New Orleans, LA (UHND.com) – For weeks the media led us all to believe Notre Dame didn’t belong on the same field as LSU in the Sugar Bowl. Wednesday night LSU proved all those in the media right with a 41-14 thrashing of the Irish for Notre Dame’s record ninth consecutive bowl loss.
LSU jumped to an early 7-0 lead after Charlie Weis called a fake punt on Notre Dame’s first possession that failed; setting the Tigers up with excellent field position. LSU capitalized two plays later with a Keiland Williams four yard touchdown run.
The Tigers didn’t take too long to respond with an 11 yard touchdown pass from JaMarcus Russell touchdown pass to Dwayne Bowe on the Tigers next drive to give LSU a 14-0 lead.
Notre Dame would battle back in the first half though. Brady Quinn connected with David Grimes on a great connection in the second quarter for a first quarter touchdown to put the Irish back in the game.
Carl Gioia would go on to miss a field goal in the second quarter before Quinn connected with Jeff Samardzija for a 10 yard touchdown with just over two minutes to go to tie the game. Russell would not go down quietly in the first half however.
Russell would answer the Irish touchdown with a five yard rushing touchdown of his own just before the half ended to give LSU a 21-14 lead at half time.
In the second half LSU dominated the Irish and scored 20 unanswered points en route to a 41-14 win.
Notre Dame never seriously threatened LSU in the second half with it’s offense thoroughly confused through most of the final two quarters.
Darius Walker ran for 127 yards in the fist half, but did not add to his total in the second half with LSU dictating the pace of the game.
The loss is Notre Dame’s record ninth straight bowl loss and the third BCS loss for the Irish in as many tries.
Charlie Weis’s record in bowl games drops to 0-2 after last year’s 34-20 loss to Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl.