Peach Bowl Champs: LSU Dominates Miami, 40-3

LSU head coach Les Miles with MVP's Melvin Oliver (90) and Matt Flynn (15)
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ATLANTA -- The 10th-ranked LSU football team scored 40 unanswered points on eight-straight possessions to stun No. 9 Miami (Fla.), 40-3, at the 2005 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

In head coach Les Miles' first season at LSU (11-2), the Tigers evened their all-time bowl record at 18-18-1. Miami fell to 9-3 on the season.

LSU won its fourth Peach Bowl in school history without a loss dating back to 1968.

The Tigers dominated the contest, out-gaining the Hurricanes, 468-153, including 167-3 in the second half.

First-time starting quarterback Matt Flynn earned the game's Offensive Most Outstanding Player honor by completing 13-of-22 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns, while placekicker Chris Jackson made 2-of-3 field goal attempts from 37, 47 and 50 yards and Colt David added another from 35.

LSU defensive end Melvin Oliver was the Defensive MVP.

LSU runningback Joseph Addai rushed 24 times for 130 yards with a 6-yard touchdown run and a 4-yard touchdown reception, moving into fifth place in school history with more than 2,500 career yards and surpassing 1,000 all-purpose yards in the 2005 season.

Receiver Craig Davis reeled in five catches for 99 yards, including 51-yard touchdown pass from Flynn.

Miami won the coin toss and elected to defer to the second half. The Tigers took the ball to open the game.

Though LSU advanced to the Miami 33-yard line, Miami pressure forced consecutive incomplete passes by Flynn and the Tigers settled for a 50-yard field goal attempt. Placekicker Chris Jackson missed the attempt to the left.

On the ensuing possession, Wright drove the Hurricanes to the LSU 4-yardline before throwing an incomplete pass in the end zone. Miami, too, settled for a field goal attempt and Jon Peattie made his 21-yard try.

Miami led, 3-0, with 8:45 to play in the first quarter.

After consecutive punts, the Tigers punt together a 10-play drive that included eight rushes and Jackson hit a 37-yard field goal to tie the game, 3-3, with 58 seconds to play in the quarter.

The field goal started the 20-consecutive points by LSU leading up to the half.

The LSU defense stopped Miami on fourth-and-inches at the LSU 35-yard line, and, four plays later, Flynn found Davis at the goal line for a 51-yard touchdown.

LSU led 10-3 with 11:47 to play in the half.

Miami again advanced to LSU territory, but the drive stalled with another defensive stop on third-and-1.

The Tigers took over at their 14-yard line, and Flynn again led the offense into Miami territory. Despite a 10-yard sack on third down, LSU made a 47-yard field goal and extended the lead to 13-3 with 4:57 left in the half.

Miami went three-and-out on the ensuing possession, allowing LSU to drive 68 yards for another touchdown. This time, Addai took a short pass from Flynn on third-and-3 from the Miami 4 and muscled into the endzone for the score.

LSU led 20-3 at the half.

The Tigers' dominance continued early in the second half, holding Miami to three-and-one in consecutive drives and extending the lead to 34-3 with their fifth and sixth-consecutive scoring drives.

In the first nine-plus minutes of the third quarter, the Tigers out-gained Miami 95-1 and scored on a 6-yard run by Addai and a 1-yard dive by Jacob Hester.

The Tigers' domination resulted in a 34-3 lead with 5:27 to play in the third quarter.

A Colt David career-long field goal of 35 yards gave the Tigers their seventh-straight score on a 37-3 lead with 13:59 to play in the game.

Then, Jackson hit a season-long 50-yard field goal for the eighth-consecutive scoring drive.

LSU vs. Georgia
Dec. 30, 2005 - Georgia Dome (Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl)
Game Notes

Team Notes
1. LSU s game captains are 5 Skyler Green, 10 Joseph Addai, 41 Chris Jackson, 76 Andrew Whitworth  and 95 Kyle Williams.  
2. Miami won the toss and deferred to the second half. LSU received the opening kickoff.
3. Tigers extending their consecutive starts' streak today were: OT Andrew Whitworth (52), FS LaRon Landry (33), DT Kyle Williams (33) and LB Cameron Vaughn (24).
4. With seven red zone conversions tonight (four FGs and 3 TDs), LSU has now been successful on 27 straight trips in the red zone dating back to the Auburn game (20 touchdowns and six field goals).
5. With LSU's victory over No. 9 Miami, the 2005 Tigers have defeated five ranked teams (all five have been ranked in the top 15), tying the program's record set by the 2003 National Championship team with five victories over ranked opponents.
6. With the win, LSU now has 11 wins this season marking the third time in the program's history to reach at least 11 wins. The 1958 team posted an 11-0 record and the 2003 team was 13-1.
7. LSU improved to 4-0 in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.
8. The Tigers improved to 5-1 all-time in games played in the Georgia Dome.
9. LSU's all-time bowl record is now 18-18-1.
10. LSU's margin of victory, 37, is the largest margin of victory by an LSU team in a bowl. The previous margin was 24 in a 34-10 win over Wake Forest in the 1979 Tangerine Bowl (now know as the Capital One Bowl). That game was Charles McClendon's final game as head coach for the Tigers.
11. QB Matt Flynn and DE Melvin Oliver were named Most Valuable Players of the game for their performances.
12. The Tigers finished the game with a season high in rushing yards, tallying 272. LSU's previous high was 194 at Vanderbilt on Oct. 8.

