The 1972 LSU Tigers football team represented Louisiana State University during the 1972 NCAA University Division football season.
LSU and Southeastern Conference rival Ole Miss became the last major universities to desegregate their varsity football squads this season.
The Sept. 30 game vs. Wisconsin marked the first appearance of a Big Ten Conference team at Tiger Stadium. Only two other Big Ten teams have played at Baton Rouge since: Indiana in 1978 and Ohio State in 1987 (Maryland and Nebraska each played in Baton Rouge before joining the Big Ten, as did future Big Ten member USC).
LSU introduced a new helmet logo, a tiger head above the letters "LSU" inside a purple circle, a logo which was used through 1976. Also, player names were placed on jerseys for the first time.
- First quarter
- MISS – Steve Lavinghouze 42-yard field goal. Ole Miss 3–0. Drive:
- LSU – Bert Jones 6-yard run (Rusty Jackson kick). LSU 7–3. Drive: 12 plays, 75 yards.
- Second quarter
- LSU – Rusty Jackson 29-yard field goal. LSU 10–3. Drive:
- MISS – Steve Lavinghouze 38-yard field goal, 0:00. LSU 10–6. Drive:
- Third quarter
- MISS – Norris Weese 1-yard run (Steve Ladinghouze kick). Ole Miss 13–10. Drive: 16 plays, 69 yards.
- Fourth quarter
- MISS – Steve Lavinghouze 40-yard field goal. Ole Miss 16–10. Drive:
- LSU – Brad Davis 10-yard pass from Bert Jones (Rusty Jackson kick), 0:00. LSU 17–16. Drive: 13 plays, 80 yards, 3:02.
- Top passers
- Top rushers
- Top receivers
Bert Jones set school career records for completions, touchdowns and total offense.