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Wondering what would happen if LSU and USC played for the undisputed national championship? You're not alone. So, we asked WhatIfSports.com to simulate a national title game based on the Tigers and Trojans statistics in 2003. The results were close. After simulating 50 games, LSU came out on top, winning 52 percent of the time, while 60 percent of the games were decided by seven points or less. The average score was LSU 24, USC 21.

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 Sugar Bowl
LSU fights off Oklahoma to win the National Championship.
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 National Champions
Nick Saban talks to ABC's Lynn Swann after LSU's Sugar Bowl win.
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RECAP| GAMECAST
Final 1st 2nd 3rd 4th T  
USC (1) 7 10 0 0 17  
LSU (2) 0 6 0 14 20


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Scoring Summary
1st Quarter Score
3:50 TD USC
MIKE WILLIAMS 3 YD PASS FROM MATT LEINART (RYAN KILLEEN KICK)
Drive info: 7 plays, 56 yards
7-0, USC
2nd Quarter Score
7:04 TD USC
REGGIE BUSH 76 YD RUN (RYAN KILLEEN KICK)
Drive info: 5 plays, 90 yards
14-0, USC
1:37 TD LSU
MICHAEL CLAYTON 36 YD PASS FROM MATT MAUCK (RYAN GAUDET MISSED PAT)
Drive info: 1 play, 36 yards
14-6, USC
0:22 FG USC
RYAN KILLEEN 22 YD FG
Drive info: 13 plays, 69 yards
17-6, USC
3rd Quarter Score
NO SCORING
4th QuarterScore
13:21 TD LSU
SKYLER GREEN 54 YD PASS FROM MATT MAUCK (MICHAEL CLAYTON 2 YD PASS FOR 2 PT CONVERSION)
Drive info: 3 plays, 68 yards
17-14, USC
10:58 FG LSU
RYAN GAUDET 25 YD FG
Drive info: 7 plays, 34 yards
17-17
3:51 FG LSU
RYAN GAUDET 34 YD FG
Drive info: 7 plays, 37 yards
20-17, LSU

Team Statistics
  USCLSU
TOTAL FIRST DOWNS16 19
Passing 910
Rushing78
Penalty0 1
3rd-Down Efficiency 4-203-18
4th-Down Efficiency 0-10-0
 
NET YARDS RUSHING205 179
Rushes 3545
Average per rush5.9 4.0
 
NET YARDS PASSING177 288
Completion-attempted 16-3918-35
Sacked-yards lost 4-182-15
Had intercepted 0 1
 
TIME OF POSSESSION29:01 30:59
 


Passing
USCCMP ATT YDS TD INT
Matt Leinart 1639 1771 0
LSUCMP ATT YDS TD INT
Matt Mauck 1835 2882 1

Rushing
USCATT YDS TD
Reggie Bush 81191
Hershel Dennis 12460
LenDale White 10350
Mike Williams 130
Keary Colbert 120
Matt Leinart 300
LSUATT YDS TD
Justin Vincent 20105 0
Joseph Addai 1644 0
Skyler Green 2150
Matt Mauck 5100
Michael Clayton 250

Receiving
USCREC YDS TD
Keary Colbert 8940
Mike Williams 5641
LenDale White 2110
Gregg Guenther Jr. 180
LSUREC YDS TD
Michael Clayton 71041
Devery Henderson 4670
Skyler Green 2651
Eric Edwards 4390
Joseph Addai 1130


Interceptions
USCINT YDS
Jason Leach13
LSUINT YDS
NONE

 

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