Syracuse jumped on top following a 23-yard Smith field goal, taking a 3–0 lead. When Syracuse got the ball next, LSU's defense forced a safety, making it 3–2. Syracuse's Clarke returned a blocked punt 28 yards for a touchdown, as Syracuse led 10–2. In the third quarter, LSU quarterback Ezell threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Doug Moreau, tying the game at 10. In the fourth quarter, Moreau kicked the winning 28-yard field goal, as LSU won 13–10. Moreau was named Sugar Bowl MVP.