We'll be talking about the finish of the LSU-Kentucky game for generations to come. Marcus Randall's desperation toss to Devery Henderson that resulted in a 75-yard game-winning touchdown joins a list of memorable Tiger moments that remain etched in the memories of the fans who were there to witness them:
Billy Cannon's 89-yard TD punt return in a 7-3 win against Ole Miss in 1959.
Bert Jones' last-second scoring pass to Brad Davis to beat the Rebels, 17-16, in 1972.
Anthony Wilson's jumper at the buzzer to beat Memphis State, 83-81, in the 1986 NCAA Tournament.
Tom Hodson's fourth-down touchdown pass to Eddie Fuller in the back of the north end zone for a 7-6 win over Auburn in the "Earthquake Game."
Warren Morris' two-out, game-winning homerun in the 1996 College World Series championship game against Miami.
While each of these plays is a credit to the athletes and coaches involved, there is no reward for living beyond the moment in college athletics. For each miracle moment a team experiences, it is twice as likely to be on the other end of the backbreaking play the next time out.
Sports history tells us it is not a good bet to rely on the improbable. And while the better teams do tend to get more of those lucky breaks, they also tend to put themselves into position to take advantage of them.
So is LSU a team that is good enough to continue to create and benefit from its own fortune?
The next three weeks will tell us that, but the Tigers haven't played dominant football since the second half against South Carolina. We've seen a poor LSU team against Auburn and an inconsistent one against Kentucky. Whether or not these showings have anything to do with the Tigers playing on the road could be settled with Saturday's game against Alabama.
The Crimson Tide is a team very similar to the Kentucky team LSU just faced. They, too, are on NCAA probation and cannot represent the Southeastern Conference in the postseason. But instead of wallowing in dejection, both teams have decided to play some pretty good football.
You could make a good argument that Alabama is playing the best football in the SEC right now. Head coach Dennis Franchione and his team appears content to be spoilers and have won their last four games to improve to 8-2 on the season and 5-1 in the SEC.
The LSU team that hammered Florida earlier this season stands a good chance against the Crimson Tide, but the Tigers would be hard pressed to get a win if they cannot do better than they have in their last two games.
LSU head coach Nick Saban has high standards for his team and said after the Kentucky game that he wasn't satisfied with "the process" through which his Tigers escaped Lexington with a win. But he added that he's not ready to turn his nose up at any victory – regardless of the opponent.
"Sometimes you need a game like this," Saban said. "We had a game kind of like this up here last year. We scored with 13 seconds to go in the game, and that made a big difference in our season.
"You just have to take these games one game at a time. Every game we play we have to take as a one game season. And that's what we have to do for the next one coming up. We have to learn as much as we can about what we did and didn't do today so we can build on it."
Many LSU fans look back to the loss against Ole Miss as the defining moment for last year's team, spurring the Tigers on to a six-game win streak that produced an SEC title and a win in the Sugar Bowl.
But most players from that team will point to their narrow win at Kentucky in 2001 as the turning point for a team that was still in search of its identity and true chemistry. From that point on, they believed they could win every game they played and only had to execute properly in order to do so.
Whether or not this year's dramatic finish at Kentucky provides the same catalyst to the Tigers is unknown at this point. If so, it would certainly make for an interesting chapter in another storybook finish for LSU in 2002.