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The Louisiana–Monroe Warhawks football (also referred to as the ULM Warhawks, formerly as the Northeast Louisiana Indians) program is a college football team that represents the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM). With a history dating back to 1931, ULM currently competes in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision as a member of the Sun Belt Conference (Sun Belt). The Warhawks currently play their home games at Malone Stadium, located on the campus in Monroe, Louisiana. Since December 2009, Todd Berry has served as the Warhawks' head coach. After a shocking 34-31 overtime upset of #8 Arkansas on September 8, 2012, the Razorbacks became the second highest ranked team to drop from the polls completely the next week. The upset ranks 1st in the Warhawks' history, closely followed by the program's 2007 21-14 win over Alabama in which they were underdogs by 25 points. The Warhawks played in their first ever FBS bowl game on Dec. 28, 2012 in the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana, losing 45-14 to the University of Ohio Bobcats.
What is now Louisiana–Monroe originally competed as a junior college from 1931 through 1950. In 1951 the Indians completed their first season in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) as Northeast Louisiana State College. Northeast competed as part of the NAIA through the 1974 season and compiled a record of 87 wins, 138 losses and four ties. From 1974 through 1993, NLU competed at the I-AA division winning four conference championships and the 1987 National Championship before moving up to I-A in 1994.
After competing as an Independent from 1994 though 2000, the Warhawks joined the Sun Belt Conference for the 2001 season. In 2007, the Warhawks upset the Alabama Crimson Tide in Bryant–Denny Stadium 21–14, despite being 25-point underdogs and expected to lose by as much as 38. It has since been called "one of the most important wins in school history", later followed by the 2012 victory over Arkansas. In another thrilling and important win for the Warhawks, on September 8, 2012, ULM beat #8 Arkansas 34-31 in overtime, Louisiana-Monroe's first win over a ranked opponent in 16 tries.