When they start naming the games, you know they’re pretty special. Here’s a look at five of the most memorable games in the LSU-Auburn rivalry:
Oct. 8, 1988 — LSU 7, Auburn 6: “The Earthquake Game.” Trailing 6-0 with just under two minutes remaining, Tommy Hodson hits Eddie Fuller with an 11-yard touchdown pass in the back of Tiger Stadium’s north end zone on fourth-and-10. The score sets off a celebration that famously registers across campus on the Geology Department’s seismograph. Actually, LSU geologists later prove the ground shakes every time the Tigers score a big touchdown, but this is the first time anyone noticed.
Sept. 17, 1994 — Auburn 30, LSU 26: “The Interception Game.” In one of the most improbable losses in LSU history, Auburn returns three Jamie Howard interceptions for touchdowns in the fourth quarter and recovers a fumble in the end zone for a fourth score. LSU loses despite outgaining Auburn 407-165, holding the home team to 16 total yards and one first down in the second half.
Sept. 21, 1996 — LSU 19, Auburn 15: “The Night the Barn Burned.” During the first half, an old wooden basketball gym adjacent to Jordan-Hare Stadium burns to the ground, sending flames and black smoke billowing into the air. Auburn pulls within 17-15 on Rusty Williams’ touchdown run with :38 left then goes for two and the tie. But Raion Hill intercepts Jon Cooley’s two-point pass and returns it for two points to seal LSU’s win.
Oct. 20, 2007 — LSU 30, Auburn 24: “Seconds count.” A field goal would win it, but LSU receiver Demetrius Byrd signals to offensive coordinator Gary Crowton that a fly route called “144 Go” is open. Matt Flynn finds Byrd in the corner of the north end zone with Auburn’s Jerraud Powers draped all over him as the clock winds down to :01.
Oct. 23, 2010 — Auburn 24, LSU 17: “The Cam Newton Show.” In a battle of 7-0 teams with national championship aspirations, both teams are led by Heisman Trophy contenders: Auburn quarterback Cam Newton and LSU cornerback/kick returner Patrick Peterson. It is Newton who has his Heisman moment, dragging Peterson across the goal line on a 49-yard third-quarter TD run. LSU has the ball midway through the fourth quarter with the game tied 17-17 but goes three-and-out. Onterio McCalebb scores on a 70-yard run with 5:05 remaining to keep Auburn on track for its first national title since 1957.