LSU has been a football powerhouse for years, and has had two national championship teams. Come Monday, LSU will find itself competing for another national title, when it takes on Ohio for the title.
The Tigers' home is Tiger Stadium, or "Death Valley" in Baton Rouge. The stadium seats about 93,000 people and has time after time has been voted the most difficult place for a visiting team to play. The famous Bear Bryant once remarked that Baton Rouge is the worst place in the world for a visiting team, and was like being inside a drum. In 2007, ESPN named Tiger Stadium the scariest place to play and by far, had the loudest stadium in the country.
The Tigers Famous Moments
The Tigers have won 13 conference championships, 10 of which were in the SEC (Southeastern Conference). Here are just a few of the more memorable moments in Tiger history.
1959--LSU wins the 1958 national championship in the Sugar Bowl.
1966-Then unranked LSU upset #2 Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl, snapping Arkansas' 22-game winning streak.
1988 - "The Earthquake Game" --LSU staged an earth-shattering upset victory over #4 Auburn in Tiger Stadium, a night when the crowd noise registered on the seismograph at the LSU Geology lab.
2002 - "The Bluegrass Miracle." On the final play of the game against Kentucky, Tigers quarterback Marcus Randall took the ball and threw it downfield from his own 18 yard line. The ball was deflected off the hands of LSU wide receiver Michael Clayton and into the hands of LSU wide receiver Devery Henderson. Henderson broke the last tackle and raced into the end zone with the game-winning touchdown. Kentucky fans, believing they had won, had already rushed the field.
2004--LSU won the BCS national championship by defeating #1 BCS ranked Oklahoma 21-14 in the Sugar Bowl.
2007--LSU defeated Notre Dame 41-14 in the first Sugar Bowl since the reconstruction of the Louisiana Superdome following Hurricane Katrina.
The 2007 Tigers
The head coach is Les Miles. Just a few of the notable players are quarterback Matt Flynn, who passed for 2233 yards and 17 touchdowns. Running back Jacob Hester has run for 1017 yards on 204 carries. Running back Trindon Holliday, also a track star, is only 5'5", but is the fastest back on the team. Wide receiver Early Doucet was injured much of the season, but still managed 50 receptions for 474 yards. Safety Craig Steltz has had 6 interceptions this year. Defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey was also injured this season, but played all games; when healthy, he is formidable, as is big offensive lineman Herman Johnson. Johnson was born 15 pounds, 14 ounces, and hasn't slowed down his growth at 6'7", 351 pounds. Kicker colt David has kicked for 25 field goals and 58 extra points.
Tigers in the NFL
Here a just a handful of the Tigers currently playing in the NFL. The World Champion Indianapolis Colts have Joseph Addai and Anthony "Booger" McFarland; Eric Alexander,Randall Gay, Jarvis Green are New England Patriots; Robert Royal, Kyle Williams, and Josh Reed play for Buffalo;Bradie James and Marcus Spears play for the Dallas Cowboys.