Individual Notes
13. OT Andrew Whitworth started his 52nd straight game in his final game at LSU.
14. QB Matt Flynn made the first start of his career tonight.
a. Flynn's start against No. 9 Miami marked the highest ranked team an LSU QB faced in his first start since Josh Booty started at No. 10 Georgia on Oct. 2, 1999 (A 23-22 Georgia win).
b. Flynn also became the first LSU quarterback to make his first career start in a bowl game.
c. Flynn's two touchdown passes in the game (a 51-yard touchdown pass to Craig Davis with 11:47 left in the second quarter and a 4-yard pass to Joseph Addai with 0:18 left in the second quarter) are the sixth and seventh touchdown passes of the season and seventh and eighth of his career.
d. Of Flynn's eight career touchdowns, five have been from 40 yards or more.
e. Flynn now has two multi-touchdown games in his career. The other was against North Texas (3 TDs) this season.
f. Flynn finished the game with career highs in attempts (22), completions (13) and yards (196).
15. WR Craig Davis pulled in an 18-yard reception with 14:50 left in the first quarter to extend his consecutive games with a reception streak to 23 (games in which he has played).
a. Davis' 51-yard touchdown reception from Matt Flynn with 11:47 left in the second quarter was his second score of the season and the third of his career.
b. The 51-yard reception was also Davis' career-long catch.
c. Davis recorded a career high in receiving yards with 99. His previous best was 97 versus North Texas earlier this season.
16. PK Chris Jackson converted on field goals of 37, 47 and 50 yards tonight, finishing the season with 10 and 26 for his career.
a. Jackson's 47-yard field goal in the second quarter and 50-yard boot in the fourth quarter was his sixth of 40 or more yards this season and 15th of his career from at least that distance.
b. Jackson's 50-yarder was a season high and the longest by an LSU kicker in a bowl game. The previous long was 49 set by Juan Bentanzos versus Nebraska in the 1983 Orange Bowl.
c. Jackson also tied an LSU bowl record with three field goals made. David Browndyke was successful on three tries as well in the 1987 Gator Bowl against South Carolina.
17. With a tackle in the second quarter, DT Kyle Williams extended his tackles in consecutive games streak to 38 straight games.
18. RB Joseph Addai's 7-yard rush late in the second quarter moved the senior past Terry Robiskie into fifth place on LSU's career rushing list. Addai needed 70 yards entering the game and finished with 911 yards on the season and 2,576 in his career.
a. Addai pulled in a 4-yard touchdown reception with 0:18 left in the first half. The receiving touchdown was the first of the season and sixth of his career.
b. With Addai's touchdown reception in the second quarter he moved into fifth-place on LSU's career list for receptions by a running back with 65 catches. He passes Harvey Williams.
c. Addai gained over 100 yards rushing for the fifth time this season and the sixth time in his career, tying him for eighth on LSU's all-time 100-yard rushing games. It was Addai's first 100-yard rushing game since gaining 105 against Auburn on Oct. 22, 2005.
d. Addai rushed for a touchdown from six yards out with 11:54 left in the third quarter. It was his ninth rushing touchdown of the season and 18th of his career.
e. With a receiving and a rushing touchdown in tonight's game, Addai has now scored on the ground and in the air in the same game twice in his career. The other game was against Alabama in 2004.
19. DE Melvin Oliver sacked Miami QB Kyle Wright late in the second quarter for his 21st career sack, moving the senior into a tie for third in LSU's career sack list with Gabe Northern. The career record is 25 by Rydell Malancon.
20. RB/FB Jacob Hester scored his second touchdown of the season and his career on a 1-yard rush with 5:27 left in the third quarter.
     a.  Hester finished with career highs in rushes (13) and rushing yards (70).
21. PK Colt David's 35-yard field goal with 13:59 left in the fourth quarter was the fourth of the season and his career. It also marked the longest of his career. The previous long was 31 against Tennessee.
22. RS/WR Skyler Green finished his career with 1,064 punt return yards after his 46-yard game tonight. He concludes his career as the school's second leading punt returner. Domanick Davis (1999-2002) recorded 1,126 yards for his career.
23. CB Jonathan Zenon's interception with 3:10 left in the fourth quarter was his second of the season. Zenon also picked off a pass versus Ole Miss earlier this season.



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