THE TOP 10: Best games vs. Ole Miss

When compiling the list of top games in LSU history, it was hard to overlook the fact that so many of the Tigers greatest games came against Ole Miss. Even while the Tigers have dominated the series in recent years, the games have still been close. Here is our listing of top games against Johnny Reb.



The best games ever against the Rebels


1. 1959 – LSU 7, Ole Miss 3 – The granddaddy of them all, No. 1 LSU's 7-3 win over Ole Miss still remains the greatest single game in Tiger football history. Billy Cannon's 89-yard punt return for a touchdown and a historic goal-line stand in the end kept defending national champion LSU's 17-game winning streak in tact. The game-winning punt return for a touchdown plus his part in the game-saving tackle all but assured Cannon of the Heisman Trophy.


2. 1972 – LSU 17, Ole Miss 16 – For years there was a sign on the Louisiana-Mississippi border that read, "You are now entering Louisiana, turn your watch back one second." Bert Jones' last-second touchdown pass to Brad Davis capped an improbable comeback that triggered a raucous celebration in Tiger Stadium. There was controversy surrounding the clock operator, as LSU was able to get off two plays in the final four seconds of play.


3. 2003 – LSU 17, Ole Miss 14 – It is considered the biggest game in the history of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. No. 3 LSU held on to beat 15th-ranked Ole Miss 17-14 and pave LSU's way to an SEC and national championship. After falling behind 7-0, LSU rallied for a 17-7 fourth quarter lead and withstood a rally by Eli Manning and Co. to win by three.


4. 1970 – LSU 61, Ole Miss 17 – In 1969, the Tigers watched their national title hopes slip away when Archie Manning and the Ole Miss Rebels nipped LSU 26-23 in Oxford. The Tigers exerted a little payback in 1970 when LSU trounced the Rebels 61-17 before a national television audience on ABC. The Tigers rout of Ole Miss inspired the song "Archie Who?"


5. 1964 – LSU 11, Ole Miss 10 – In another game that went down to the wire, LSU snatched victory from the jaws of defeat when Billy Ezell hit Doug Moreau for the game-winning, two-point conversion as the Tigers beat Ole Miss 11-10 in 1964.


6. 1958 – LSU 14, Ole Miss 0 – Fresh off a 10-7 win over Florida – a win which placed LSU in the No. 1 spot – the Tigers knocked off No. 6 Ole Miss 14-0 for a key victory en route to the national championship.


7. 1977 – LSU 28, Ole Miss 21 – It still remains the biggest comeback in LSU football history. The Tigers trailed 21-0 before rallying for 28 unanswered points to stake claim to a 28-21 win in Jackson.


8. 2006 – LSU 23, Ole Miss 20 (OT) – LSU looked to be doomed to defeat against a weak Ole Miss team before JaMarcus Russell rallied the Tigers from a 20-7 fourth quarter deficit with a pair of late touchdown passes to force overtime. Colt David's 26-yard field goal saved the day for LSU in the first extra period.


9. 2004 – LSU 27, Ole Miss 24 – In a game that never seemed as close as the final score, Alley Broussard set the school's single-game rushing record running for 250 yards as LSU slipped past the Rebels 27-24.


10. 2002 – LSU 14, Ole Miss 13 – Still smarting from a 31-0 loss to Alabama the week prior, LSU nipped Ole Miss 14-13 when Marcus Randall connected with Michael Clayton in the game's waning moments for the game-winning touchdown.



Honorable Mention:

1941 – Ole Miss 13, LSU 12

1947 – Ole Miss 20, LSU 18

1957 – Ole Miss 14, LSU 12

1971 – Ole Miss 24, LSU 22

1973 – LSU 51, Ole Miss 14

1986 – Ole Miss 21, LSU 19

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