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lsumatt
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Best LSU football team performances in a loss


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.

Any others?

Note: I am cautiously optimistic that no one starts a "worst performances in a win" thread.




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mikelbr
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re: Best LSU football team performances in a loss


Good ones. TENN @ LSU 05 after Katrina.





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TheDoc
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re: Best LSU football team performances in a loss


depressing thread





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Pilot Tiger
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quote:

TENN @ LSU 05
we got clausened in the second half. LSU was a much better team than Tenn in 2005






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RogerTheShrubber
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TENN @ LSU 05 after Katrina.


I don't think LSU performed in the second half.






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NorthshoreTiger76
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re: Best LSU football team performances in a loss


#9





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1609tiger
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re: Best LSU football team performances in a loss


The USC game by far.





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GeorgeWest
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re: Best LSU football team performances in a loss


LSU at #1 Notre Dame in 1970. We lost 3-0.





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windhammontanatigers
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Great list lsumatt and I knew you were on target when you listed 1979 LSU vs. USC game first , I was there and the first time I ever saw the entire stadium stand up and cheer our Tigers as they left the field even though they had just lost.





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Spankum
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re: Best LSU football team performances in a loss


actually pretty cool reading this post...lot of memories there...





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tiger81
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USC '79...it's not close.





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idlewatcher
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quote:

4. Bama at LSU (2012)


We owned them passing and running the rock in this game. JC Copelands penalty really killed us that could've put the game out of reach. D did not step up in the final minute...obviously.

Great performance nonethless






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Billder
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TENN @ LSU 05 after Katrina. I don't think LSU performed in the second half.


Completely out of gas in the 2nd half.....with good reason.






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Cold Cous Cous
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I don't think LSU performed in the second half.

Easy to say from 2500 miles away. Tigers left it all on the field no question. But after what had happened the last 3 weeks, they simply did not have anything left by the 4th quarter. It was the equivalent of playing the second half of a doubleheader. Game left me sick but those guys have nothing to be ashamed of.






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jose canseco
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quote:

TENN @ LSU 05 after Katrina




For me, this is the WORST loss I've experienced in Tiger Stadium ever.

I believe that was our only regular season loss that year and it was to a team that finished season with a losing record and we were up by 3 tds ar half. Plus the whole Katrina backdrop that didnt make life fun around that time in South Louisiana.






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ElderTiger
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USC at LSU (1979). I have never seen this one, but from everything I read this is the obvious #1


Probably this one - that USC team was stacked with Heisman Trophy winners(2), All Americans, future All Pros and NFL HOFers and really had no business staying on the field with them and yet they stood toe to toe all game and only a chicken shite penalty keep them from winning.
Later that year, they lost 3 - 0 to a # 1 Alabama team also.
That '79 team really tried to send Cholly Mac out with a bang.
I've always respected those guys for their efforts that year.






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jhhingle
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All of those, but;
LSU @ OM 1969; 23-26L to Arch cost us potential shot at MNC later that season!
Was at 2. but think I might sub either mentioned or LSU @ ND 1970 in place there.
What I recall Tenn. really outplayed us 2nd half and we scored late to come within 8.






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swempe
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Bama at LSU (2012)





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RogerTheShrubber
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Easy to say from 2500 miles away.


I was at the game, Kreskin. Way to assume though.







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RogerTheShrubber
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TENN @ LSU 05 after Katrina



For me, this is the WORST loss I've experienced in Tiger Stadium ever.


After the comeback win over ASU, this one was deflating. Second half was emotionally draining.






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