Sugar Bowl News and Notes

By Adam Caparell - January 04, 2007

NEW ORLEANS - It was a decidedly pro-LSU crowd in the Superdome. Even before kickoff, the Tigers fans were deafening with their chants and boos, especially when the Irish came onto the field to warmup. Entire sections of the stadium were filled with purple and yellow with some spare Notre Dame. The Superdome was packed to capacity with an announced crowd of 77, 781, the fourth largest crowd for the Sugar Bowl since 1984.

After playing last year’s game in Atlanta because of the damage sustained during Hurricane Katrina, the Sugar Bowl returned home to New Orleans and the Superdome.

The building underwent the biggest rebuilding project of any American stadium in history that began March 1, 2006. The total cost of the project was $185 million - $56 million of which were spent on repairs and improvements.

The Sugar Bowl extended its lease with the Superdome through 2014.

- New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin was introduced before the game and was loudly booed. Saints coach Sean Payton, on the other hand, got a rousing ovation when he was shown on the big screen shortly after Nagin.

- Notable last college games included Notre Dame’s Brady Quinn, Jeff Samardzija, Rhema McKnight and Tom Zbikowski. LSU’s LaRon Landry and Chase Pittman have played their last game for the Tigers.

- Dwayne Bowe set a new LSU record catching his 12th TD pass of the season.

- Brady Quinn threw his 95th TD for in the game, leaving him tied for 7th on the all-time list.

- The Irish extended their bowl losing streak to nine straight. They haven’t won a bowl game since 1994 Cotton Bowl. Charlie Weis is now 0-2 in bowl games and Notre has never beaten LSU in two bowl meetings.

- Three of the 5 first half TD drives were for 8 plays and 80 yards.

- LSU is now 3-0 in BCS bowl games. Each win has come in the Sugar Bowl (2002 vs. Illinois and 2003’s national championship win over Oklahoma).

- The Tigers had 577 yards of total offense on the night, their highest output on the season, surpassing the mark they set against Kentucky Oct. 14 (546).

- A “Saban Sucks” chant from the LSU fans made an appearance late in the fourth quarter. But he wasn’t on the mind of the Tigers after the game.

Glenn Dorsey said the news of Saban’s hiring by Alabama earlier in the day was barely mentioned among the team.

Coach Les Miles wanted nothing to do with Alabama on this night.

“I don’t give any thoughts to Alabama after a great victory,” Miles said. “I don’t want to give much thought to any school that has a red in their color or an ‘A’ to start and is in the distant area, irrespective of their coach.”

Posted by Adam Caparell at 02:16 AM on January 04, 2007

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