In today's installment of Tiger Rag's Top 10, we look at the most memorable "bad calls" in LSU history. Tomorrow, we focus on "bonehead bloopers."
The worst calls by officials
for or against LSU
1. 1979 – Phantom Facemask
In the waning moments of USC's
17-12 win over LSU, the Trojans got the benefit of a generous facemask call from
the officials that kept the drive alive. The top-ranked Trojans went on to score
the game-winning touchdown. Tailback Charles White won the Heisman Trophy, and
USC eventually was named the national champion. Many LSU fans still swear it was
the greatest game in the history of Tiger Stadium.
2. 2006 – Pass Interference
waved off against Auburn
The call is still being discussed
on Internet message boards. Pictures of the non-pass-interference call remain on
Web sites to this day. In the final minutes of LSU's 7-3 loss to Auburn in 2006, it looked like the Tigers were headed for
the winning score when wide receiver Early Doucet was held badly in the
Auburn secondary on fourth down. But after a
brief discussion by the officials, the refs picked up the flag and awarded
possession to Auburn. LSU did get the ball back, but came up
just short of the goal line on the final play.
3. 2004 – Ronnie Prude
flagged for leverage against Auburn
Two years earlier, a call by the
officials proved to be LSU's downfall. Auburn tied the score 9-9 on a late pass from
Jason Campbell to Courtney Taylor. But kicker John Vaughn missed the ensuing
extra point. As LSU celebrated, an official dropped a late flag saying Ronnie
Prude came over the top of the line and hit the long snapper. Vaughn got another
chance and banged home the game-winning extra point, snapping defending national
champion LSU's 10-game winning streak.
4. 1970 – Orduna ruled down
by contact, negating crucial fumble for Nebraska
Nebraska running back Joe Orduna appeared to
have fumbled the ball near midfield in the closing minutes of the 1971 Orange
Bowl. However, officials said he was down and awarded the top-ranked Cornhuskers
possession. Nebraska ended up scoring on the drive and the
No. 1 Huskers held off surging LSU 17-12.
5. 1959 – Cannon's
two-point run ruled short of the goal line, winning streak
LSU and Tennessee fans alike felt
Billy Cannon crossed the goal line, but the official said he was just short.
the No. 1 Tigers, snapping LSU's 19-game winning streak. To this day, Cannon
swears he was in the end zone.
6. 1968 – Chain gang gaffe
Chain gang misses a Miss. State down near the LSU goal. State ends
up kicking a field goal instead of scoring a touchdown in a 20-16 LSU
7. 2000 – First-ever
instant replay in Tiger Stadium
While officials discussed a
possible illegal hit made on LSU return man Domanick Davis, they seemed to have
forgotten who had possession. When referee Steve Landis awarded possession to
Alabama saying Davis had fumbled, LSU players began pointing
to Tiger Stadium's replay screens. Landis glanced up at the screen, determined
LSU had possession, and made the correct call. LSU went on to win the game
30-28, the Tigers' first win over Alabama in
8. 1999 – Miss. State awarded late, controversial
It seems almost ironic that LSU had
its worst team in years in 1999, while Miss. State had one of its best ever. However,
the Bulldogs needed help from the officials on a late touchdown run by Rod
Gibson to steal a 17-16 win over LSU.
9. 2004 – Corey Webster
interception against Alabama
While the Tigers benefited from
this bad call, most everyone will agree Corey Webster knocked down an Alabama wide receiver in
the end zone and came up with the pick. The Tide was about to make it a 17-6
game, but Webster's interception turned the momentum of the game. LSU won
10. 2006 – Replay reverses
Hester catchThere were plenty of
questionable calls on that day in Auburn. While no call will ever overshadow the
controversial pass-interference call, an instant replay reversal of a Jacob Hester reception on fourth and one, deep in Auburn territory, could have
changed the early momentum of the game.