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Posted Dec 14, 2006


2007 Allstate Sugar Bowl Player Profile, History & More



Notre Dame (10-2) vs. LSU (10-2)

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Sugar Bowl History
2006 West Virginia 38, Georgia 35
2005 Auburn 16, Virginia Tech 13
2004 LSU 21, Oklahoma 14
2003 Georgia 26, Florida State 13
2002 LSU 47, Illinois 34
2001 Miami 37, Florida 20
2000 Florida St 46, Virginia Tech 29
1999 Ohio State 24, Texas A&M 14
1998 Florida State 31, Ohio State 14
1997 Florida 52, Florida State 20
1995 Virginia Tech 28, Texas 10
1995 Florida State 23, Florida 17
1994 Florida 41, West Virginia 7
1993 Alabama 34, Miami (Fla.) 13
1992 Notre Dame 39, Florida 28
1991 Tennessee 23, Virginia 22
1990 Miami 33, Alabama 25
1989 Florida State 13, Auburn 7
1988 Auburn 16, Syracuse 16
1987 Nebraska 30, LSU 15
1986 Tennessee 35, Miami 7
1985 Nebraska 28, LSU 10
1984 Auburn 9, Michigan 7
1983 Penn State 27, Georgia 23
1982 Pittsburgh 24, Georgia 20
1981 Georgia 17, Notre Dame 10
1980 Alabama 24, Arkansas 9
1979 Alabama 14, Penn State 7
1978 Alabama 35, Ohio State 6
1977 Pittsburgh 27, Georgia 3
1975 Alabama 13, Penn State 6
1974 Nebraska 13, Florida 10
1973 Notre Dame 24, Alabama 23
1972 Oklahoma 40, Auburn 22
1972 Oklahoma 14, Penn State 0
1971 Tennessee 34, Air Force 13
1970 Mississippi 27, Arkansas 22
1969 Arkansas 16, Georgia 2
1968 LSU 20, Wyoming 13
1967 Alabama 34, Nebraska 7
1966 Missouri 20, Florida 18
1965 LSU 13, Syracuse 10
1964 Alabama 12, Mississippi 7
1963 Mississippi 17, Arkansas 3
1962 Alabama 10, Arkansas 3
1961 Mississippi 14, Rice 6
1960 Mississippi 21, LSU 0
1959 LSU 7, Clemson 0
1958 Mississippi 39, Texas 7
1957 Baylor 13, Tennessee 7
1956 Georgia Tech 7, Pittsburgh 0
1955 Navy 21, Mississippi 0
1954 Georgia Tech 42, W Virginia 19
1953 Georgia Tech 24, Mississippi 7
1952 Maryland 28, Tennessee 13
1951 Kentucky 13, Oklahoma 7
1950 Oklahoma 35, LSU 0
1949 Oklahoma 14, North Carolina 6
1948 Texas 27, Alabama 7
1947 Georgia 20, North Carolina 10
1946 Oklahoma State 33, St Mary's (Colorado) 13
1945 Duke 29, Alabama 26
1944 Georgia Tech 20, Tulsa 18
1943 Tennessee 14, Tulsa 7
1942 Fordham 2, Missouri 0
1941 Boston Coll 19, Tennessee 13
1940 Texas A&M 14, Tulane 13
1939 TCU 15, Carnegie Mellon 7
1938 Santa Clara 6, LSU 0
1937 Santa Clara 21, LSU 14
1936 TCU 3, LSU 2
1935 Tulane 20, Temple 14

By Richard Cirminiello

Sugar Bowl Player Profile
TE John Carlson, Notre Dame – Since 1973, eight Notre Dame tight ends have been named All-America and four of those players went on to become first-round NFL draft choices.  So when Carlson, an unknown outside South Bend before 2006, was faced with supplanting Anthony Fasano, all he had to do was channel a few Irish greats, such as Dave Casper, Mark Bavaro and Ken McAfee.  Whatever he’s doing, it’s working.  One year after catching just seven passes as Fasano’s understudy, Carlson has arrived with 46 receptions for 621 yards and four touchdowns, despite missing almost a quarter of the season with a knee injury.  Had he not gotten hurt in the Nov. 11 win at Air Force, the Mackey Award finalist might have beaten out Minnesota’s Matt Spaeth for the honor and definitely would have smashed McAfee’s single-season school record for catches by a tight end .  Carlson is running again in practice and expects to be ready for the Sugar Bowl, good news for an offense that missed one of its favorite targets down the stretch.  At 6-6 and 250 pounds, he’s got the potential to be an asset in the running game, but also harbors all the athletic ability to continue progressing as an outstanding downfield pass-catcher.  When defenses play a Cover 2, there isn’t a linebacker in America that can handle his combination of size and speed.  In high school, he averaged a double-double in hoops and was a member of the Litchfield (Minn.) High tennis team.  Like most Irish players, Carlson is also community-minded and versatile between the ears, sporting a nifty 3.59 GPA, en route to being named a first-team Academic All-American.  He’s a senior with another year of eligibility remaining, but even if he opts for the NFL in 2007, Carlson has done enough in his lone year as the starter to solidify Notre Dame’s status as Tight End U.          
Best Irish Bowl Moment – As hard as it is to imagine, the Irish haven’t won a bowl game in 12 years, losing its last eight postseason games.  Prior to that futile streak, however, it had plenty of huge victories in the 1970s and 1980s.  In particular, the 1973 Sugar Bowl, pitting No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Notre Dame, lived up to the billing as the game of the century.  In a thriller that featured six lead changes, the Irish won the game 24-23 and the national championship with an 11-0 record.

