Five memorable games: LSU vs. Ole Miss

There have probably been more memorable games between LSU and Ole Miss than any other rival the Tigers have.

Five games could easily be 15, but you have to draw the line somewhere. Here’s a look at five of the most thrilling and impactful games between the Tigers and Rebels:

Oct. 31, 1959 — LSU 7, Ole Miss 3: 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 sports 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 captured their only SEC 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 last 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: With the SEC West and the Tigers’ national title hopes at stake, Matt Mauck threw a pick six 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.