Tigers shock Miami in Peach Bowl 40-3

ATLANTA -- The 10th-ranked LSU football team scored 40 unanswered points on eight-straight possessions to stun No. 9 Miami (Fla.), 40-3, at the 2005 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

In head coach Les Miles' first season at LSU (11-2), the Tigers evened their all-time bowl record at 18-18-1. Miami fell to 9-3 on the season.

LSU won its fourth Peach Bowl in school history without a loss dating back to 1968.

The Tigers dominated the contest, out-gaining the Hurricanes, 468-153, including 167-3 in the second half.

First-time starting quarterback Matt Flynn earned the game's Offensive Most Outstanding Player honor by completing 13-of-22 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns, while placekicker Chris Jackson made 2-of-3 field goal attempts from 37, 47 and 50 yards and Colt David added another from 35.

LSU defensive end Melvin Oliver was the Defensive MVP.

LSU runningback Joseph Addai rushed 24 times for 130 yards with a 6-yard touchdown run and a 4-yard touchdown reception, moving into fifth place in school history with more than 2,500 career yards and surpassing 1,000 all-purpose yards in the 2005 season.

Receiver Craig Davis reeled in five catches for 99 yards, including 51-yard touchdown pass from Flynn.

Miami won the coin toss and elected to defer to the second half. The Tigers took the ball to open the game.

Though LSU advanced to the Miami 33-yard line, Miami pressure forced consecutive incomplete passes by Flynn and the Tigers settled for a 50-yard field goal attempt. Placekicker Chris Jackson missed the attempt to the left.

On the ensuing possession, Wright drove the Hurricanes to the LSU 4-yardline before throwing an incomplete pass in the end zone. Miami, too, settled for a field goal attempt and Jon Peattie made his 21-yard try.

Miami led, 3-0, with 8:45 to play in the first quarter.

After consecutive punts, the Tigers punt together a 10-play drive that included eight rushes and Jackson hit a 37-yard field goal to tie the game, 3-3, with 58 seconds to play in the quarter.

The field goal started the 20-consecutive points by LSU leading up to the half.

The LSU defense stopped Miami on fourth-and-inches at the LSU 35-yard line, and, four plays later, Flynn found Davis at the goal line for a 51-yard touchdown.

LSU led 10-3 with 11:47 to play in the half.

Miami again advanced to LSU territory, but the drive stalled with another defensive stop on third-and-1.

The Tigers took over at their 14-yard line, and Flynn again led the offense into Miami territory. Despite a 10-yard sack on third down, LSU made a 47-yard field goal and extended the lead to 13-3 with 4:57 left in the half.

Miami went three-and-out on the ensuing possession, allowing LSU to drive 68 yards for another touchdown. This time, Addai took a short pass from Flynn on third-and-3 from the Miami 4 and muscled into the endzone for the score.

LSU led 20-3 at the half.

The Tigers' dominance continued early in the second half, holding Miami to three-and-one in consecutive drives and extending the lead to 34-3 with their fifth and sixth-consecutive scoring drives.

In the first nine-plus minutes of the third quarter, the Tigers out-gained Miami 95-1 and scored on a 6-yard run by Addai and a 1-yard dive by Jacob Hester.

The Tigers' domination resulted in a 34-3 lead with 5:27 to play in the third quarter.

A Colt David career-long field goal of 35 yards gave the Tigers their seventh-straight score on a 37-3 lead with 13:59 to play in the game.

Then, Jackson hit a season-long 50-yard field goal for the eighth-consecutive scoring drive.

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