Best Tiger Bowl Moment – Look no further than the 2004 Sugar Bowl, a more-dominant-than-the-score-indicated 21-14 win over Oklahoma, which gave LSU a share of its first national championship in 45 years.  The Tigers harassed Heisman winner Jason White from the opening drive, getting just enough of an offensive spark from freshman back Justin Vincent to pull off the mild upset in the Superdome.

Notre Dame's best win ... Notre Dame 41 ... Penn State 17
Notre Dame's offense put up 397 yards and took advantage of every opportunity to blow out Penn State in a game that wasn't as close as the final score might indicate. The Irish scored the first 27 points highlighted by two Brady Quinn touchdown passes and a 25-yard Tom Zbikowski fumble return for a score. Quinn connected with Darius Walker for a 15-yard score and Travis Thomas ran for a one-yard touchdown after running 43 yards on a fake punt. The Nittany Lions scored 14 points in the final six minutes on a two-yard Deon Butler touchdown catch and a five-yard Daryll Clark run.

Notre Dame's worst loss ... Michigan 47 ... Notre Dame 21
Michigan's defense held Notre Dame to 245 yards and picked off Brady Quinn three times with a 31-yard Preston Burgess pick six kicking off the scoring. The Irish soon responded with a three-yard Ashley McConnell touchdown catch following an interception by Chinedum Ndukwe, but the roof soon caved in as Michigan went on a 27-point run on three Mario Manningham touchdown catches and a two-yard Mike Hart touchdown run. The Wolverine D sealed the blowout with a 54-yard fumble return for a score by LaMarr Woodley. Jeff Samardzija and Rhema McKnight each caught a touchdown pass, but they came way too late.


LSU's best win ...
LSU 31 ... Arkansas 26
In a wild fourth quarter stretch, LSU increased its lead to 24-12 on a seven-yard touchdown catch from Early Doucet only to see Darren McFadden take the next play from scrimmage 80 yards for a score. Just when it seemed like Arkansas had all the momentum, Trindon Holliday returned the ensuing kickoff for a score. Arkansas was able to get within six on a Felix Jones five-yard touchdown run, but failed on its final drive when Casey Dick misfired on four straight passes. Arkansas ran for 298 yards and three touchdowns along with a 21-yard Marcus Monk touchdown catch, but the lack of a consistent passing game proved to be the downfall. JaMarcus Russell threw two touchdown passes for the Tigers highlighted by a 47-yard play to Craig Davis in the second quarter.

LSU's worst loss ...
Florida 23 ... LSU 10
Florida overcame a 7-0 deficit with 23 straight points highlighted by a funky one-yard jump pass from Tim Tebow to Tate Casey with :22 left in the first half. Tebow ran for a one-yard score and threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Louis Murphy for the offensive points, and then the defense and special teams came through as LSU combusted. Early Doucet fumbled the second half kickoff on the three and got dropped for a safety, there was a fumbled snap on the one-yard line, had a punt blocked and fumbled a punt. The Tigers only managed a 45-yard Colt David field goal in the second half.

