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A Brief History of LSU vs. Oklahoma Matchups

A Brief History of LSU vs. Oklahoma Matchups

A Brief History of LSU vs. Oklahoma Matchups

The Peach Bowl marks the third meeting between LSU and Oklahoma. In addition to being for the chance to play for the national championship, the game will be a rubber match for the two schools. Here is a brief history of their two meetings.

Oklahoma 35, LSU 0

Jan. 2, 1950 – New Orleans

Led by third-year head coach Bud Wilkinson, the Sooners entered the Sugar Bowl riding a 20-game winning streak. The Tigers were 8-2 and ranked ninth in the country. Before the game, former LSU lineman Walt "Piggy" Barnes was caught spying on Oklahoma’s practices with a telescope and movie film camera. Any intel he uncovered did not benefit the Tigers. If anything, it only angered the Sooners. After a scoreless first quarter, Oklahoma methodically ran the ball down LSU’s throat to a 35-0 win. It remains the biggest beatdown in Sugar Bowl history.

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LSU 21, Oklahoma 14

Jan. 4, 2004 – New Orleans

The Bowl Championship Series (BCS) did not work as it was supposed to in 2003. The Tigers finished the regular season No. 2 in both the AP and Coaches Polls behind USC. However, the BCS rankings had LSU and Oklahoma — who Kansas State whipped 35-7 in the Big 12 Championship Game — holding the top spots. USC played in the Rose Bowl and beat Michigan to win the AP title and LSU and Oklahoma played for the BCS title in the Sugar Bowl. In the Big Easy, the Tigers’ top-ranked defense held Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jason White and the Sooners' "scorch the Earth" offense in check to give Nick Saban his first national title.

— Written by Aaron Tallent, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Tallent is a writer whose articles have appeared in The Sweet Science, FOX Sports’ Outkick the Coverage, Liberty Island and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronTallent.

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