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
1. 1993 – LSU 17,
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,
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
3. 1982 – LSU 20,
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
upended the 8th-ranked Tide 20-10.
4. 2005 – LSU 16,
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
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
6. 1970 – LSU 17,
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
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
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,
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
1951 – LSU 13, Alabama 7
2006 – LSU 28, Tennessee 24
2002 – LSU 36, Florida 7
2002 – LSU 33, Kentucky 30
1987 – LSU 26, Georgia
1945 – LSU 9, Georgia Tech