LSU 28, South Carolina 12: It was not a game as much as a crusade. In a game he helped schedule while still LSU’s coach, Paul Dietzel returned to Tiger Stadium in his first game at South Carolina. Dietzel had just left Army, which he left LSU for in 1962, leaving behind unrequited passions satisfied by this win.
LSU 30, South Carolina 13: A showdown in the Gator Bowl pitted LSU’s passing duo of Tommy Hodson and Wendell Davis against the No. 8 Gamecocks’ Black Death defense. Hodson and Davis won in a rout, combining for touchdown passes of 39, 12 and 25 yards. The win pushed LSU to No. 5 in the final AP poll and 10-1-1, its most wins and best ranking since 1961.
South Carolina 18, LSU 17: After he threw three pick sixes at Auburn the game before, Jamie Howard was limited to just 7 of 16 passing for 53 yards with two interceptions and two fumbles. Stanley Pritchett’s 1-yard blast on fourth-and-goal was the difference as South Carolina beat LSU for just the second time ever — both by one point.
LSU 33, South Carolina 7: One week after the Tigers offense failed to score in a 19-7 loss to Florida, LSU went to Columbia minus top two rushers Joseph Addai and Shyrone Carey. But freshmen Justin Vincent and Alley Broussard combined for 185 yards rushing and two TDs. The was the turning point for an LSU team that won eight straight en route to the BCS national championship.
LSU 28, South Carolina 16: The Tigers were off to a strong 3-0 start but faced a tricky day game at home against the No. 12 Gamecocks. Tricky was LSU’s game plan as the Tigers called “Red Alert Roxie,” a fake field goal play. Matt Flynn flipped a perfect over the shoulder pass to kicker Colt David as he raced 15 yards untouched for the score.
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