Nov. 7, 1959 - Tennessee 14, LSU 13: The No. 1-ranked Tigers went to Knoxville, Tenn., off their 7-3 victory over Ole Miss on Billy Cannon’s legendary punt return, leaving LSU three wins away from a second straight national championship (then awarded before the bowls). But Tennessee prevailed, returning an interception for a touchdown and stopping Cannon at the goal line on a late two-point try. “I’ll go to my grave believing I was over,” Cannon said.

Sept. 30, 2000 - LSU 38, Tennessee 31 (OT): Before a roaring crowd of 91,682, Rohan Davey passed 2-2 LSU to a 24-6 halftime lead. No. 11-ranked Tennessee rallied to tie the game 31-31, but LSU responded with a 25-yard pass from Davey to Robert Royal on the first play of overtime. The Vols reached the LSU 4-yard line with their possession, but Damien James broke up a fourth-down pass as fans flooded the field.

Dec. 8, 2001 - LSU 31, Tennessee 20: The No. 2-ranked Vols went into the SEC Championship Game needing to beat LSU to advance to the BCS Championship Game. Tennessee looked good up 17-7 at halftime after sending Davey to an Atlanta hospital with a rib injury, but backup QB Matt Mauck turned MVP. He ran for two touchdowns and Domanick Davis another as LSU won its first SEC title since 1988.

Dec. 1, 2007 - LSU 21, Tennessee 14: Again the Tigers turned to a backup quarterback in the SEC Championship Game after Matt Flynn was injured against Arkansas. Ryan Perrilloux responded with a steady MVP performance, but it was Jonathan Zenon’s 18-yard interception return for a score with 9:54 left that lifted LSU from No. 7 in the BCS standings to the national championship game.

Oct. 2, 2010 - LSU 16, Tennessee 14: In an ending that defied description, the Tigers looked like losers when T-Bob Hebert intentionally launched a shotgun snap past Jordan Jefferson from the Vols’ 1 as time expired. Tennessee celebrated a 14-10 win, but the Vols were penalized for having 13 men on the field. The Tigers ran a single untimed down, with Stevan Ridley smashing in from the 1 for a stunning victory.

Scott Rabalais