The 1959 edition to the Sugar Bowl featured the top-ranked LSU Tigers, and the 12th-ranked Clemson Tigers. This game was one of the classic Sugar Bowl games, as LSU won its first ever national championship.
LSU's first score came in the third quarter, as Heisman Trophy-winner Billy Cannon threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Mickey Mangham as LSU got the go ahead 7–0 score. The defenses from either team did not allow any additional points, as LSU won the game. Cannon was named Sugar Bowl MVP, adding to his accolades.