Battle for the Rag

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Battle for the Rag
Louisiana State University (block logo).svg Tulane Green Wave Wordmark.png
LSU Tigers Tulane Green Wave

Sport(s) Football
Total meetings 98
Series record LSU leads 69-22-7
(67-24-7 on the field)
First meeting November 25, 1893
Tulane 34, LSU 0
Last meeting October 31, 2009
LSU 42, Tulane 0
Next meeting -
Largest win LSU, 62-0 (1958)
Longest win streak LSU, 18 (1983-present)
Current win streak LSU, 18
Trophy Tiger Rag/Victory Flag

The Battle for the Rag is an American college football rivalry game played by the LSU Tigers football team of Louisiana State University and the Tulane Green Wave football team of Tulane University. The game was played nearly every year since its inception in 1893, with the last of ninety-eight games being played in 2009.

The "Rag"[edit]

The 1914 0-0 tie between the teams
The December 1973 matchup at Tulane Stadium

The winner is awarded a satin trophy flag known as the Tiger Rag at LSU and the Victory Flag at Tulane. The flag is divided diagonally, with the logos of each school placed on opposite sides and the Seal of Louisiana in the center. LSU's name for the flag comes from the popular tune Tiger Rag, one of LSU's many fight songs.

The original flag was created in 1940 to foster good sportsmanship, most likely in response to growing tension between fans of the two teams that eventually escalated into a riot after Tulane's victory in 1938. It is believed that this flag was destroyed in a 1982 fire at Tulane's University Center.[1] In 2001, LSU and Tulane worked together to create a reconstruction of the rag based upon archived photographs.

2006 series renewal[edit]

In 2006 the rivalry was officially renewed, returning to yearly play for the first time since 1994. The teams began play that year and continued until 2009, when it was announced that LSU would pay Tulane $700,000 to void the final six years of the home-and-home series. LSU held that it would stand to benefit only if the remaining games were all played in Baton Rouge. Not wanting to give up its home games, Tulane agreed to end the series early, though the teams did agree to play one future game in New Orleans.[2][3]

Game results[edit]

LSU victories are shaded ██ purple. Tulane victories are shaded ██ green. Ties are white. Forfeits are shaded ██ gray.

Records table source: College Football Data Warehouse.[4]
† LSU was declared the winner by forfeit in the 1896 and 1901 games. The score for each game prior to a forfeit declaration was: 1896-Tulane 2, LSU 0, and 1901-Tulane 22, LSU 0. Official scores subsequent to the forfeitures are listed in the table.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Tiger Rag: Rekindling a Rivalry and Returning a Tradition". Retrieved 2008-06-29. 
  2. ^ "LSU pays Tulane to end series early". 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  3. ^ "LSU, Tulane in discussions to play each other in football in 2013". Retrieved 2012-09-06. 
  4. ^ College Football Data Warehouse, Louisiana State vs Tulane. Retrieved November 24, 2011.

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