LSU is off for the second time in the past three weeks as the Tigers prepare for Johnny Manziel and the Texas A&M Aggies, so with no game to prepare for on Saturday, let’s take a trip down memory lane and revisit a game that happened on this date in LSU history 10 years ago.
Nov. 15, 2003 at Bryant-Denny Stadium. No. 2 LSU at Alabama
LSU 27-Alabama 3
Quarterback Matt Mauck, defensive lineman Chad Lavalais and LSU dominated their SEC west brethren as the Tigers improved to 9-1 on the year and handed Alabama their seventh loss to guarantee them of their third losing season in the past seven years. Alabama had just one losing season in the previous 40 as the Tigers handed Alabama their fifth loss at Bryant-Denny in Shula’s first season.
The defense led by Lavalais that night was ferocious as they limited Alabama to only 219 yards on offense with only 65 on the ground. Alabama has just one first down until the final minute of the first half when they picked up two before a Lavalais interception. They were 2-16 on third down, 1-3 on fourth down and missed a field goal on the night.
Alabama was able to avoid the shutout with 6:39 left to play, but that was kind of a weak move to not go for the touchdown from the 10-yard line trailing by 27 if you ask me.
Mauck tossed two touchdown passes with one going to Michael Clayton and the other Eric Edwards as Alley Broussard and Justin Vincent combined to rush for 162 yards on 27 carries and a touchdown as Alabama had no answer for Nick Saban’s team.
LSU would go on to win their final four games, including the 2004 Nokia Sugar Bowl over No. 1 Oklahoma and their Heisman trophy winning quarterback, Jason White who was suffocated by the No. 1 LSU defense. White threw for only 102 yards, threw two interceptions (Marcus Spears ran one back for a 20-yard TD) and was sacked seven times.
This was LSU’s second national title in program history and the first since 1958 led by Billy Cannon who won the Heisman the next season and coached by Paul Dietzel.