With initial thoughts on the Rose
Bowl, Tiger fans bought tickets to
In addition to acting as a sort of homecoming to the Tigers, who have played in the Sugar Bowl more than any other bowl game, this year's contest will also be the Bowl's return to its ‘home' location of the Louisiana Superdome since Hurricane Katrina.
Last year's Sugar Bowl was played
in the Georgia Dome in
The bid marks the seventh
consecutive season where the Tigers will play in a bowl game, holding a record
of 4-2 in those games. The most recent bowl victory came in a 40-3 dismantling
Historically, the Sugar Bowl will
be nothing new for the Tigers, as they have appeared in the game 12 times dating
back to 1936, including appearing in Sugar Bowls two, three and four. LSU is 5-7
overall in Sugar Bowl games, but is 4-2 since 1965. Following the game, LSU
would have played in the Sugar Bowl more than any other team in college
football. They are currently tied with
The school's last trip to the Bowl
Earning the MVP award for the game was true freshman running back Justin Vincent, now a senior in the Tiger back field. Vincent rushed 16 times for 117 yards and one touchdown in that Sugar Bowl, including a 64-yard carry on the first play from scrimmage.
The story of the game for LSU, as
it was all season, was the defense, which held
Prior to the 2003-04 season, the
Tigers' last trip to the Sugar Bowl came in January 2002, when LSU claimed the
SEC crown to earn the Bowl bid and followed it with a 47-34 win over
The win was LSU's first New Year's bowl victory in over 30 years, and landed the team with a final ranking in the nation's top 10.
LSU's offensive attack, led by
Davey at quarterback and Josh Reed at wide receiver, was stellar in the meeting
Davey completed 31 of 53 passes in the game for three touchdowns, helped out by a 14 catch, 239-yard performance from Reed for two of the scores.
On the ground, LSU running back Dominick Davis ran for 122 yards and four touchdowns. The team set a bowl record with 595 yards of total offense, while LSU's 34 first-half points in the most in the history of the bowl game.
Prior to the 80s, LSU last played
in the 1968 game, topping
Notre Dame has appeared in the
Sugar Bowl a total of three times, with the last one taking place against 1992
They also played in the 1981
contest, losing 17-10 to top ranked
This year will mark the third
consecutive season with a bowl appearance for the Irish, who also made it into
the BCS last season, where they met with