1987 Gator Bowl
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1987 Gator Bowl
1987 Mazda Gator Bowl
1234 Total
South Carolina 3307 13
LSU 14673 30
DateDecember 31, 1987
StadiumGator Bowl Stadium
LocationJacksonville, Florida
MVPWR Wendell Davis, LSU
RB Harold Green, South Carolina
RefereeRobert C. Wood III (ACC)
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersVerne Lundquist, Dick Vermeil

The 1987 Gator Bowl was a college football bowl game between the LSU Tigers and the South Carolina Gamecocks.[1] LSU defeated South Carolina, 30-13.[2]


LSU finished second in the Southeastern Conference (SEC). South Carolina competed as an independent and was tied for fourth-best record among independent schools. [3] The game would be vaunted as a matchup between the "Black Death" defense of SC versus the prolific pro-style LSU offense led by Tommy Hodson at QB and Wendell Davis, one of the best wideouts in all of college football.

Game summary

First Quarter

  • LSU - Wendell Davis, 39-yard pass from Tommy Hodson (David Browndyke kick)
  • LSU - Davis, 12-yard pass from Hodson (Browndyke kick)
  • South Carolina - Collin Mackie, 44-yard field goal

Second Quarter

  • LSU - Browndyke, 27-yard field goal
  • South Carolina - Mackie, 39-yard field goal
  • LSU - Browndyke, 18-yard field goal

Third Quarter

  • LSU - Davis, 25-yard pass from Hodson (Browndyke kick)

Fourth Quarter

  • South Carolina - Harold Green, 10-yard run (Mackie kick)
  • LSU - Browndyke, 23-yard field goal



Statistics LSU South Carolina
First Downs 17 21
Rushing Yards 122 25
Passing Yards 224 304
Total Yards 346 329
Passes (Att-Comp-Int) 32-20-0 47-28-4
Punts-Average 3-37.6 2-40.5
Fumbles-Lost 5-3 2-1
Penalties-Yards 10-107 6-49



  1. ^ "1987 Bowl Games". sports-reference.com. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "Tommy Hodson leads LSU to rout of South Carolina in 1987 Gator Bowl top-10 matchup". nola.com. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Gamecocks, Tigers met in 1987 Gator Bowl". gridironnow.com. Retrieved .
  4. ^ a b "43rd Gator Bowl" (PDF). taxslayerbowl.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-04. Retrieved .

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