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2003 LSU Tigers football
BCS national champion
SEC champion
SEC Western Division co-champion
Sugar Bowl champion
Sugar Bowl (BCS NCG), W 21–14 vs. Oklahoma
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionWestern Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 1
APNo. 2
2003 record13–1 (7–1 SEC)
Head coachNick Saban (4th season)
Offensive coordinatorJimbo Fisher (4th season)
Offensive schemePro-style
Defensive coordinatorWill Muschamp (2nd as coordinator, 3rd overall season)
Base defense4–3
Home stadiumTiger Stadium
(Capacity: 91,600)
Seasons
← 2002
2004 →
2003 SEC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#7 Georgia xy   6 2         11 3  
#15 Tennessee x   6 2         10 3  
#24 Florida x   6 2         8 5  
South Carolina   2 6         5 7  
Kentucky   1 7         4 8  
Vanderbilt   1 7         2 10  
Western Division
#2 LSU xy   7 1         13 1  
#13 Ole Miss x   7 1         10 3  
Auburn   5 3         8 5  
Arkansas   4 4         9 4  
Alabama   2 6         4 9  
Mississippi State   1 7         2 10  
Championship: LSU 34, Georgia 13
† – BCS representative as champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll


The 2003 LSU Tigers football team represented Louisiana State University (LSU) during the 2003 NCAA Division I-A football season. Coached by Nick Saban, the LSU Tigers played their home games at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Tigers compiled an 11–1 regular season record and then defeated the No. 5 Georgia Bulldogs in the SEC Championship Game, Afterward, LSU was invited to play the Oklahoma Sooners in the Sugar Bowl for the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) national title. LSU won the BCS National Championship Game, the first national football championship for LSU since 1958.

The 2003 college football regular season ended with three one-loss teams in BCS contention: the LSU Tigers, Oklahoma Sooners, and USC Trojans. USC ended the regular season ranked No. 1 and LSU No. 2 in both the AP Poll and the Coaches' Poll. Media controversy ensued when the BCS computer-based selection system chose LSU and Oklahoma as the participants in the BCS title game, largely based on an assessment of the relative difficulty of the three teams' 2003 schedules. During the bowl games, LSU beat No. 3 Oklahoma 21–14 in the Sugar Bowl (designated as the BCS National Championship Game for the 2003–04 season), while USC defeated the No. 4 Michigan Wolverines 28–14 in the Rose Bowl. LSU was ranked No. 1 in the final Coaches' Poll, and USC remained No. 1 in the final AP Poll.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 307:00 p.m.Louisiana–Monroe*No. 14W 49–789,148
September 69:00 p.m.at Arizona*No. 13TBSW 59–1346,110
September 137:00 p.m.Western Illinois*No. 12
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA
W 35–787,164
September 202:30 p.m.No. 7 GeorgiaNo. 11
CBSW 17–1092,251
September 278:00 p.m.at Mississippi StateNo. 7ESPN2W 41–645,835
October 112:30 p.m.FloridaNo. 6
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA (rivalry)
CBSL 7–1992,077
October 186:45 p.m.at South CarolinaNo. 10ESPN2W 33–782,525
October 257:00 p.m.No. 17 AuburnNo. 9
ESPNW 31–792,085
November 17:00 p.m.Louisiana Tech*daggerNo. 7
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA
PPVW 49–1091,879
November 156:45 p.m.at AlabamaNo. 3ESPNW 27–383,818
November 222:30 p.m.at No. 15 Ole MissNo. 3CBSW 17–1462,552
November 281:30 p.m.ArkansasNo. 3
CBSW 55–2492,213
December 68:00 p.m.vs. No. 5 GeorgiaNo. 3CBSW 34–1374,913
January 4, 20047:15 p.m.vs. No. 3 Oklahoma*No. 2ABCW 21–1479,342
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

RosterEdit

(LSUSports.net Official Roster)

Quarterbacks

Running Backs

H-Backs

Fullbacks

Wide Receivers

 

Tight Ends

Center

Offensive Line

Defensive Line

Defensive End

 

Defensive Tackle

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

 

Cornerbacks

Safeties

Punters

Kickers

Long Snappers

Game summariesEdit

Louisiana-MonroeEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
LA-Monroe 0 0 0 7 7
• LSU 0 21 21 7 49

[2]

ArizonaEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
• LSU 17 21 7 14 59
Arizona 0 0 0 13 13

[3]

Western IllinoisEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
W Illinois 0 0 7 0 7
• LSU 6 7 15 7 35

[4]

GeorgiaEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Georgia 3 0 0 7 10
• LSU 0 7 3 7 17

[5]

Mississippi StateEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
• LSU 7 17 10 7 41
Mississippi St 0 0 0 6 6

[6]

FloridaEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
• Florida 10 3 6 0 19
LSU 7 0 0 0 7

[7]

South CarolinaEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
• LSU 6 13 7 7 33
South Carolina 0 0 7 0 7

[8]

AuburnEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Auburn 0 0 0 7 7
• LSU 21 0 10 0 31

[9]

Louisiana TechEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Louisiana Tech 0 3 7 0 10
• LSU 28 21 0 0 49

[10]

AlabamaEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
• LSU 10 7 7 3 27
Alabama 0 0 0 3 3

[11]

Ole MissEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
• LSU 3 7 0 7 17
Ole Miss 7 0 0 7 14

[12]

ArkansasEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Arkansas 10 7 0 7 24
• LSU 10 24 21 0 55

[13]

SEC Championship GameEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
• LSU 8 9 7 10 34
Georgia 0 3 10 0 13

[14]

Sugar BowlEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Oklahoma 0 7 0 7 14
• LSU 7 7 7 0 21

LSU Tigers in the 2004 National Football League Draft Edit

Player Position Round Pick Overall NFL team
Michael Clayton Wide Receiver 1 15 15 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Devery Henderson Wide Receiver 2 18 50 New Orleans Saints
Marquise Hill Defensive End 2 31 63 New England Patriots
Stephen Peterman Offensive Guard 3 20 83 Dallas Cowboys
Chad Lavalais Defensive Tackle 5 10 142 Atlanta Falcons
Donnie Jones Punter 7 23 224 Seattle Seahawks
Matt Mauck Quarterback 7 24 225 Denver Broncos

https://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/2004.htm

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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