THE TOP 10: The Plays

In today's installment of Tiger Rag's Top 10, we take a look at the best "plays" in LSU football history.



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 Bluegrass Miracle

It wasn't LSU's best effort, but head coach Nick Saban said afterwards, "Sometimes you need to get a little lucky." As Kentucky players and fans celebrated what should have been a 30-27 win over No. 16 LSU, Marcus Randall and the Tigers had other plans. With two seconds remaining, Randall heaved up a prayer. Downfield, the ball was tipped several times before Devery Henderson snared the bounding ball and danced into the end zone 75 yards later. The play later won an ESPY and was voted one of college football's greatest plays ever.


3. 1972 – Turn back the clock – Jones to Davis

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 Oklahoma

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 versus Georgia 

Matt Mauck's last-minute touchdown pass to Skyler Green gave LSU a 17-10 win in an epic battle with Georgia and paved the way to a national title run.


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 Miss. State

Eddie Kennison's 100-yard punt return versus Miss. State remains an SEC record. Kennison fielded the punt, backtracked 5 yards into the end zone, then headed up the east sideline. A monstrous block by Pat Rogers sprung Kennison as LSU rolled 44-24.


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 Arkansas

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 Arkansas in War Memorial Stadium.



Honorable Mention:

2001 - Toefield's 74-yard touchdown run versus Tennessee, with stiff-arm

2006 – Russell's 58-yard touchdown pass to LaFell versus Notre Dame

1997 – Donaldson's 31-yard interception return for a touchdown against Florida

2005 – Russell to Doucet on fourth down at Arizona State


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