–17|
|October 31||McNeese State||W 37–10|
|November 7||at Southern Miss*||W 34–24|
|November 14||North Texas||W 24–23|
|November 21||Arkansas State||W 31–21|
|November 28||North Texas*||W 30–9|
|December 5||Eastern Kentucky*||W 33–32|
|December 12||Northern Iowa*||W 44–41 2 OT|
|December 19||vs. Marshall*||W 43–42|
Team players in the NFL
|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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