LSU vs. Arkansas: Five memorable games

Jan. 1, 1947
LSU 0, Arkansas 0 (Cotton Bowl): It may have been the Cotton Bowl in name, but history remembers this as the Ice Bowl. Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Y.A. Tittle spent 15 seasons in the NFL, but he said this was the coldest game he ever played. Rain, sleet and snow left fans shivering in the stands in Dallas. LSU held a 271-54 edge in total offense and 15-1 edge in first downs but couldn’t manage to score.

Jan. 1, 1966
LSU 14, Arkansas 7 (Cotton Bowl): The Razorbacks were ranked No. 2 and riding a 22-game winning streak, making the game seem not worth playing. “Look,” a female Arkansas fan shouted in the LSU team hotel lobby as the Tigers headed out for their buses, “they’re going to show up for the game.” The 7-3 Tigers not only showed up, they pulled what ranks as one of the program’s all-time greatest upsets. Joe Labruzzo scored on a pair of 1-yard runs and Jerry Joseph’s fourth-quarter interception denied Arkansas a national title.

Nov. 29, 2002
Arkansas 21, LSU 20: The year of the Bluegrass Miracle for the Tigers was also the year of the Markham Street Miracle for the Razorbacks. Trailing 20-14, Matt Jones hit Richard Smith for a 50-yard gain, then found DeCori Birmingham in the back of the end zone on a 31-yard TD pass with :09 remaining. The win propelled Arkansas, not LSU, into the SEC Championship Game.

Nov. 24, 2006
LSU 31, Arkansas 26: Darren McFadden scored on an 80-yard run to pull Arkansas within 24-19 of LSU, but Trindon Holliday returned the ensuing kickoff 92 yards for a score. Felix Jones added another TD for Arkansas but LSU’s defense held, allowing the Tigers to run out the final 1:31. Arkansas finished first in the SEC West, but it was LSU that wound up in the Sugar Bowl.

Nov. 23, 2007
Arkansas 50, LSU 48 (3OT): Working out of the Wild Hog formation, McFadden led the Razorbacks to an upset of No. 1 LSU in Tiger Stadium. McFadden rushed for 206 yards on 32 carries and three TDs and threw for a fourth score. LSU couldn’t keep the game going in the third overtime, as Matterral Richardson intercepted Matt Flynn’s two-point pass, but did recover to win a second BCS title.

Scott Rabalais