Obviously there are no moral victories, but there have been games LSU played their heart out and lost a tough game to a better team with some bad luck and/or bad calls. I think LSU was a (big) underdog in almost all of these games. (The focus is on the last 15-20 years, because that is what I saw live).
1. USC at LSU (1979). I have never seen this one, but from everything I read this is the obvious #1
2. LSU at Tenn (2001). Rohan and the offense played their heart out and led most of the first half, but an inexperienced defense couldn't handle Kelly Washington and Tenn. Tenn would have played for a NC had we not got them back later that year.
3. Bama at LSU (2008). 7-5 LSU gave all a 12-0 regular season Bama team could handle through OT
4. Bama at LSU (2012). LSU outplayed National Champion Bama in that game. One of hardest losses to handle in recent memory.
5. LSU at AU (2004). Auburn went undefeated that year and if I recall that one game down to a questionable extra point at the end of the game.
6. LSU at Notre Dame (1998). ND was ranked #10 and LSU's optimistic season was done for all practical purposes. This one went back and forth all the way until back-up QB Craig Nall's final pass
7. LSU at AU (2006). One of the worst officiated games I have ever seen. LSU wins without it.
8. LSU at Bama (2009). Insert Patrick Peterson non-interception pic here.
9. AU at LSU (1997). If only we had handed the ball off to Cecil Collins on 3rd and 2.
10. LSU at Georgia (1999). Josh Booty and 3-9 LSU score a miracle late TD and instead of sending to OT they miss the 2 point conversion for the win.
Note: I am cautiously optimistic that no one starts a "worst performances in a win" thread.
This post was edited on 1/12 at 2:40 pm