Key games in the Vanderbilt-LSU series

Although the LSU Tigers have a commanding lead in their all-time record versus Vanderbilt, the series has produced some very exciting, interesting and sometimes controversial situations.

1937 at Nashville: #20 Vanderbilt defeated #6 LSU, 7-6 . Coach Ray Morrison used a now famous hidden ball trick play that enabled the Commodores to pull out the win and improve their record to 5-0. Tackle Greer Ricketson picked the ball up and ran for 50 yards untouched to give the 'Dores a win.

1938 at Baton Rouge: LSU and Vanderbilt repeated another defensive battle. This time LSU would come out on top, 7-0. The scoreless Commodores would go on to win 6 games.

1948 at Nashville: A Red Sanders (photo left) coached Vanderbilt team defeated the Tigers 48-7. This would go on to finish 8-2-1 and many consider it to be the finest Vanderbilt team of modern times.

1957 at Nashville: Coach Art Guepe and the Commodores defeated LSU 7-0 after defeating Penn State the week prior, 32-20. That team included the legendary Phil King.

1976 at Baton Rouge: Vanderbilt and coach Fred Pancoast fell 33-20 to the #20 Tigers. This would be the first of five miserable Vanderbilt football seasons. Similar to the current previous five Vanderbilt seasons.

1984 at Nashville: Incidentally, this game was Vanderbilt's first game after its heartbreaking loss to Tulane that ended Vandy's last 5-0 bid. The Commodores fell behind early in this game, 34-6. However, Vanderbilt rallied and made a game of it before falling, 34-27. Vanderbilt outscored LSU 21-0 in the final quarter but it wasn't enough. The Commodores went on to finish the season 5-6.

1990 at Nashville: This was the year Vanderbilt opened with a 44-7 loss to SMU whose program had just been reinstated after a two year death penalty. In the second game of the season Vanderbilt faced LSU. With Vanderbilt leading 24-21 at the end of the game, a touchdown pass to Tiger Todd Kinchen on the last play of the game was nullified by an offensive pass interference call enabling Vandy to hold on for their only victory of that season.

1991 at Baton Rouge: Gerry DiNardo (photo at right) took the Commodores on a visit to the school he'd someday coach. Few gave Vandy a chance in this game but Vanderbilt raised a few eyebrows when they lost 16-14. In fact, Vanderbilt was on the 1-yard-line late in fourth quarter but fumbled the ball. The loss would ultimately cost Vanderbilt a bowl bid as the team finished 5-6.

1997 at Nashville: This game was a nightmare for Vandy and featured a total breakdown in coaching at the end of the game. Vanderbilt trailed 7-0 in the game before the Commodores scored a touchdown very late to make the score 7-6. While the Commodore coaches debated two-point conversion play options the team was penalized twice for delay of game finally forcing the team to kick the long-range extra-point. The kick was blocked and Vandy lost, 7-6.


Carl Hinkle (R) celebrates a win in 1937. All photos provided by Vanderbilt University

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