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.
1921 Texas A&M: McFarland's Quick Thinking Saves LSU
Coach Dana Bible's Texas Aggies of the Southwest Conference came to Baton Rouge to battle Branch Bocock's Tigers of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Assocation on a beautiful October afternoon before "over 4,000" fans at State Field (on the site of the cur­rent Capitol Building). It was LSU's second game after annihilating Louisiana Normal from Natchitoches 78-0 the week before and A&M's third contest following wins over Howard Payne (14-7) and SMU (13-0).
The game devolved into "a punting duel between the peer of the South" – Clarence "Fatty" Ives of LSU and Sammy Sanders of A&M. The closest either team came to scor­ing in the first half resulted when LSU fumbled in its territory, and the Aggies completed a pass to the eight. But offsides penalties saved the Tigers, and Ives kicked out of danger to midfield.
Clarence "Fatty" Ives
L-R: Coach Branch Bocock, Fatty Ives, Reggie McFarland
Junior TB Reggie McFarland from Baton Rouge finally ended the scoring drought five minutes into the fourth quarter with an improvised play. Following a 25y pass from McFar­land to E Tubbo Matthews to the LSU 40, the play called was a right end run, but C L. C. Bourgeois snapped the ball as if the play were going left. McFarland turned, got a hand on the ball, and scooped up the loose pigskin. With his blockers waiting for him on the right side, he scampered down the left side "with practically no interference" and using his stiff arm effectively "fought his way single-handed through the whole Texas Aggie team" 60y for a touchdown. "The stands went wild for five minutes." Ives' PAT attempt failed.
The touchdown was especially gratifying for McFarland because in October 1920 at College Station, he "was carried almost broken-hearted and broken-shouldered" from the field dur­ing the scoreless tie with the Aggies.
A&M responded with a methodical drive that included a beautiful 25y pass to the LSU 30. But the Tigers rose up and repelled the threat and preserved their shutout.

1921 LSU Tigers