1965 Sugar Bowl
31st edition
1234 Total
LSU 2083 13
Syracuse 10000 10
DateJanuary 1, 1965
StadiumTulane Stadium
LocationNew Orleans, Louisiana
FavoriteLSU by 5½ points[1][2]
RefereeFrancis P. Brennan (ECAC)
(split crew between ECAC & SEC)
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersBill Flemming, Terry Brennan
Sugar Bowl
 < 1964  1966

The 1965 Sugar Bowl was the 31st edition of the college football bowl game, played at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Friday, January 1. Part of the 1964–65 bowl season, it matched the seventh-ranked LSU Tigers of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and the unranked independent Syracuse Orangemen.[1][2] Favored LSU rallied in the second half to win, 13–10.[3][4] The game is notable for being the first time a racially integrated team played in the Sugar Bowl since the 1956 Sugar Bowl. Syracuse had two black players, Jim Nance and Floyd Little.


Main article: 1964 NCAA University Division football season

LSU Tigers

Main article: 1964 LSU Tigers football team

Syracuse Orangemen

Main article: 1964 Syracuse Orangemen football team

Game summary

Syracuse opened the scoring in the first quarter with a 23-yard Roger Smith field goal. When Syracuse got the ball next, LSU's defense forced a safety, as lineman George Rice tackled halfback Floyd Little in the end zone, making it 3–2. Syracuse's Bradlee Clarke returned a blocked punt 28 yards for a touchdown, and after a scoreless second quarter, Syracuse led 10–2 at halftime.

In the third quarter, LSU reserve quarterback Billy Ezell threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Doug Moreau, and converted for two points on a pass play to tie the game at ten. With under four minutes remaining, Moreau kicked a 28-yard field goal to put LSU ahead, 13–10, which was the final score, and he was named Sugar Bowl MVP.[3][4]


First quarter

Second quarter

No scoring

Third quarter

Fourth quarter


Statistics     LSU     Syracuse
First downs 11 10
Rushing 46–161 35–151
Passing 6–15–1 8–20–1
Passing yards 114 52
Total offense 61–275 55–203
Punts–avg. 9–36.2 6–37.5
Fumbles–lost 4–0 3–1
Turnovers 1 2
Penalties–yards 4–46 5–55


  1. ^ a b "LSU rates favorite in Sugar Bowl". Victoria Advocate. (Texas). Associated Press. January 1, 1965. p. 8.
  2. ^ a b "Moreau, Little lead Syracuse in Sugar Bowl". Toledo Blade. (Ohio). Associated Press. January 1, 1965. p. 33.
  3. ^ a b c "Field goal gives LSU 13-10 victory". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. January 2, 1965. p. 3B.
  4. ^ a b c "LSU bottles Nance, Little for 13-10 comeback win". Victoria Advocate. (Texas). Associated Press. January 2, 1965. p. 8.