This Day In Sports History (January 4th) – LSU Tigers

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It was on this day in 2004 that the Sugar Bowl took place at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The LSU Tigers defeated the Oklahoma Sooners 21-14 to capture the university’s second BCS National Championship.

Both teams entered the game with identical 12-1 records and were thought by many to be very evenly matched.  LSU got out to an early 7-0 lead when wide receiver Skyler Green scored on a 24-yard touchdown run.  Oklahoma would tie the game quickly, but that was followed by a 16-yard touchdown run from Tigers’ running back Justin Vincent, which gave LSU the 14-7 halftime lead. Marcus Spears doubled the Tigers’ lead with a 20-yard interception return, and while the Sooners’ Kejuan Jones would add one more score, by then it was too late.

Justin Vincent would go on to be named the Most Valuable Player of the game.  Vincent went undrafted and although he has been signed to a few NFL practice squads, he has yet to appear in an NFL game.

Here is the final play of the game.

Notable Birthdays

Ted Lilly, MLB – Born January 4th 1976 (age 37) in Lomita, California

Al Jefferson, NBA – Born January 4th 1985 (age 28) in Monticello, Mississippi

Steve Slaton, NFL – Born January 4th 1986 (age 27) in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania

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