LSU football to play in Kansas State in the Texas Bowl on Jan. 4
For the 53rd time in program history, LSU football is going to a bowl game.
On Sunday it was announced that LSU (6-6, 3-5 SEC) will play Kansas State (7-5, 4-5 Big 12) in the Texas Bowl on Jan. 4 (8 p.m. CT, ESPN) at NRG Stadium in Houston.
LSU's last bowl game appearance was the 2019 National Championship game when the Tigers captured their fifth national title, defeating Clemson 42-25 in New Orleans. LSU did not appear in a bowl game during the COVID-19 shortened 2020 season, finishing with a 5-5 record.
Tigers offensive line coach Brad Davis will be LSU's interim coach for the bowl game. Brian Kelly was named the coach on Tuesday. Ed Orgeron declined to coach in the bowl game after he reached a separation agreement with LSU in October to finish the season.
The only time the two teams have played was in 1980 when LSU defeated Kansas State 21-0 in Baton Rouge.
This is the second time the Tigers have played in the Texas Bowl. The last time LSU was in the bowl, they beat Texas Tech 56-27 in 2015.
LSU reached bowl eligibility after defeating Texas A&M 27-24 in their last game of the regular season, thanks in large part thanks to a 28-yard touchdown pass from Max Johnson to Jaray Jenkins with 20 seconds left to play.
LSU is 28-23-1 all-time in bowl games.
Kansas State reached bowl eligibility after defeating Kansas in Week 9. The Wildcats ended the regular season with a 22-17 loss to Texas and a fifth place finish in the Big 12 standings.
Their last bowl game appearance was a loss in the Liberty Bowl to Navy in 2019.
The Wildcats last played in the Texas Bowl in 2017, beating Texas A&M 33-28. This will be the third time Kansas State has appeared in the bowl.