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Sugar Bowl second-worst rated BCS title game

Posted: Tuesday January 6, 2004 5:29PM; Updated: Tuesday January 6, 2004 5:29PM
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Sugar Bowl
SI.com's Stewart Mandel
If the Trojans represented L.A. glitz, then the Tigers were Bayou blue collar in beating the Sooners in the Sugar Bowl.
Closer Look
Nick Saban showed why he deserves the huge raise that is coming his way after winning the national title.
Spotlight
HERO: LSU defense
The Tigers held the top-ranked Sooners offense to 154 total yards, only 52 on the ground. LSU had five sacks and forced two interceptions that led to touchdowns.
GOAT: Jason White
The Heisman winner flopped in the big game, completing only 13-of-37 passes and tossing two picks, one of which was returned for the game-deciding touchdown.
Rose Bowl
SI.com's Stewart Mandel
It may not have been USC's typical blowout, but after watching the Trojans manhandle Michigan, AP voters will have no trouble justifying their opinion.
Spotlight
HERO: Keary Colbert
Overshadowed by All-American Mike Williams the entire season, the senior WR caught six passes for 149 yards and two touchdowns in his final collegiate game.
GOAT: Michigan's O-Line
The same bunch who plowed over Ohio State couldn't get the job done against USC, as John Navarre was sacked nine times and Chris Perry ran for just 85 yards.
BCS Recap
Sugar: LSU 21, Oklahoma 14
Rose: USC 28, Michigan 14
Orange: Miami 16, Florida St. 14
Fiesta: Ohio State 35, Kansas State 28
2003-04 bowls schedule and results

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Sugar Bowl drew the second-worst national TV rating for a BCS championship game.

ABC Sports' telecast of LSU's 21-14 victory over Oklahoma on Sunday night got a 14.8 rating and 23 share. That ranks fifth of the six Bowl Championship series national title games.

The only lower rating was the 13.8 with a 22 share for the 2002 Rose Bowl, when Miami beat Nebraska 37-14.

Last season, Ohio State's double overtime victory over Miami in the Fiesta Bowl got a 17.2/29.

The rating is the percentage of all homes with TVs, whether or not they are in use. Each rating point represents a little more than 1 million TV homes.

Copyright 2003 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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