THE TOP 10: Best Individual Performances

In today's installment of Tiger Rag's Top 10, we spotlight the top "single game individual performances."





The best performances in a single game


1. 2001 – Rohan Davey versus Alabama

To put things in perspective, JaMarcus Russell's career-high passing performance was 332 yards versus Notre Dame in last year's Sugar Bowl. On Nov. 3, 2001, Rohan Davey eclipsed that total early in the second half. Davey completed 34 of 44 passes for 528 yards and two touchdowns as LSU rolled over Alabama 35-21. LSU amassed 611 yards of total offense, which remains the most yards ever allowed by Alabama in a single game. Davey's 528 yards ranks second all-time in a single game in conference history and is tied for the most yards ever thrown for in a single SEC game.


2. 1959 – Billy Cannon versus Ole Miss

Billy Cannon's historic punt return for a touchdown in a 7-3 win over Ole Miss on Halloween Night 1959 is widely regarded as one of the most famous in SEC history. But what many people forget is his tackle on Jake Gibbs on fourth and goal from the 2 in the final seconds of the game. Cannon, along with Warren Rabb, stopped Gibbs in his tracks to preserve the win and extend LSU's winning streak to 17 games.


3. 1996 – Kevin Faulk versus Houston

In one of the most impressive performances in SEC history, Kevin Faulk rushed for a then-school record 246 yards on 21 carries with a pair of touchdowns, one of which covered 80 yards. He also brought back a punt 78 yards for another score. Faulk's efforts helped LSU rally from a 20-point, 34-14 fourth quarter deficit and defeat Houston 36-35. In all, Faulk gained 376 all-purpose yards, including 106 on punt returns, 16 on kickoff returns, and 8 receiving yards to go along with his 246 yards rushing.


4. 2001 – Josh Reed versus Alabama

Josh Reed played a large role in Rohan Davey's 528-yard performance at Alabama in 2001. Reed hauled in 19 catches for 293 yards and a touchdown. His performance set SEC records for both catches and yardage. He was named National Player of the Week for his efforts.


5. 1997 – Cecil Collins versus Auburn

A performance that some call the most amazing in LSU history, Cecil Collins ran 27 times for 232 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Tigers lost the game 31-28 in the closing minutes. Two weeks later, Collins' career came to an abrupt end with a broken leg. He never played another down for LSU.


6. 1977 – Carlos Carson versus Rice

Carlos Carson found his way into the LSU record book on Sept. 24, 1977, when he caught five passes for 201 yards in a 77-0 rout of helpless Rice. The unique thing was all five of Carson's catches went for touchdowns.


7. 2003 – Justin Vincent versus Georgia

Justin Vincent enjoyed the best game of his career on one of the biggest stages. The freshman Vincent rushed 18 times for 201 yards as LSU hammered Georgia 34-13 in the 2003 SEC Championship Game.


8. 1971 – Andy Hamilton versus Notre Dame

In a rematch of Notre Dame's 3-0 win over LSU in 1970, Andy Hamilton hauled in seven catches for 153 yards and three touchdowns as the Tigers routed the Irish 28-8. The 20-point win, considered one of the greatest night games in LSU history, marked the Tigers first-ever win over Notre Dame.


9. 1982 – Al Richardson versus South Carolina

All-American Al Richardson set a school record with 19 total tackles in a 14-6 win over South Carolina.


10. 1939 – Kavanaugh goes wild versus Holy Cross

Ken Kavanaugh scores four touchdowns against Holy Cross in a 26-7 LSU upset of Holy Cross.    


Honorable Mention:

2004 – Alley Broussard versus Ole Miss – Set school rushing record with 250 yards

1959 – Max Fugler versus Ole Miss – Four tackles inside 2-yard line in epic 7-3 game

2001 – Rohan Davey versus Illinois – 31-of -53, 444 yards, three TDs

1986 – Wendell Davis versus Ole Miss – 14 catches, 208 yards, three TDs

2001 – Josh Reed versus Illinois – 13 catches, 239 yards, three TDs in Sugar Bowl rout

2002 – Corey Webster versus Florida – Two picks, one for a score in 36-7 rout

1970 – Ronnie Estay versus Notre Dame - 17 tackles against the Irish

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