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Rowdy Fans Warned at Sugar Bowl

January 2, 2002

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ A few objects were thrown on the field during the Sugar Bowl on Tuesday night, but officials acted quickly to make sure things didn’t get out of hand.

After Louisiana State’s first two scores, fans in one of the Superdome end zones threw a cup and a bottle on the field, sparking warnings from the stadium announcer and referee Steve Usechek.

``If you throw things on the field, you’ll be taken to the biggest hotel in town, parish prison,″ announcer Jerry Romig warned the crowd. ``Please stop it.″

There were no further incidents as No. 12 LSU beat No. 7 Illinois 47-34.

On Dec. 18, 13 people were arrested on a variety of charges after they threw bottles and debris on the Superdome field after a call they disagreed with during the New Orleans Saints’ 34-21 loss to the St. Louis Rams. Fifteen others were ejected.

After LSU scored in the first quarter someone hurled a cup to the field. When LSU scored a second time early in the second quarter, a beer bottle was thrown from the same area into the end zone.

That sent Usechek to the Tigers’ sideline, where he talked with coach Nick Saban. Saban then used Usechek’s microphone to address the crowd.

``The next time somebody throws a bottle or something out of the stands, our team is going to get penalized,″ Saban said. ``I appreciate your support, but support our team.″

A line of ushers then stood facing both end zones. Nothing was thrown when LSU scored again a few minutes later.

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