LSU-Ole Miss: Five memorable games

Oct. 31, 1959: LSU 7, Ole Miss 3 - Before the LSU-Alabama game two weeks ago, No. 1 LSU vs. No. 3 Ole Miss was the game of another century. Billy Cannon’s 89-yard punt return is the most legendary single moment in LSU football history, but it would have been a mere footnote had not Warren Rabb and Cannon stopped Doug Elmore on a quarterback sneak in the closing seconds.

Nov. 1, 1969: Ole Miss 26, LSU 23 - Archie Manning passed and scrambled the Rebels to a second-straight three-point win over the Tigers, costing LSU a perfect season. The 9-1 Tigers eventually chose to stay home after the Cotton Bowl picked Notre Dame to face No. 1 Texas.

Dec. 5, 1970: LSU 61, Ole Miss 17 - As oranges rained down, the Tigers clinched their only Southeastern Conference title under coach Charlie McClendon. Tommy Casanova returned two punts for scores, Craig Burns another, as the Tigers clinched an Orange Bowl bid.

Nov. 4, 1972: LSU 17, Ole Miss 16 - “Entering Louisiana,” read a sign put up on the Louisiana-Mississippi state line after this game. “Set your watch back four seconds.” Bert Jones some how got off two passes in the final four seconds, the second to Brad Davis for a 10-yard TD as time expired. Rusty Jackson’s PAT left the Rebels singing the “One Second Blues.”

Nov. 22, 2003: LSU 17, Ole Miss 14 - In a game in which the SEC West and the Tigers’ national title hopes were at stake, Matt Mauck threw an interception returned for a touchdown on LSU’s first offensive play, before the Tigers rallied for a three-point lead. With 1:50 left, Ole Miss faced fourth-and-10 at its 42 when defensive tackle Chad Lavalais shoved left guard Doug Buckles backward, tripping up quarterback Eli Manning.

Scott Rabalais