1985 LSU Tigers football
Liberty Bowl, L 7–21 vs. Baylor
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 20
APNo. 20
1985 record9–2–1 (4–1–1 SEC)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorEd Zaunbrecher (2nd season)
Home stadiumTiger Stadium
Seasons
← 1984
1986 →
1985 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 4 Tennessee $ 5 1 0 9 1 2
No. 5 Florida 5 1 0 9 1 1
No. 13 Alabama 4 1 1 9 2 1
No. 20 LSU 4 1 1 9 2 1
Georgia 3 2 1 7 3 2
Auburn 3 3 0 8 4 0
Ole Miss 2 4 0 4 6 1
Vanderbilt 1 4 1 3 7 1
Kentucky 1 5 0 5 6 0
Mississippi State 0 6 0 5 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • Florida ineligible for SEC championship due to NCAA probation.
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1985 LSU Tigers football team represented Louisiana State University during the 1985 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was led by Bill Arnsparger in his second season and finished with an overall record of nine wins, two losses, and one tie (9–2–1 overall, 4–1–1 in the SEC).

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendanceSource
September 1412:00 p.m.at North Carolina*No. 12PPVW 23–13
September 217:00 p.m.Colorado State*No. 9
PPVW 17–3
October 57:00 p.m.No. 11 FloridaNo. 8
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA (rivalry)
L 0–2077,598
October 126:00 p.m.at VanderbiltNo. 20PPVW 49–7
October 196:30 p.m.KentuckyNo. 17
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA
ESPNW 10–0[1]
November 211:30 a.m.at Ole MissNo. 16TBSW 14–0
November 92:50 p.m.No. 20 AlabamaNo. 15
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA (rivalry)
ABCT 14–1476,772
November 167:00 p.m.Mississippi StateNo. 19
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA (rivalry)
PPVW 17–15
November 2311:30 a.m.at Notre Dame*No. 17MizlouW 10–759,075
November 307:30 p.m.at Tulane*No. 13PPVW 31–1964,194[2]
December 77:00 p.m.East Carolina*No. 12
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA
PPVW 35–1565,660
December 277:00 p.m.vs. Baylor*No. 12MizlouL 7–2140,186
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

Roster

1985 LSU Tigers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 5 Jeff Wickersham Sr
QB 17 Tommy Hodson Fr
RB 21 Dalton Hilliard Sr
RB 23 Sammy Martin So
RB 33 Garry James Sr
TE 49 Brian Kinchen So
C 56 Nacho Albergamo So
OT 63 Curt Gore Sr
OG 66 Keith Melancon Jr
OT 75 John Hazard Jr
OG 76 Eric Andolsek So
WR 80 Rogie Magee So
WR 82 Wendell Davis So
TE 83 Mitch Andrews Sr
TE 89 Karl Dunbar Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DE 77 Roland Barbay Jr
LB 94 Michael Brooks Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 3 Matt DeFrank So
K 8 Ron Lewis So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster

Rankings

Further information: 1985 NCAA Division I-A football rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. т = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
AP 13 13 12 9 8 8 20 17 18 15 16 19 17 13 12 12 20 
Coaches 11 11 10 9 8 9 19 17 18 15 13 18 17 12 10 10 20

Game summaries

at North Carolina

LSU at North Carolina
1 234Total
No. 12 Tigers 7 637 23
Tar Heels 7 600 13

See also: 1985 North Carolina Tar Heels football team

Dalton Hilliard ran for 2 touchdowns and Ron Lewis kicked a school-record 54-yard field goal.[3]

Colorado State

See also: Colorado State Rams football

Florida

See also: 1985 Florida Gators football team

[4]

at Vanderbilt

See also: 1985 Vanderbilt Commodores football team

Kentucky

See also: 1985 Kentucky Wildcats football team

at Ole Miss

See also: 1985 Ole Miss Rebels football team

Alabama

Alabama at LSU
1 234Total
No. 20 Crimson Tide 7 007 14
No. 15 Tigers 0 0140 14

See also: 1985 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

[5]

Mississippi State

See also: 1985 Mississippi State Bulldogs football team

at Notre Dame

LSU at Notre Dame
1 234Total
No. 17 Tigers 0 307 10
Fighting Irish 7 000 7

See also: 1985 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

[6]

at Tulane

See also: 1985 Tulane Green Wave football team

East Carolina

See also: 1985 East Carolina Pirates football team

vs. Baylor (Liberty Bowl)

Main article: 1985 Liberty Bowl

See also: 1985 Baylor Bears football team

[7]

1986 NFL Draft

Main article: 1986 NFL Draft

Player Position Round Pick NFL club
Garry James Running back 2 29 Detroit Lions
Dalton Hilliard Running back 2 31 New Orleans Saints
Jeff Wickersham Quarterback 10 274 Miami Dolphins

[8]

References

  1. ^ David McCormick (October 20, 1985). "Third-string QB ignites LSU". The Daily Advertiser. Associated Press. p. 17 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ "LSU hard pressed to top Tulane, 31–19". The Shreveport Times. December 1, 1985. Retrieved October 25, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "No. 12 LSU Kicks Aside Heels, 23-13". Asheville Citizen-Times. September 15, 1985. p. 19. Retrieved January 17, 2020.
  4. ^ "FLORIDA ROUTS FLAT LSU, 20-0 GATORS' DEFENSE DOMINATES TIGERS' POTENT GROUND GAME". Orlando Sentinel. October 6, 1985. Retrieved January 17, 2020.
  5. ^ "ALABAMA RALLIES TO TIE L.S.U., 14-14". The New York Times. November 10, 1985. Retrieved January 17, 2020.
  6. ^ "Wickersham Passes LSU to 10-7 Victory Over Irish". Los Angeles Times. November 24, 1985. Retrieved January 17, 2020.
  7. ^ "BAYLOR TOPS L.S.U. IN THE LIBERTY BOWL". The New York Times. December 28, 1985. Retrieved January 17, 2020.
  8. ^ "1986 NFL Draft". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved January 17, 2020.