NEW ORLEANS – Tulane University and LSU will renew one of the most historic college football rivalries in the South as the schools have agreed to play a 10-year home-and-home football series beginning in Tiger Stadium in 2006.
The renewal of the rivalry, which dates back to 1893, was made possible by the NCAA's recent decision to allow teams to play a 12th regular season game beginning in 2006. In addition to the eight-game Conference USA schedule, Tulane will play LSU and three other non-conference opponents every year from 2006-2015. The first game of the series renewal will be played Sept. 23, 2006, and sites will alternate each year through the final game of the agreement on Oct. 31, 2015 in the Louisiana Superdome. Tulane will play host to LSU in New Orleans for the first time since the 1994 season on Sept. 29, 2007. (See complete schedule below.)
The rebirth of the series is good for both universities and for Louisiana college football, said Rick Dickson, Tulane Athletic Director, who worked with LSU Athletic Director Skip Bertman and Senior Associate Athletic Director Dan Radakovich to schedule the games.
"The opportunity to compete in a true ‘rivalry game' is unique to college athletics, and I'm excited that members of our football team will now have that chance," Dickson said. "Since I arrived at Tulane [in 1999], I have heard from many college football fans in this state who want to see these teams play an annual football game and now it will happen. With the addition of the 12th game for 2006, this series is a win-win situation for both institutions, for our fans and for our student-athletes."
"I want to thank Skip [Bertman] and Dan Radakovich, not only for working with us to facilitate this series in football, but also in fostering competition between our schools in other sports – from men's and women's basketball to tennis and women's soccer," Dickson added. "We certainly have great respect for them and for the program they have created in Baton Rouge; this agreement allows us to continue to build on that relationship."
"We are absolutely delighted to renew this historic series with LSU," Tulane University President Scott Cowen said. "These games have created a tremendous amount of excitement in the past. It is in the best interest of our student-athletes, fans and the state as a whole to renew one of the greatest football rivalries in the country."
Through the agreement, LSU will receive a ticket allocation for the games scheduled at the Louisiana Superdome in lieu of a financial guarantee. For each game in Tiger Stadium, Tulane will receive a guarantee along with the option to purchase tickets.
Since moving to the Louisiana Superdome in 1975, Tulane's six top attendance games have come versus LSU, topped by a Tulane Superdome record crowd of 73,496 on Nov. 17, 1979.
Tulane and LSU last played on a regular basis between 1911 and 1994, skipping only the 1918 season due to World War I. The 76 consecutive games from 1919 to 1994 is still the 24th-longest uninterrupted series in NCAA Division I history. Since the 1994 game in the Louisiana Superdome which marked the end of the last annual series, the teams have met in 1996 and in 2001, both times in Baton Rouge.
According to the Green Wave record book, LSU owns a 64-23-7 lead in the 94-game series which dates back to the 1893 contest, the first intercollegiate football game for both schools. There have been many historic, controversial and dramatic moments in the series. For example, LSU claims a 65-22-7 series lead based on a disputed 1901 game in which Tulane defeated LSU 22-0 on the field. And in 1938 after a 14-0 Tulane win, a brawl spread from Tiger Stadium into the surrounding cane fields; combatants stopped momentarily when the band played the national anthem, only to start fighting again after the last note.
In the modern era, Tulane's greatest win in the series came on Dec. 1, 1973 in Tulane Stadium when the Green Wave snapped a 24-game winless streak versus LSU with a 14-0 upset win over the eighth-ranked Tigers. From 1979 to 1982, the Wave enjoyed its most recent string of success, winning three of four games from LSU. The 1982 triumph in Tiger Stadium was Tulane's last victory over LSU as the Green Wave defeated the No. 12-ranked and Orange Bowl-bound Tigers, 31-28, on the strength of a fourth down, 31-yard, game-winning touchdown pass from Mike McKay to Reggie Reginelli.
Officials of Tulane and LSU began negotiations to revive their annual series in January of this year. Tulane, which has played a state opponent in five of the last six years and will play host to Southeastern Louisiana in 2005, opens the 2005 season versus regional and Conference USA rival Southern Miss on Sunday, Sept. 4 in a nationally-televised (ESPN2) game at 3 p.m.
Sept. 23, 2006 Tiger Stadium
Sept. 29, 2007 Louisiana Superdome
Nov. 1, 2008 Tiger Stadium
Oct. 31, 2009 Louisiana Superdome
Oct. 30, 2010 Tiger
Oct. 29, 2011 Louisiana Superdome
Nov. 3, 2012 Tiger Stadium
Nov. 2, 2013 Louisiana Superdome
Nov. 1, 2014 Tiger Stadium
Oct. 31, 2015 Louisiana Superdome
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