TOP 10: Bad Breaks

In today's installment of Tiger Rag's Top 10, we rank the most memorable "bad breaks" in LSU history. Tomorrow, we highlight the best bowl victories.



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 Southern Cal.


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 Nebraska.


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 Florida. At the time, LSU was 5-1 and ranked No. 10 in the nation. The Tigers lost five of the next eight games and finished outside the top 25.


4. 1970 – Tommy Casanova drops late interception of Joe Theismann in the end zone against No. 2-ranked Notre Dame in South Bend in 1970. Given new life, Notre Dame kicks a field goal to beat the Tigers 3-0 in an awesome football display.


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 Alabama receivers for touchdowns in a 22-16 loss to the Crimson Tide. LSU led 16-7 going into the final quarter, but Alabama quarterback Andrew Zow threw two TD passes, both of which were assisted by Davis. In order to get the second score, the Tide had to recover an onside kick, the first by Bama in 15 years.


8. 1987 – A late interception in the end zone thrown by Tommy Hodson allows Ohio State to escape Tiger Stadium with 13-13 tie.


9. 1967 – Alabama quarterback Kenny Stabler fumbles into the end zone where LSU recovers, but refs say ball is dead. The Tide eventually scores and comes away with a 7-6 victory.


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.



Dishonorable Mention


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.

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