2007 Allstate Sugar Bowl
BCS Bowl Game
73rd Sugar Bowl
1234 Total
Notre Dame 7700 14
LSU 147137 41
DateJanuary 3, 2007
Season2006
StadiumLouisiana Superdome
LocationNew Orleans, Louisiana
MVPLSU QB JaMarcus Russell
FavoriteLSU by 8½
National anthemIrvin Mayfield
RefereeTom Walker (Big XII)
Halftime showLSU and Notre Dame Marching Bands
Attendance77,781
United States TV coverage
NetworkFOX
AnnouncersKenny Albert, Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long
Nielsen ratings9.3[1]
Sugar Bowl
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The 2007 Allstate Sugar Bowl was a college football bowl game, which formed part of the 2006–2007 Bowl Championship Series (BCS) of the 2006 NCAA Division I FBS football season. Played on January 3, 2007, in the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, it was the 73rd Sugar Bowl. The game matched the Notre Dame Fighting Irish against the LSU Tigers and was televised on Fox.

This game received extra attention because it was the return of the Sugar Bowl to New Orleans. In 2006, the game was played at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia due to the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina to the Superdome (that game also featured a virtual "home" team, the Georgia Bulldogs). LSU won the 2007 contest 41–14, tying the Notre Dame-LSU series at 5–5 (with LSU taking a 2–0 lead in bowl game meetings).

With the loss, Notre Dame lost a record-setting nine bowl games in a row,[2] including losing their three BCS bowl games by wide point margins.[2]

Teams

Notre Dame

Main article: 2006 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

Notre Dame, a Division I FBS independent, finished the regular season at 10–2. The Fighting Irish entered the season ranked at no. 2 in the AP Poll before losing 21–47 to no. 11 Michigan in week three. The team won its next eight games, reaching no. 6 in the AP Poll, but lost the regular season finale 24–44 to no. 3 USC. The Fighting Irish entered the Sugar Bowl ranked no. 11 in all three polls.

LSU

Main article: 2006 LSU Tigers football team

LSU, from the Southeastern Conference (SEC), finished the regular season at 10–2. The Tigers entered the season ranked at no. 8 in the AP Poll before losing 3–7 to no. 3 Auburn in week three. The team won its next two games before losing to no. 5 Florida 10–23. The Tigers won their next six games, including victories over no. 8 Tennessee and no. 5 Arkansas. LSU entered the Sugar Bowl ranked no. 4 in all three polls.

Game summary

2007 Allstate Sugar Bowl
1 2 34Total
No. 11 Notre Dame 7 7 0014
No. 4 LSU 14 7 13741

at Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, Louisiana

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • ND – Jeff Samardzija 10-yard pass from Brady Quinn (Carl Gioia kick), 2:25. Tied 14–14. Drive: 8 plays, 80 yards, 2:39.
  • LSU – JaMarcus Russell 5-yard run (Colt David kick), 1:15. Tigers 21–14. Drive: 5 plays, 82 yards, 1:10.
Third quarter
  • LSU – Colt David 26-yard field goal, 9:34. Tigers 24–14. Drive: 13 plays, 73 yards, 5:26.
  • LSU – Colt David 37-yard field goal, 3:49. Tigers 27–14. Drive: 9 plays, 59 yards, 4:06.
  • LSU – Brandon LaFell 58-yard pass from JaMarcus Russell (Colt David kick), 1:26. Tigers 34–14. Drive: 5 plays, 73 yards, 1:38.
Fourth quarter
  • LSU – Keiland Williams 20-yard run (Colt David kick), 7:27. Tigers 41–14. Drive: 9 plays, 76 yards, 4:11.

Statistics

Statistics ND LSU
First downs 17 31
Plays–yards 66–291 71–577
Rushes–yards 31–143 37–245
Passing yards 158 345
Passing: comp–att–int 15–35–2 21–34–1
Time of possession 28:14 31:46
Team Category Player Statistics
Notre Dame Passing Brady Quinn 15/35, 148 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing Darius Walker 22 rushes, 128 yards
Receiving Jeff Samardzija 8 receptions, 59 yards, TD
LSU Passing JaMarcus Russell 21/34, 332 yards, 2 TD, INT
Rushing Keiland Williams 14 rushes, 107 yards, 2 TD
Receiving Early Doucet 8 receptions, 115 yards

References

  1. ^ Sugar Bowl Sweet for FOX Wednesday - Chicago Tribune, January 4, 2007
  2. ^ a b "Irish Fall In Sugar Bowl". UND.com. January 4, 2007. Archived from the original on September 10, 2007. Retrieved November 13, 2007.