See Billy Napier lifted up on UL Ragin' Cajuns football fans' shoulders after Sun Belt win

Erik Hall
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

Billy Napier and the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns football team received their Sun Belt Conference Championship trophy on a stage in the middle of the football field after defeating Appalachian State 24-16 on Saturday. 

Ragin' Cajuns fans wouldn't let Napier's feet touch the ground after he got the trophy.

They put him on their shoulders.

Several fans lifted Napier in the air as he came down from the mid-field stage.

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Louisiana football fans lift Billy Napier on their shoulders

As they held him in the air, many of the fans chanted, "Billy."

One fan can be heard saying to Napier, "Thank you." 

Napier was wearing a grey T-shirt he received for winning the Sun Belt Championship. 

Saturday's game was the final game for Billy Napier as the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns football head coach before taking over the Florida Gators program.

Louisiana-Lafayette head coach Billy Napier, soon to be Florida head coach, wipes his eye after the team defeated Appalachian State in the Sun Belt Conference championship NCAA college football game in Lafayette, La., Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

By defeating Appalachian State, the UL Ragin' Cajuns, ranked No. 21 in the USA Today Sports AFCA Coaches Poll, improved to 12-1 overall. Appalachian State went to 10-3 overall.

After Saturday, Appalachian State leads the all-time series 8-3 vs. Louisiana. The UL Ragin' Cajuns defeated App. State 41-13 on Oct. 12.

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Dec 4, 2021; Lafayette, LA, USA; Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns head coach Billy Napier lifts the Sun Belt Conference Trophy after a 24-16 victory over the Appalachian State Mountaineers in the the Sun Belt Conference championship game. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Wevers-USA TODAY Sports

Shawn Clark is the Appalachian State football head coach. 

Erik Hall is the lead digital producer for sports with the USA Today Network. You can find him on Twitter @HallErik.