The TOP 10: Road Wins

In today's installment of Tiger Rag's Top 10, we bring to you the top "road games" in LSU history. Tomorrow, we spotlight the "toughest losses," the most gut wrenching defeats in Tiger football history.



The best road wins in LSU history


1. 1993 – LSU 17, Alabama 13

LSU's improbable, four-point victory over Alabama in Tuscaloosa was the first over the Tide since 1988. More importantly, the defeat was Alabama's first in 31 games, as the defending national champions hadn't lost since a 35-0 thrashing by Florida in 1991. The win was the biggest of the Curley Hallman era and came two weeks after the Tigers lost to Florida 58-3 at home, the worst loss in school history.


2. 2005 – LSU 34, Arizona State 31

While most of southeast Louisiana and the Mississippi Gulf Coast lay in ruin in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, JaMarcus Russell and the Tigers rallied from a 17-7 fourth quarter deficit to beat Arizona State 34-31 in Tempe. The game was supposed to have been played in Baton Rouge, but the storm forced officials to move the game to Arizona. Russell found Early Doucet on fourth and 10 from 39 yards out with just 1:13 left to play in the game.


3. 1982 – LSU 20, Alabama 10

Legendary coach Paul "Bear" Bryant was a combined 21-4-1 against LSU as the head coach at Kentucky, Texas A&M and Alabama. But the "Bear" lost his last matchup with the Tigers as Jerry Stovall's 1982 club went to Birmingham and upended the 8th-ranked Tide 20-10.


4. 2005 – LSU 16, Alabama 13 (OT)

It's hard to believe, but the 2005 matchup between LSU and Alabama pitted the two highest-ranked teams ever to meet in Bryant-Denny Stadium. The third-ranked Tide held a 10-0 lead over No. 5 LSU at halftime, but the Tigers rallied and forced overtime. JaMarcus Russell then found Dwayne Bowe in the end zone for the game-winning touchdown.


5. 1958 – LSU 7, Miss. State 6

It was no doubt LSU's closest call on its way to the 1958 national championship. Tommy Davis' extra point proved to be the difference that Nov. 15 in Starkville, allowing LSU to remain undefeated. The Tigers clinched the national title the following weekend by beating Tulane 62-0.


6. 1970 – LSU 17, Auburn 9

Charles McClendon and the Tigers staked claim to a 17-9 win over No. 6 Auburn en route to a perfect 5-0 SEC mark and the 1970 SEC Championship.


7. 1949 – LSU 21, Tulane 0

Many old-timers refer to it as the greatest road win ever. Gus Tinsley's 1949 Tigers went to New Orleans and beat defending SEC champion and heavily favored Tulane 21-0. Tinsley called it the greatest effort he had ever seen on a football field.


8. 2003 – LSU 17, Ole Miss 14

Oxford, Miss., had never seen an atmosphere like the one on the afternoon of Nov. 22, 2003. No. 3 LSU fell behind 7-0 in the opening minutes of the game, but the Tigers rallied back to defeat No. 15 Ole Miss 17-14. The win propelled LSU to SEC and national championships.


9. 1962 – LSU 10, Georgia Tech 7

LSU beat then-SEC power Georgia Tech three years in a row, but no win over the Yellow Jackets was bigger than the Tigers' 10-7 victory in Atlanta in 1962.


10. 2006 – LSU 31, Arkansas 26

LSU had no shot at reaching the SEC Championship Game, but the Tigers took great satisfaction in beating SEC West Champion and 5th-ranked Arkansas 31-26 in Little Rock. Trindon Holliday's 94-yard kickoff return set the tone.



Honorable Mention:


1951 – LSU 13, Alabama 7


2006 – LSU 28, Tennessee 24


2002 – LSU 36, Florida 7


2002 – LSU 33, Kentucky 30


1987 – LSU 26, Georgia 23


1945 – LSU 9, Georgia Tech 7

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