2006 Sugar Bowl
West Virginia 38 ... Georgia 35

West Virginia got out to a shocking 28-0 lead early in the second quarter highlighted by Steve Slaton touchdown runs from 52 and 18 yards, along with a touchdown run and catch from Darius Reynaud, but Georgia slowly crept back with a 34-yard touchdown run from Kregg Lumpkin, a 52-yard scoring dash from Thomas Brown, and a four-yard Leonard Pope touchdown catch to cut the lead to 31-21 at halftime. Georgia got the passing game going in the second half with a 34-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Bryant and a 43-yard scoring play to Bryan McClendon, but a second 52-yard touchdown run from Slaton midway through the fourth quarter proved to be the difference. The Dawg defense apparently had West Virginia stopped with just under two minutes to play, but a fake punt kept the final drive alive and allowed the Mountaineers to seal the win. West Virginia outgained Georgia 382 rushing yards to 224, and didn't commit a turnover while the Dawgs gave away three.
Player of the game: West Virginia RB Steve Slaton ran 26 times for 204 yards and three touchdowns.
Stat Leaders: West Virginia - Passing: Pat White, 11-14, 120 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Steve Slaton, 26-204, 3 TD Receiving: Darius Reynaud, 6-48, 1 TD
Georgia - Passing: D.J. Shockley, 20-33, 277 yds, 3 TD
Rushing:
Thomas Brown, 9-78, 1 TD Receiving: Leonard Pope, 6-50, 1 TD


Notre Dame Bowl History (13-14)
2005 Fiesta Ohio State 34, Notre Dame 20
2004 Insight Oregon State 38, Notre Dame 21
2002 Gator NC State 28, Notre Dame 6
2000 Fiesta Oregon State 41, Notre Dame 9
1998 Gator Georgia Tech 35, Notre Dame 28
1997 Indep. LSU 27, Notre Dame 9
1995 Orange Florida State 31, Notre Dame 26
1994 Fiesta Colorado 41, Notre Dame 21
1993 Cotton Notre Dame 24, Texas A&M 21
1992 Cotton Notre Dame 28, Texas A&M 3
1991 Sugar Notre Dame 39, Florida 28
1990 Orange Colorado 10, Notre Dame 9
1989 Orange Notre Dame 21, Colorado 6
1988 Fiesta Notre Dame 34, West Virginia 21
1987 Cotton Texas A&M 35, Notre Dame 10
1984 Aloha SMU 27, Notre Dame 20
1983 Liberty Notre Dame 19, Boston Coll 18
1980 Sugar Georgia 17, Notre Dame 10
1978 Cotton Notre Dame 35, Houston 34
1977 Cotton Notre Dame 38, Texas 10
1976 Gator Notre Dame 20, Penn State 9
1974 Orange Notre Dame 13, Alabama 11
1973 Sugar Notre Dame 24, Alabama 23
1972 Orange Nebraska 40, Notre Dame 6
1970 Cotton Notre Dame 24, Texas 11
1969 Cotton Texas 21, Notre Dame 17
1924 Rose Notre Dame 27, Stanford 10
LSU Bowl History (18-18-1)
2005 Peach LSU 40, Miami 3
2004 Capital One Iowa 30, LSU 25
2003 Sugar LSU 21, Oklahoma 14
2002 Cotton Texas 35, LSU 20
2001 Sugar LSU 47, Illinois 34
2000 Peach LSU 28, Georgia Tech 14
1997 Independence LSU 27, Notre Dame 9
1996 Peach LSU 10, Clemson 7
1995 Independence LSU 45, Michigan State 26
1988 Hall of Fame Syracuse 23, LSU 10
1987 Gator LSU 30, South Carolina 13
1986 Sugar Nebraska 30, LSU 15
1985 Liberty Baylor 21, LSU 7
1984 Sugar Nebraska 28, LSU 10
1982 Orange Nebraska 21, LSU 20
1979 Tangerine LSU 34, Wake Forest 10
1978 Liberty Missouri 20, LSU 15
1977 Sun Stanford 24, LSU 14
1973 Orange Penn State 16, LSU 9
1972 Astro-Bluebonnet Tennessee 24, LSU 17
1971 Sun LSU 33, Iowa State 15
1970 Orange Nebraska 17, LSU 12
1968 Peach LSU 31, Florida State 27
1967 Sugar LSU 20, Wyoming 13
1965 Cotton LSU 14, Arkansas 7
1964 Sugar LSU 13, Syracuse 10
1963 Astro-Bluebonnet Baylor 14, LSU 7
1962 Cotton LSU 13, Texas 0
1961 Orange LSU 25, Colorado 7
1959 Sugar Mississippi 21, LSU 0
1958 Sugar LSU 7, Clemson 0
1949 Sugar Oklahoma 35, LSU 0
1946 Cotton LSU 0, Arkansas 0
1943 Orange LSU 19, Texas A&M 14
1937 Sugar Santa Clara 6, LSU 0
1936 Sugar Santa Clara 21, LSU 14
1935 Sugar TCU 3, LSU 2