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The 2004 Sugar Bowl, the BCS title game for the 2003 college football season, was played on January 4, 2004 at the Louisiana Superdomemarker in New Orleans, Louisianamarker. The teams were LSU Tigers and the Oklahoma Sooners. The Tigers won the BCS National Championship, their second, by beating the Sooners by a score of 21-14.

Set-up

Number 2 ranked LSU came into The National Championship Title Game 12-1, with their one loss at home to #17 Florida. Top-ranked Oklahoma (but #3 in the AP poll) was 12-1, with the lone defeat coming at a neutral site in the Big 12 Championship Game against Kansas State. There was some media and fan controversy as to which teams deserved to play in the National Title game. USC was ranked #3 in the BCS standings but #1 by the AP poll; Southern Cal owned a record of 11-1, with its one loss coming in triple overtime at unranked .
2004 Sugar Bowl, Louisiana State vs. Oklahoma; January 4, 2004
Once the game commenced, LSU's #1 ranked defense held the country's most prolific offense, which had averaged 45.2 points and 461 yards per game, to 154 total yards, and just one touchdown until the closing minutes of the game. Heisman Trophy-winning QB Jason White completed only 13 of his 37 passing attempts for a mere 102 yards, was sacked seven times and intercepted twice.

As a result, LSU won their second National Championship Title and first since 1958. The coaches voted LSU National Champions as contractually required by the BCS. #3 USC won the Rose Bowl against #4 ranked Michigan, and was voted the National Champion in the AP Poll.

Scoring Summary

Scoring Play Score
1st Quarter
LSU - Skyler Green 24 yard run (Ryan Gaudet kick). LSU 7-0
2nd Quarter
OU - Kejuan Jones 1 yard run (Trey DiCarlo kick). Tie 7-7
LSU - Justin Vincent 16 yard run (Gaudet kick). LSU 14-7
3rd Quarter
LSU - Marcus Spears 20 yard interception return (Gaudet kick). LSU 21-7
4th Quarter
OU - Jones 1 yard run (DiCarlo kick). LSU 21-14


Trivia

  • The attendance of 79,342 became the largest ever to see a game in the Superdome. That figure has since been surpassed by the 2008 BCS National Championship Game (79,651).
  • The team that led at half-time had won 10 of 11 Sugar Bowl games.
  • LSU improved its record to 5-7 in Sugar Bowl games.
  • The SEC improved its record to 34-29-1 in Sugar Bowl games.


References

  1. Football - chicagotribune.com


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