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Battle for the Rag
First contestedNovember 25, 1893
Tulane 34, LSU 0
Number of meetings98
Most recent meetingOctober 31, 2009
LSU 42, Tulane 0
All-time seriesLSU leads, 69–22–7 (.740)
Largest victoryLSU, 62–0 (1958)
Longest win streakLSU, 18 (1983–present)
Current streakLSU, 18 (1983–present)

The Battle for the Rag is the name given to the LSU–Tulane football rivalry.[1] It is an American college football rivalry game[2] played by the LSU Tigers football team of Louisiana State University and the Tulane Green Wave football team of Tulane University. The game was played nearly every year since its inception in 1893, with the last of ninety-eight games being played in 2009. Tulane and LSU spent much of their athletic histories as members of the same conference: the SIAA from 1899 to 1920, the Southern Conference from 1922 to 1932, and as charter members of the SEC from 1932 to 1966.

The "Rag"

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The 1914 0–0 tie between the teams

The winner is awarded a satin trophy flag known as the Tiger Rag at LSU and the Victory Flag at Tulane.[3] The flag is divided diagonally, with the logos of each school placed on opposite sides and the Seal of Louisiana in the center. LSU's name for the flag comes from the popular tune Tiger Rag, one of the songs performed by the Louisiana State University Tiger Marching Band.

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The December 1973 matchup at Tulane Stadium

The original flag was created in 1940 to foster good sportsmanship, most likely in response to growing tension between fans of the two teams that eventually escalated into a riot after Tulane's victory in 1938. It is believed that this flag was destroyed in a 1982 fire at Tulane's University Center.[4] In 2001, LSU and Tulane worked together to create a reconstruction of the rag based upon archived photographs.

2006 series renewal

In 2006 the rivalry was officially renewed, returning to yearly play for the first time since 1994. The teams began play that year and continued until 2009, when it was announced that LSU would pay Tulane $700,000 to void the final six years of the home-and-home series. LSU held that it would benefit if the remaining games were all played in Baton Rouge. Not wanting to give up its home games, Tulane agreed to end the series early, though the teams did agree to play one future game in New Orleans.[5][6]

