The best plays in LSU history
1. 1959 – Billy Cannon's 89-yard punt return versus Ole Miss
It is the play that will live forever for LSU fans. Billy Cannon's dash to victory that Halloween night in 1959 still remains the single greatest moment in LSU history. From J.C. Politz's immortalized call of the play to longtime Advocate writer Sam King running the final 40 yards alongside Cannon, the run is remembered every year when LSU and Ole Miss renew the annual rivalry. The play all but wrapped up Cannon's bid for the 1959 Heisman Trophy.
2. 2002 – The
It wasn't LSU's best effort, but
head coach Nick Saban said afterwards, "Sometimes you need to get a little
3. 1972 – Turn back the
clock – Jones to
Ole Miss fans still spit in disgust when the game is mentioned; LSU fans smile with glee. Sure it seems impossible to run two plays in four seconds, but that's just what happened in 1972. A Bert Jones pass skipped off the hands of Jimmy Ledoux for what many thought was the final play of the game. But one second remained on the clock, and Jones used it to find Brad Davis for the game-winning score. Rusty Jackson's extra point gave the Tigers a 17-16 win.
4. 2003 – Spears'
interception return versus
It was truly a fitting way to clinch a national championship. LSU had ridden its vaunted defense, which was ranked No. 1 in the nation, all the way to the BCS title game. It seemed appropriate that the defense scored the winning play for a national championship. On the first possession of the second half, All-American Marcus Spears intercepted Heisman Trophy winner Jason White. Spears returned the errant pass 20 yards for the game-clinching touchdown.
5. 1988 – EARTHQUAKE – Hodson to Fuller
In arguably the second-most famous play in LSU history, Tommy Hodson hit Eddie Fuller for a game-winning touchdown against No. 4 Auburn. The play, which triggered a seismograph reading across campus, capped the game that took place on what is now known as "The night the Tigers shook the Earth."
6. 2003 – Mauck to Green
7. 1937 – Kavanaugh's 100-yard fumble return
Ken Kavanaugh grabs a Rice fumble in midair and returns it 100 yards for a touchdown in a 13-0 LSU victory.
8. 1994 – Kennison's
100-yard punt return versus
Eddie Kennison's 100-yard punt
9. 1964 – Ezell to Moreau for two versus Ole Miss
The Tigers and Rebels have hooked up in many down-to-the-wire matchups. One of the greatest games of this half-century was capped off by Billy Ezell's game-winning, two-point conversion pass to Doug Moreau in an 11-10 win in 1964.
10. 2006 – Holliday's
94-yard kickoff return versus
In one of the most impressive
displays of speed in an LSU game, 5-foot-4-inch freshman speedster Trindon Holliday returned a kickoff 94 yards in a 31-26 win over SEC West champion
2001 - Toefield's 74-yard touchdown
2006 – Russell's 58-yard touchdown pass to LaFell versus Notre Dame
1997 – Donaldson's 31-yard
interception return for a touchdown against
2005 – Russell to Doucet on fourth