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LSU kicker Cole Tracy (36) is hoisted on the shoulders of his teammates after kicking the winning field goal to defeat Auburn 22-21 on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Auburn, Ala.

When it comes to the LSU-Auburn rivalry, if a game doesn't have or isn't worthy of a nickname it must not have been that great. And finding five memorable games isn't the issue, it's which thrilling games to leave out. These five made our list. Do they make yours?


LSU’s Tommy Hodson hits Eddie Fuller in the back of the endzone on fourth down with 1:41 left to lift the Tigers to a 7-6 win over fourth-ranked Auburn on Oct. 8, 1988. The fan reaction in Tiger Stadium registered on a seismograph across campus, prompting the game to be nicknamed “The Earthquake Game.”

Oct. 8, 1988 — LSU 7, Auburn 6: "The Earthquake Game.” With LSU trailing 6-0 and less than two minutes remaining, Tommy Hodson hit Eddie Fuller with an 11-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-10 in the back of Tiger Stadium’s north end zone. The score set off a celebration that famously registered across campus on the Geology Department’s seismograph, though as an LSU seismologist later said, just about every big touchdown celebration at Tiger Stadium produces a Richter Scale-worthy jolt. LSU and Auburn went on to share the SEC regular season championship.

LSU-Auburn 1994

Auburn players celebrate in the end zone against LSU on Sept. 17, 1994 at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala.

Sept. 17, 1994 — Auburn 30, LSU 26: "The Interception Game.” Auburn returned three Jamie Howard interceptions for touchdowns in the fourth quarter and recovered a fumble in the end zone for an earlier score. LSU lost despite outgaining Auburn 407-165, holding the home team to 16 yards total offense and one first down in the second half. "Little Bowden can say what he wants," LSU defensive coordinator Phil Bennett said bitterly after the game, referring to Auburn coach Terry Bowden. "But the best team didn't win today." A year later in Tiger Stadium, LSU stunned No. 5 Auburn 12-6, with Howard being lifted on his teammates' shoulders and carried from the field.

DB Raion Hill LSU hero 'The Night the Barn Burned'

The Auburn Sports Arena is consumed in flames adjacent to Jordan-Hare Stadium on the night of LSU's 19-15 victory on Sept. 21, 1996 in Auburn, Ala.

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Sept. 21, 1996 — LSU 19, Auburn 15: "The Night the Barn Burned.” During the first half, the old wooden Auburn Sports Arena adjacent to Jordan-Hare Stadium burned to the ground, with flames shooting hundreds of feet into the air. "I had my back to the fire," then LSU coach Gerry DiNardo told in 2019. "When I got to the press conference somebody asked me about the fire and I said 'What fire? Was it a big deal?' I didn't really know. But when I saw the TV copy, I just could not believe it." The Auburn fire department said the fire was caused by an unattended grill left under an overhang, something some Auburn fans have long blamed on LSU tailgaters. With the fire under control by halftime, attention returned to the game. An Auburn touchdown made it 17-15 with 38 seconds left, but Raion Hill intercepted Jon Cooley’s two-point pass attempted and returned it for two LSU points, sealing the victory.

Miles gallery LSU-Auburn 2007

With one second to spare, LSU wide receiver Demetrius Byrd hauls in Matt Flynn's 22-yard pass in the back of the end zone, lifting fifth-ranked LSU to a 30-24 victory over No. 18 Auburn on Oct. 20, 2007 in Tiger Stadium.

Oct. 20, 2007 — LSU 30, Auburn 24: "Seconds count.” Trailing Auburn 24-23 in the final moments, it looked like LSU was moving into position to try a game-winning field goal. Of course, many things in the Les Miles era didn't follow conventional logic. LSU receiver Demetrius Byrd signaled to offensive coordinator Gary Crowton in the press box that a pass called “144 Go” was open. Matt Flynn found Byrd in the end zone with Auburn’s Jerraud Powers draped on him. Byrd tumbled to the turf with :01 remaining on the clock to complete a stunning 22-yard touchdown pass.

'He looks in control:' Morten Andersen, thankful LSU fans among Cole Tracy supporters

Cole Tracy celebrates after kicking the game-winning field goal in LSU's 22-21 win at Auburn in Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Auburn, Ala.

Sept. 15, 2018 — LSU 22, Auburn 21: "Cole's Clutch Kick.” After beating No. 8-ranked Miami in Arlington, Texas, to start the season, LSU found itself in another top-10 showdown two weeks later at No. 7 Auburn. LSU trailed 21-13 with just over eight minutes left when Joe Burrow connected with Derrick Dillon on a 71-yard touchdown pass to make it 21-19 (the two-point attempt failed). LSU got a defensive stop and got the ball back with 5:38 left, moving into position for a game-winning 42-yard Cole Tracy field goal as time expired. The win made LSU the first team to beat two Associated Press top-10 teams in the first three weeks of a season since Missouri in 1976.

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