The Tigers logged the most dominating bowl victory in school history while the basketball team ripped through the NCAA Tournament like a team on a mission.
Track and field, softball, gymnastics; every sport experienced some type of success in 2005-06.
Here are the top 10 games to remember from the last sports season at LSU.
1. LSU 62, No. 1 Duke 54 – The Sweet 16
The LSU Tiger basketball team finally received the publicity they deserved when they knocked off No. 1 seeded Duke. The Tiger defense smothered the Blue Devils, stifling J.J. Redick and sent top-seeded Duke to yet another loss in the round of 16. Glen Davis supplied the offense, scoring 14 points despite foul trouble while freshman Tyrus Thomas supplied the defense, swatting away five shots. Garrett Temple shut down Redick to lead No. 4 seed LSU to a 62-54 upset in the Atlanta Regional. With the win, "Big Baby" and Thomas became household names, projecting Thomas to the first round of the NBA Draft.
2. LSU 40,
This game was huge. Les Miles and
his Tigers destroyed the Miami Hurricanes in all aspects of the game, capping
off the best first year record for a football coach at LSU at 11-2. Not only did
the win embarrass
Seimone Augustus and the Lady Tigers won for the first time ever in Knoxville. (UTK/EOlivier)
Seimone Augustus found Sylvia Fowles for a layup with 20
seconds to play and then blocked two three-point shots on consecutive
possessions to break
The loss to an SEC opponent in
4. LSU 16,
Not many games like this come along
often. Set in historical Bryant-Denny Stadium in
LSU's Glen Davis
outplayed Texas big man LaMarcus Aldridge on the way to the Final Four.
LSU's Glen Davis outplayed Texas big man LaMarcus Aldridge on the way to the Final Four. (LSU/Franz)
5. LSU 70,
On the 20th anniversary of the
team's last Final Four team, the fourth-seeded LSU men's basketball team
advanced to the school's fourth national semifinal by virtue of a 70-60
overtime victory over No. 2-seeded
6. LSU 35,
In what is called one of
the most emotional wins ever in LSU football, the No. 5 ranked Tigers defeated
No. 15 Arizona State in
7. UConn 67, LSU 66 – Tigers come of age
Unranked LSU busted out
onto the college basketball scene in
8. Lady Tigers 88, Baylor 57 – LSU knocks off defending champion
The Lady Tigers destroyed the defending national champion Baylor Bears 88-57 at the PMAC, but it was the post game antics that made headlines the following morning. Baylor Head Coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson made numerous negative comments during post game interviews, accusing LSU Head Coach Pokey Chatman of indecent conduct following the contest. The skirmish made national headlines, and until the NCAA Tournament was the biggest story of the season. LSU shot 50 percent from the floor in the game, including 51.4 percent in the first half. The Lady Tigers also grabbed 50 rebounds to Baylor's 35. Baylor, the defending national champions, was held to 35.3 percent from the floor.
9. LSU 3,
For the first time in school
history, the LSU softball team knocked of the No. 1-ranked team in the nation,
10. LSU 3, Notre Dame 2 – Volleyball shocks No, 8 Irish
The LSU volleyball team
knocked off a top 10-ranked opponent for the first time since 1992, defeating
No. 8 Notre Dame, 30-28, 30-22, 23-30, 26-30, 20-18, at the Nokia Sugar Bowl
Classic championship. The win marked the first victory for LSU over a nationally
ranked team since a 3-0 win over No. 18 Texas Tech on Dec. 5, 1992. The win was
also the first over a top 10-ranked team since a 3-0 win over No. 9 New Mexico
on Sept. 13, 1992, and was the first win over a nationally ranked team in the
Now 10 games Tigers fans would probably like to forget.
While there was plenty to cheer about in 2005-06, there were also those moments Tiger fans would like to forget.
Worse than a loss to UAB,
Houston or even Miami of Ohio, the Tigers collapse versus
And yes, as both basketball teams made it to the Final Four, they both watched as memorable seasons came to unceremonious endings.
Rick Clausen returned to
Tiger Stadium and rallied the Vols past his former team.
Rick Clausen returned to Tiger Stadium and rallied the Vols past his former team. (LSU/Franz)
will there be a Monday night football game in Tiger Stadium after the meltdown
LSU managed in the second half against
The Tigers saw their
national title hopes dashed by UCLA in the Final Four.
The Tigers saw their national title hopes dashed by UCLA in the Final Four. (LSU/Franz)
2. UCLA 59, LSU 45 – The run ends
The LSU basketball team hit a brick wall in the Final Four against UCLA, who smothered the Tiger offense the entire evening and ended LSU's big dance. LSU shot 16-for-50, 32 percent, and didn't make a 3-pointer the entire contest. LSU scored only 45 points, which was the second-lowest total in the Final Four since the NCAA adopted the shot clock in 1986. The game marked the end of a short era in LSU basketball where "Big Baby" and Tyrus Thomas shared the same court. It was also the final game of Darrel Mitchell's collegiate career.
3. Duke 54, LSU 45 – Augustus era ends ugly
The spark just wasn't there. The Lady Tigers struggled throughout the NCAA Tournament, relying on clutch shooting and talent to get them through the field of 65 to the Final Four. Everyone knew LSU would have to play a great game against No. 1 seeded Duke to advance to the national championship, and they didn't. Duke handled the Lady Tigers, 64-54, ending their championship run and two time Nation Player of the Year Seimone Augusts' career. The contest not only ended LSU's season, but was the end of an era at LSU where Augustus reined queen of women's collegiate basketball.
Dwayne Bowe gets stuck in
LSU's 34-14 loss to Georgia in the SEC Championship Game.
Dwayne Bowe gets stuck in LSU's 34-14 loss to Georgia in the SEC Championship Game. (LSU/Franz)
4. Georgia 34, LSU 14
The Tigers ran out of
Tiger basketball team went through growing pains at the beginning of their Final
Four season this past year when they couldn't close out a game.
6. Tennessee 63, Lady Tigers 62 – SEC Tourney upset – again!
Volunteers had not been their normal dominate selves the entire season, but they
would always rise to the occasion when playing the Lady Tigers. LSU took the
regular season contest 72-69, but for the second year in a row,
Poor play in 2006 cost baseball coach Smoke Laval his job. (LSU/Franz)
7. Baseball's five 10-plus run losses in SEC play
Former baseball head coach
Smoke Laval and his Tigers struggled throughout the 2006 season. LSU had big
wins in conference play, but more importantly, they had some big losses. Five
times in conference play LSU was beat by 10-plus runs, a stat the Tiger faithful
would rather forget. Perhaps what hurt the most was that all five contest were
played in the friendly confines of Alex Box Stadium, including-Mississippi
8. Houston 84, LSU 83
It would have been a
UL-L dream come true, but it wasn't. Instead, it was a
9. LSU 19,
The LSU defense saved
their season again against the struggling Razorbacks of Arkansas, narrowly
escaping with a 19-17 victory in Tiger Stadium. The LSU defense stopped
10. Gymnastics fails to reach Super Six – again
All season the Lady Tigers struggled on the beam, but it was miscues on the bars that proved to be the undoing for the Tiger gymnastics team as they missed advancing to the Super Six finals after finishing fifth in their preliminary round session, and eighth overall, at the NCAA Championships. After 12 tries, D-D Breaux's team still couldn't find its way into the Super Six. Despite the costly errors, LSU did turn in great performances on the other three events, notching a 49.200 on the floor and a pair of 48.900s on the vault and beam. Individually, the upperclassmen shined as a school record-tying five Tigers earned All-American honors.