Those things that cost LSU the most
1. 1979 – Ball
flies through the fingers of Willie "The Blur" Turner in the end zone as he
tries to make the catch and stay in bounds at the backline in the fading
seconds. Had it been caught, the 30-yard rainbow would have meant the difference
between victory and defeat in a memorable 17-12 loss to No. 1-ranked
2. 1971 – Joe
Orduna fumbles at midfield during touchdown-winning drive in 1971 Orange Bowl –
but refs say ball is dead. LSU drops 17-12 decision to national champion
3. 2002 – With a
36-7 lead in hand and the Tigers' first win in The Swamp since 1986, Matt Mauck
severely sprains his ankle trying to run out the clock against
4. 1970 – Tommy
Casanova drops late interception of Joe Theismann in the end zone against No.
2-ranked Notre Dame in
5. 1986 – David Browndyke misses a chip-shot field goal as No. 12 LSU drops 21-19 decision to Ole Miss in Tiger Stadium. The loss to the Rebels was LSU's only in SEC play and denied the Tigers a 10-win season.
6. 1970 – Sophomore cornerback Paul Lyons, playing his first game, goes for the interception instead of the tackle and Texas A&M's Lex James goes 79 yards in the last minute for 20-18 upset of the SEC champion Tigers.
7. 1998 – Freshman
cornerback Robert Davis tipped not one – but two – desperation passes to
8. 1987 – A late
interception in the end zone thrown by Tommy Hodson allows
9. 1967 –
10. 1976 – LSU kicker Mike Conway misses a 44-yard field goal by inches on the last play of the game as No. 1 Nebraska escapes from Tiger Stadium with a 6-6 tie in the 1976 season opener.
1973 – Mike Miley decides to enter the Major League Baseball Draft, leaving the Tigers without a quarterback for the 1974 season. LSU goes 5-5-1 that season.
1997 – Cecil "The Diesel" Collins breaks his leg during a 7-6 win at Vanderbilt. Collins, who had played in just four career games, never again played for LSU.
1937 - Vanderbilt pulls off "hidden ball" trick for only touchdown in 7-6 win over LSU. The Tigers later scopred, but mishandled the extra point try. It proved to be LSU's only loss of the regular season and may have cost the Tigers a national title.