LSU Pivotal Football Moments
pivotal college football moment: A decision by a coach or athletic director that changes the momentum of a program or an action by a player that changes the momentum of a game.
1906: Tigers Unveil Passing Attack
The college football rules committee adopted a package of rule changes for 1906 in re­sponse to concerns about the brutality of the game. The one that garnered the most atten­tion legalized one forward pass from behind the line if it was made within 5y to the right or left of center. The ball went to the opponent if it failed to touch a player of either side before touching the ground. Either team could recover a pass touched by an opponent. An incom­plete attempt on first or second down resulted in a 15y penalty from the spot from which the pass was thrown. A pass could not be caught more than 20y beyond the line of scrim­mage or beyond the goal line. (The end zone had not yet been invented.)
LSU's third-year coach, Dan Killian from Michigan, like coaches across the land, inte­grated forward passing into his offense. The Tigers' first forward pass came in the season opening 5-0 victory against the Monroe Athletic Club. Halfback J. C. Muller caught a punt and, instead of running, threw a pass to B. B. Handy. This pass wasn't legal according to the rules, but the play was allowed. Muller also scored the game's only touchdown on a 40y run.

1906 LSU Tigers surround Coach Killian.
LSU failed to score in its next two games - a 9-0 home loss to Ole Miss and a scoreless tie at Mississippi A&M.
Two weeks after the A&M game, the team from the Louisiana Industrial Institute in Ruston came to Baton Rouge. The Times Picayune report on the 17-0 LSU victory included this paragraph:
The forward pass was worked eight times, and the local team never, on this forward pass, lost possession of the ball, which was an unusual record and shows a skill in the handling of the ball that few teams have developed this year ...
If the Tigers never lost possession on a forward pass, that means that all eight attempts were complete. So it's puzzling that Killian abandoned passing for the last two games on the schedule.
Newspaper accounts of LSU's 21-12 loss to Texas A&M mention only one forward pass - by the Aggies. The brief reports on the season-ending 6-6 tie with Arkansas also make no mention of forward passes.
Killian finished his three-year career as LSU coach with a mediocre 8-6-2 record. How­ever, he recruited a number of players who would help his successor, Edgar Wingard, go 17-3 the next two seasons.