1984 LSU Tigers football
Sugar Bowl, L 10–28 vs. Nebraska
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 16
APNo. 15
Record8–3–1 (4–1–1 SEC)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorEd Zaunbrecher (1st season)
Home stadiumTiger Stadium
Seasons
← 1983
1985 →
1984 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 3 Florida 5 0 1 9 1 1
No. 15 LSU 4 1 1 8 3 1
No. 14 Auburn 4 2 0 9 4 0
Georgia 4 2 0 7 4 1
No. 19 Kentucky 3 3 0 9 3 0
Tennessee 3 3 0 7 4 1
Vanderbilt 2 4 0 5 6 0
Alabama 2 4 0 5 6 0
Ole Miss 1 5 0 4 6 1
Mississippi State 1 5 0 4 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • Florida was assessed a postseason ban following an NCAA investigation, and the SEC subsequently vacated any championship. The Sugar Bowl automatic bid for the conference champion was awarded to LSU. Under modern rules, LSU would be credited with the conference championship.
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1984 LSU Tigers football team represented Louisiana State University during the 1984 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was led by Bill Arnsparger in his first season and finished with an overall record of 8–3–1.

During the season, Florida was placed on a postseason ban for violations, and despite finishing first, the SEC punished the program with an immediate postseason ban in addition to the two-year ban imposed for the 1985 and 1986 seasons by the NCAA. The SEC also awarded LSU, as the highest placed eligible team, the automatic bid to the Sugar Bowl reserved for the conference champion. Under modern rules, a team ineligible for postseason is also ineligible for postseason awards.

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendanceSource
September 82:30 p.m.at FloridaTBST 21–2170,197
September 157:00 p.m.Wichita State*W 47–778,026[1]
September 227:00 p.m.Arizona*
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA
W 27–26
September 293:30 p.m.at 15 USC*W 23–360,128
October 136:30 p.m.VanderbiltNo. 12
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA
ESPNW 34–27
October 202:50 p.m.at 16 KentuckyNo. 10ABCW 36–10
October 272:50 p.m.Notre Dame*No. 7
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA
ABCL 22–3078,191
November 37:00 p.m.at Ole MissNo. 15
W 32–29
November 101:30 p.m.at AlabamaNo. 12W 16–1474,301
November 171:30 p.m.at Mississippi StateNo. 9L 14–16
November 247:00 p.m.Tulane*No. 16
W 33–1577,983[2]
January 1, 19857:50 p.m.vs. 5 Nebraska*No. 11ABCL 10–2875,608
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

Roster

1984 LSU Tigers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 5 Jeff Wickersham Jr
RB Herman Fontenot Sr
RB 21 Dalton Hilliard Jr
RB 23 Sammy Martin Fr
RB 33 Garry James Jr
TE 49 Brian Kinchen Fr
C 56 Nacho Albergamo Fr
OT 63 Curt Gore Jr
G 66 Keith Melancon So
OT 75 John Hazard So
G 76 Eric Andolsek Fr
WR 80 Rogie Magee Fr
WR 82 Wendell Davis Fr
TE 83 Mitch Andrews Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DE 77 Roland Barbay So
LB 94 Michael Brooks So
CB 12 Norman Jefferson So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 3 Matt DeFrank Fr
K 8 Ron Lewis Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Ed Zaunbrecher
  • Mike Archer
  • Pete Jenkins
  • Pete Mangurian
  • Jerry Sullivan

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured
    Injured
  • Redshirt
    Redshirt

Roster

Rankings

Further information: 1984 NCAA Division I-A football rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
— = Not ranked. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
PollPre1234567891011121314Final
AP1512107 (1)1512916141115
Coaches18131096 (1)17151218151216

Game summaries

at Florida

See also: 1984 Florida Gators football team and Florida–LSU football rivalry

Wichita State

See also: Wichita State Shockers football

Arizona

See also: 1984 Arizona Wildcats football team

at USC

See also: 1984 USC Trojans football team

at Kentucky

See also: 1984 Kentucky Wildcats football team

Notre Dame

See also: 1984 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

vs. Nebraska (Sugar Bowl)

#4 Nebraska vs #12 LSU
1 234Total
No. 4 Cornhuskers 0 7714 28
No. 12 Tigers 3 700 10

Main article: 1985 Sugar Bowl

See also: 1984 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team


References

  1. ^ "Tigers toy with Shockers, 47–7". The Shreveport Times. September 16, 1984. Retrieved February 25, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ "Tigers win game, bout with Wave". Alexandria Daily Town Talk. November 25, 1984. Retrieved October 20, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.