Game results

LSU victoriesTulane victoriesTie games
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
1 November 25, 1893 New Orleans 34–0
2 October 26, 1895 Baton Rouge LSU 8–4
3 October 24, 1896† New Orleans LSU 6–0
4 December 14, 1898 Baton Rouge LSU 37–0
5 December 8, 1899 Baton Rouge LSU 38–0
6 November 17, 1900 New Orleans 29–0
7 November 16, 1901† New Orleans LSU 11–0
8 November 19, 1904 New Orleans 5–0
9 November 25, 1905 New Orleans LSU 5–0
10 December 9, 1911 Baton Rouge LSU 6–0
11 November 28, 1912 New Orleans LSU 21–3
12 November 22, 1913 Baton Rouge LSU 40–0
13 November 26, 1914 New Orleans Tie0–0
14 November 25, 1915 Baton Rouge LSU 12–0
15 November 30, 1916 New Orleans Tie14–14
16 November 29, 1917 Baton Rouge 28–6
17 November 22, 1919 New Orleans LSU 27–6
18 November 25, 1920 Baton Rouge 21–0
19 November 19, 1921 New Orleans 21–0
20 November 30, 1922 Baton Rouge LSU 25–14
21 November 24, 1923 New Orleans 20–0
22 November 27, 1924 Baton Rouge 13–0
23 November 21, 1925 Baton Rouge 16–0
24 November 25, 1926 New Orleans LSU 7–0
25 November 25, 1927 Baton Rouge 13–6
26 November 29, 1928 New Orleans Tie0–0
27 November 28, 1929 Baton Rouge 21–0
28November 27, 1930New Orleans12–7
29November 28, 1931New Orleans34–7
30November 25, 1932Baton RougeLSU14–0
31December 2, 1933New OrleansTie7–7
32December 1, 1934Baton Rouge13–12
33November 30, 1935New OrleansLSU41–0
34November 28, 1936Baton Rouge#2 LSU33–0
35November 27, 1937New Orleans#10 LSU20–7
36November 26, 1938Baton RougeTulane14–0
37December 2, 1939New Orleans33–20
38November 30, 1940Baton RougeLSU14–0
39November 29, 1941New OrleansLSU19–0
40November 26, 1942Baton RougeLSU18–6
41November 20, 1943New Orleans27–0
42November 30, 1944Baton RougeLSU25–6
43December 1, 1945New OrleansLSU33–0
44November 30, 1946Baton Rouge#9 LSU41–27
45December 6, 1947New OrleansTie6–6
46November 27, 1948Baton Rouge#14 Tulane46–0
47November 26, 1949New Orleans#13 LSU21–0
48December 2, 1950New OrleansTie14–14
49November 26, 1951New OrleansLSU14–13
50November 26, 1952New OrleansLSU16–0
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
51November 26, 1953Baton RougeLSU32–13
52November 26, 1954New OrleansLSU14–13
53November 26, 1955Baton RougeTie13–13
54December 1, 1956New OrleansLSU7–6
55November 30, 1957Baton RougeLSU25–6
56November 22, 1958New Orleans#1 LSU62–0
57November 21, 1959Baton Rouge#3 LSU14–6
58November 26, 1960New OrleansLSU17–6
59November 25, 1961Baton Rouge#4 LSU62–0
60November 24, 1962New Orleans#8 LSU38–3
61November 23, 1963Baton RougeLSU20–0
62November 21, 1964New Orleans#8 LSU13–3
63November 20, 1965Baton RougeLSU62–0
64November 19, 1966New OrleansLSU21–7
65November 25, 1967Baton RougeLSU41–27
66November 23, 1968New OrleansLSU34–10
67November 22, 1969Baton Rouge#10 LSU27–0
68November 28, 1970New Orleans#6 LSU26–14
69November 27, 1971Baton Rouge#10 LSU36–7
70December 2, 1972New Orleans#11 LSU9–3
71December 1, 1973New OrleansTulane14–0
72November 23, 1974Baton RougeLSU24–22
73November 22, 1975New OrleansLSU42–6
74November 20, 1976Baton RougeLSU17–7
75November 19, 1977New OrleansLSU20–17
76November 25, 1978Baton RougeLSU40–21
77November 24, 1979New Orleans#18 Tulane24–13
78November 22, 1980Baton RougeLSU24–7
79November 28, 1981New OrleansTulane48–7
80November 27, 1982Baton RougeTulane31–28
81November 19, 1983New OrleansLSU20–7
82November 24, 1984Baton Rouge#16 LSU33–15
83November 30, 1985New Orleans#13 LSU31–19
84November 29, 1986Baton Rouge#5 LSU37–17
85November 21, 1987New Orleans#9 LSU41–36
86November 26, 1988Baton Rouge#16 LSU44–14
87November 25, 1989New OrleansLSU27–7
88November 24, 1990Baton RougeLSU16–13
89November 23, 1991New OrleansLSU39–20
90November 21, 1992Baton RougeLSU24–12
91November 20, 1993Baton RougeLSU24–10
92November 19, 1994New OrleansLSU49–25
93November 23, 1996Baton Rouge#18 LSU35–17
94September 1, 2001Baton Rouge#14 LSU48–17
95September 23, 2006Baton Rouge#10 LSU49–7
96September 29, 2007New Orleans#2 LSU34–9
97November 1, 2008Baton Rouge#15 LSU35–10
98October 31, 2009Baton Rouge#9 LSU42–0
Series: LSU leads 69–6–7

Source: College Football Data Warehouse[7]

LSU was declared the winner by forfeit in the 1896 and 1901 games. The score for each game prior to a forfeit declaration was: 1896-Tulane 2, LSU 0, and 1901-Tulane 22, LSU 0. Official scores subsequent to the forfeitures are listed in the table.
# Rankings are from the AP Poll released prior to each game.

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