1968 Peach Bowl: LSU 31, Florida State 27
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Editor's Note: Leading up to the 2008 Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31 in Atlanta, LSUsports.net will take a look back at LSU's four victories in the bowl. LSU has never lost a Chick-fil-A Bowl. Here's a look back at the 1968 Peach Bowl victory over Florida State.
1968 Peach Bowl
LSU 31, Florida State 27
December 30, 1968
Grant Field (35,545)
The inaugural Peach Bowl was meant to be a contrast in offensive styles - LSU's ball control game versus the aerial exploits of Florida State. The fact that the game didn't follow the script was immediately forgotten, as an enthusiastic crowd got caught up in a see-saw battle that turned out to be one of the most exciting postseason games of the 1968 season.
The Tigers fell behind, 13-0, early in the second quarter after turning the ball over on each of their first four possessions. Still, the defense, which held heralded Florida State receiver Ron Sellers to one catch in the opening half, kept the Tigers within striking distance.
The Tigers broke through midway through the second quarter when Craig Burns returned a punt 39 yards for a touchdown to cut the lead to 13-7. Mark Lumpkin booted a 22-yard field goal just before halftime to cut the Tiger deficit to 13-10 heading into the locker room.
LSU took control of the game with its first possession of the second half, driving 51 yards in eight plays, capped by an 11-yard TD pass from Mike Hillman to Bob Hamlett. The Tigers increased their lead to 24-13 moments later when Hillman hit Bill Stober for another 11-yard touchdown pass.
The Seminoles were far from defeated, however. Florida State opened the fourth quarter with a 72-yard drive capped by a two-yard Sellers TD reception to cut the lead to 24-19.
After a failed two-point conversion the tide swung in Florida State's favor again when the Tigers fumbled the ensuing kick, their fourth fumble of the day. The Seminoles followed with another Sellers touchdown and a two-point conversion to give them a 27-24 lead with just over six minutes remaining.
The Tigers responded when Maurice LeBlanc scored on a 2-yard run to cap a nine-play, 61-yard drive that included a 20-yard reception by Tommy Morel on 3rd and 19 to put the Tigers in scoring position.
The game was still not over, however. The Seminoles marched down the field into Tiger territory. Barton Frye solidified the Tiger victory when he knocked down what would have been a game-winning touchdown reception by Sellers, giving the Tigers the ball on downs and allowing them to run out the clock.