THE TOP 10: Worst Losses

In today's installment of Tiger Rag's Top 10, we spotlight the top 10 worst losses. These are those losses you'd rather forget about. Monday, we highlight the worst calls (cue up the 2006 Auburn game) in LSU history.


Those losses that are better off forgotten


1. 1993 – Florida 58, LSU 3

This one has to be No. 1. It's the worst loss in LSU history. With Steve Spurrier at the controls of Florida's pass-happy offense, the Gators ran up the score on helpless LSU and beat the Tigers 58-3 in Death Valley. By game's end, Baton Rouge was engulfed in a torrential downpour and Tiger Stadium was near empty, all while a national television audience watched on ESPN. It was no doubt the darkest day in LSU history.


2. 2000 – UAB 13, LSU 10

The Nick Saban era got off to a shaky start, especially when the Tigers stumbled badly in a 13-10 loss to Alabama-Birmingham on Sept. 23, 2000. A critical Josh Booty interception led to a late field goal by the Blazers as a packed Tiger Stadium sat stunned.


3. 1988 – Miami (FL) 44, LSU 3

Just how good was Miami during the 1980s? In Nov. 1988, recently crowned SEC champion LSU hosted the No. 3 ranked Hurricanes. Mike Archer's Tigers came out on the wrong end of a 44-3 rout, and things were never the same for LSU under Archer.


4. 1986 – Miami (Ohio) 21, LSU 12

Fresh off a 35-17 rout of No. 7 Texas A&M in the 1986 season opener, LSU expected to fatten up on the likes of Miami (Ohio). The gag was on the Tigers when the Red Hawks took advantage of a sloppy field and defeated No. 8 LSU 21-12.


5. 1994 – Southern Miss 20, LSU 18

    1999 – Houston 20, LSU 7

These two games are historically significant due to the fact they both ended coaching stints of two Tiger head coaches. LSU's 1994 loss to Southern Miss was enough to send Curley Hallman packing, especially since Hallman had come to Baton Rouge from USM. The Tigers' 20-7 loss to Houston in 1999 capped off the longest losing streak in school history (nine games) and led to the termination of Gerry DiNardo two days later.


6. 1973 – Tulane 14, LSU 0

    1981 – Tulane 48, LSU 7

Two of the ugliest losses to long-time rival Tulane came in 1973 and 1981. On Dec.1, 1973, No. 8 LSU went to New Orleans and returned with a 14-0 loss to a mediocre Green Wave squad. In 1981, Jerry Stovall saw a miserable 3-7-1 season capped off with an embarrassing 48-7 defeat to the Greenies. It was the worst loss to Tulane since a 46-0 defeat in 1948.


7. 2002 – Alabama 31, LSU 0

Not only did Alabama dominate LSU on the football field 31-0, Alabama coach Dennis Francione dressed down Tiger coach Nick Saban at the 50-yard line following the contest for alleged comments Saban made about the Tide. The remarks had appeared on the Internet during the week and were later proved to be fabricated.


8. 1999 – Auburn 41, LSU 7

While Gerry DiNardo was most likely headed out the door anyway, the Tigers' 41-7 loss to Auburn in 1999 truly was the beginning of the bitter end for DiNardo. That loss sparked a nine-game losing streak, the longest in school history.


9. 1992 – Colorado State 17, LSU 14

The second of eight straight losses in 1992, the Tigers dropped an embarrassing 17-14 loss to Colorado State in Tiger Stadium.


10. 1977 – Indiana 24, LSU 21

The Tigers looked to open a prosperous 1977 season with a dismantling of Big 10 doormat Indiana. Things didn't go quite according to plan, as the Hoosiers nipped LSU 24-21. Can you name the coach of that Indiana team? You guessed it – Lee Corso.


Dishonorable Mention:

2001 – Florida 44, LSU 15

2004 – Georgia 45, LSU 16

1990 – Vanderbilt 24, LSU 21

1996 – Florida 56, LSU 13

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