This is the third installment of our Tiger Rag Top 10. Today we focus at the "Best Games" in LSU history. However, this list contains the best games not played against Ole Miss. Tomorrow, we feature the Top 10 games played against the Rebels.
The best games in LSU history not
played against Ole Miss
1. 1997 – LSU 28, Florida
21 – While some old timers may disagree, anyone who was in Tiger
Stadium for LSU's 28-21 triumph over No. 1 Florida will say it tops the list.
For the first time in school history, the Tigers beat the No. 1 ranked team in
the country. LSU used a swarming defense in shutting down defending national
champion Florida's passing attack. The seven-point
defeat was the first for then-Florida coach Steve Spurrier versus LSU. Until
then, the former Heisman Trophy winner was perfect against LSU: 3-0 as a player
and 7-0 as a coach. Quarterback Herb Tyler rushed for a pair of touchdowns and
Cedric Donaldson picked off two Doug Johnson passes, one of which he returned 31
yards for a touchdown. The loss snapped Florida's 25-game SEC winning streak, a run
that included 13 straight SEC road victories.
2. 1966 – LSU 14, Arkansas
7 – A game truly considered one of the best ever in LSU history, the
Tigers' 14-7 triumph over defending national champion Arkansas in the 1966
Cotton Bowl truly withstands the test of time. LSU's seven-point victory over
No. 2 Arkansas snapped the Razorbacks' 22-game winning streak and dashed the
Hawgs' hopes of repeating as champions. Joe LaBruzzo rushed for both Tiger
touchdowns and Pat Screen directed the offense in place of injured quarterback
Nelson Stokley as LSU finished No. 8 in the final AP poll.
3. 2003 – LSU 21,
Oklahoma 14 – Despite bitter
controversy, No. 2 ranked LSU battered top-ranked Oklahoma in the BCS
National Championship Game in the Sugar Bowl 21-14. BCS No. 3 Southern
California felt they should have been in the title game considering the Sooners
didn't even win their own conference. USC staked claim to half the national
title by defeating Michigan in the Rose Bowl. LSU, led by
freshman Justin Vincent and a swarming defense, brutalized Heisman Trophy winner
Jason White and held the Sooners' high-powered offense in check most of the
4. 1949 – LSU 21, Tulane 0
– Those who were there swear it was the greatest game in LSU history.
Over half a century ago, heavy underdog LSU went into Tulane Stadium and blanked
defending SEC champion Tulane 21-0. The No. 10 Green Wave had no answer for Gus
Tinsley's Tigers as the victory propelled LSU to a Sugar Bowl berth versus
5. 1988 – LSU 7, Auburn 6
– Voice of the Tigers Jim Hawthorne recalls LSU's 7-6 win over
Auburn in 1988
as uneventful. But it is the ending of that game on Oct. 8, 1988, that further
enhanced the mystique of a night game in Tiger Stadium. Tommy Hodson's
last-second pass to Eddie Fuller not only gave LSU a win over No. 4 Auburn, but
it provided one of the most notable pieces of Tiger lore. At the very moment of
Fuller's reception, a seismograph across campus registered. From then on, that
game has been – and forever will be – referred to as the "Earthquake
6. 2003 – LSU 17, Georgia
10 – No doubt one of the top few day games in Tiger Stadium history,
the Tigers' 17-10 win over No. 7 Georgia on Sept. 20, 2003, provided the
springboard for LSU's national championship run. The Tigers clung to a 10-3 lead
late in the fourth quarter. But Georgia's David Greene responded with
a 93-yard touchdown pass to tie the game. LSU quarterback Matt Mauck answered
with 34-yard touchdown pass to Skyler Green for the late lead. Corey Webster's
last-second interception sealed the win for LSU.
7. 1979 – USC 17, LSU 12
– No doubt one of the greatest games in LSU history, despite the fact
LSU lost the game. No. 1 USC escaped Death
Valley with a 17-12 win, a victory many felt was aided by generous
officials. The Tigers led 12-10 late in the game when LSU was flagged for a late
face mask that kept the Trojans' game-winning drive alive. Paul McDonald hit
Kevin Williams for the go-ahead score, capping off a day when future Heisman
Trophy winner Charles White ran for 185 yards. LSU had one last chance in the
end, but David Woodley's pass skipped off the fingertips of Willie Turner and
the Tigers were left wondering what if.
8. 1982 – LSU 20,
– Bear Bryant's curtain call versus LSU wasn't a memorable one for the
Tide. The Tigers went into Legion Field and handed the retiring Bryant and his
8th-ranked Crimson Tide a 20-10 defeat. The loss was one of only four
for Bryant against LSU as Alabama's coach. Bryant lost his Crimson Tide
debut versus LSU 13-3 in 1958, the year the Tigers won the national
9. 1970 – Notre Dame 3, LSU
0 – A billboard was erected following LSU's 3-0 loss to top-ranked
Notre Dame at South
Bend in 1970. The sign read, "If Notre Dame is No. 1,
then LSU is 1A." Tommy Casanova dropped an interception in the end zone allowing
the then-second-ranked Fighting Irish to kick the winning field goal.
10. 1993 – LSU 17,
– No doubt the most improbable LSU victory in history. A mediocre Tiger
team surely was expected to be lambs to the slaughter for defending national
champion Alabama. But when the dust settled, LSU came
out on top beating No. 3 Alabama 17-13 and giving coach Curley Hallman the
greatest win of his four-year tenure in Baton Rouge.
1949 – LSU 13, North Carolina
1959 – LSU 7, Clemson 0
1962 – LSU 14, Texas 0
1970 – Nebraska 17, LSU
1982 – LSU 55, Florida State 21
2001 – LSU 31, Tennessee 20
2002 – LSU 33, Kentucky 30
2006 – LSU 31, Arkansas 26
football historian and former Times-Picayune sports writer Marty Mule'
makes his picks)
1. LSU 14, Arkansas 7 -
1966 Cotton Bowl.
2. Southern Cal 17, LSU 12
– 1979, no Tiger team ever played more to its fullest capability than
against All-World Trojans.
3. LSU 14, Ole Miss 0
– 1958, centerpiece game in unbeaten, No. 1 season.
4. LSU 21, Tulane 0
- 1949, Gus Tinsley, who played, coached or witnessed Tiger games from
the 1930s to the turn of the 21st Century maintained no LSU team ever
performed better against a superior opponent.
5. LSU 13, North Carolina 7
– 1949, Tigers slow down Choo-Choo Justice and end ACC champion Tar
Heels' 20-game victory streak on wet field on sunny day. Said to be the biggest
game in Tiger Stadium until the 1958 Ole Miss game.
6. LSU 17, Georgia 10
– 2003, late victory put LSU in position for BCS national
7. LSU 20, Alabama 10 –
1982, LSU beats Bear Bryant for the first time in 12 seasons in the biggest
10-point rout ever.
8. LSU 21, Auburn 20
– 1969, LSU gives the Sullivan-Beasley combo a dose of reality in one
of the great games of Tiger Stadium lore – and in the day, at that.