2005 LSU Tigers football team

2005 LSU Tigers football
SEC Western Division co-champion
Peach Bowl champion
Peach Bowl, W 40–3 vs. Miami (FL)
Conference Southeastern Conference
Division Western Division
Coaches No. 5
AP No. 6
2005 record 11–2 (7–1 SEC)
Head coach Les Miles (1st year)
Offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher (6th year)
Offensive scheme Pro-style
Defensive coordinator Bo Pelini (1st year)
Base defense 4–3
Home stadium Tiger Stadium
(Capacity: 91,600)
2005 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#10 Georgia x$   6 2         10 3  
South Carolina   5 3         7 5  
#12 Florida   5 3         9 3  
Vanderbilt   3 5         5 6  
Tennessee   3 5         5 6  
Kentucky   2 6         3 8  
Western Division
#5 LSU xy   7 1         11 2  
#14 Auburn x   7 1         9 3  
#8 Alabama   6 2         10 2  
Arkansas   2 6         4 7  
Mississippi State   1 7         3 8  
Ole Miss   1 7         3 8  
Championship: Georgia 34, LSU 14
  • $ BCS representative as conference champion
  • x Division champion/co-champions
  • y Championship game participant
  • Alabama had all victories vacated by the NCAA in 2010. As such, the official record for Alabama is 0–2 (0–2).
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2005 LSU Tigers football team represented Louisiana State University in the 2005 NCAA Division I-A football season. Coached by Les Miles in his first season at LSU, the Tigers played their home games at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Despite all of the distractions from Hurricane Katrina, LSU finished its season with an 11–2 record capped off by a 40–3 victory over No. 9 Miami in the 2005 Peach Bowl without starting quarterback JaMarcus Russell.

LSU's season open against No. 15 Arizona State was originally scheduled as home game for the Tigers, but when LSU offered hurricane victims refuge on their campus, the NCAA moved the game to Tempe, Arizona. Things looked bleak for the Tigers early in the fourth quarter against Arizona State when they trailed 17–7. Then LSU's special teams blocked two kicks, a 47-yard field goal attempt and a punt, returning both for TDs to give LSU a 21–17 lead. However, Arizona State regained the lead at 31–28 with four minutes left in the game. LSU started with the ball on their own 9-yard line. Nine plays later, LSU found themselves in a fourth down situation on the Arizona State 39-yard line where JaMarcus Russell threw a 39-yard TD to Early Doucet to take a 35–31 lead. Arizona State tried their own game-winning drive, but they were stopped on downs inside the Tigers' 30-yard line.

LSU's first home game came on prime time against No. 10 Tennessee. The game was moved from Saturday to Monday, September 26 because of Hurricane Rita. LSU had a huge lead at halftime, but the lead slipped away and the Tigers lost the game in overtime.

On October 15, LSU faced No. 11 Florida. Late in the third quarter, the Gators went up 17–14. Then, early in the fourth quarter JaMarcus Russell led the Tigers on a 12-play, 75-yard drive, capped by a 3-yard TD run by Joseph Addai, which put the Tigers up 21–17. LSU's defense took over from there, holding Florida to less than 30 yards the rest of the fourth quarter.

On October 22, LSU squared off against No. 16 Auburn. With just under five minutes left in the game, Auburn took a 17–14 lead. LSU responded by driving down to the Auburn 27-yard line, setting up a 44-yard field goal attempt by Chris Jackson. The kick was good, and the game went to overtime. LSU took the first possession and Chris Jackson made a 30-yard field goal to put LSU up 20–17. LSU's defense forced Auburn settle for a 39-yard field goal attempt by John Vaughn. Vaughn's kick hit the left upright, giving LSU the victory.

On November 12, LSU went to Tuscaloosa to play undefeated No. 4 Alabama. At halftime, Alabama led 10–0, but the Tigers came back in the third quarter to tie the game 10–10. After the Tigers missed three second half field goal attempts, the game went to overtime. In overtime, the Tiger defense held Alabama to a field goal. During LSU's ensuing possession, JaMarcus Russell hit Dwayne Bowe for an 11-yard TD pass, giving LSU a 16–13 victory.


Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 10 8:15 pm No. 15 Arizona State* No. 5 Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ ESPN W 35–31   63,210
September 26 6:30 pm No. 10 Tennessee No. 4 Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA ESPN2 L 27–30 OT  91,986
October 1 1:30 pm at Mississippi State No. 4 Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, MS (Rivalry) PPV W 37–7   48,344
October 8 6:00 pm at Vanderbilt No. 11 Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN ESPN2 W 34–6   37,309
October 15 2:30 pm No. 11 Florida No. 10 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA (Rivalry) CBS W 21–17   92,402
October 22 6:45 pm No. 16 Auburn No. 7 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA (Tiger Bowl) ESPN W 20–17 OT  92,664
October 29 7:00 pm North Texas* No. 7 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA PPV W 56–3   92,143
November 5 7:00 pm Appalachian State*dagger No. 6 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA W 24–0   91,414
November 12 2:30 pm at No. 4 Alabama No. 5 Bryant–Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL (Rivalry) CBS W 16–13 OT  81,018
November 19 6:45 pm at Ole Miss No. 4 Vaught–Hemingway StadiumOxford, MS (Magnolia Bowl) ESPN2 W 40–7   59,543
November 25 1:30 pm Arkansas No. 3 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA (Battle for the Golden Boot) CBS W 19–17   91,606
December 3 5:00 pm vs. No. 13 Georgia No. 3 Georgia DomeAtlanta, GA (SEC Championship Game) CBS L 14–34   73,717
December 30 6:30 pm vs. No. 9 Miami (FL)* No. 10 Georgia Dome • Atlanta, GA (Peach Bowl) ESPN W 40–3   65,620
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Standard Time.

Game notes


#11 Florida at #10 LSU
1 234Total
Florida 0 7100 17
LSU 14 007 21

LSU Tigers in the 2006 National Football League Draft

Player Position Round Pick Overall NFL Team
Joseph Addai Running Back 1 30 30 Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Whitworth Offensive Tackle 2 23 55 Cincinnati Bengals
Claude Wroten Defensive Tackle 3 4 68 St. Louis Rams
Skyler Green Wide Receiver 4 28 125 Dallas Cowboys
Kyle Williams Defensive Tackle 5 1 134 Buffalo Bills
Melvin Oliver Defensive End 6 28 197 San Francisco 49ers
Bennie Brazell Wide Receiver 7 23 231 Cincinnati Bengals


LSU Tigers in the 2006 Canadian Football League Draft

Player Position Round Pick Overall CFL Team
Peter Dyakowski Offensive Tackle 2 3 11 Hamilton Tiger-Cats



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