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.
1926: Mason Excels in His Hometown
For the 12th year in a row, LSU traveled to Shreveport for the annual clash with the Arkansas Razorbacks at the State Fair. Mike Donahue's fourth Tiger team was 3-3 while Francis Schmidt's Hogs had won four of their six games although three of the victories were against "non-major" teams.
LSU had lost to Arkansas four years in a row. The 1925 game had been halted because of a fist fight between opposing players caused by accusations of kneeing while blocking. The Razorbacks were called for three more unsportsmanlike penalties during the '26 game which led to a meeting between athletic officials from both schools that night in Shreveport to discuss whether the series should be discontinued. (But it wasn't until 1937.)

L-R: Charlie Mason, Fatz Wilson, Babe Godfrey, Guy Nesom
After a scoreless first quarter, the Tigers struck first when sophomore C. C. (Charlie) Mason, playing in his hometown, caught a long punt on his 30 and, behind excellent interference, ran through the entire Arkansas team for a touchdown.
The Bengal defense gave ground in midfield but drew the line in Tiger territory to thrwart every Razorback advance. So the score remained 7-0 lead into the fourth quarter. Big Tiger guard N. A. "Fatz" Wilson, another Shreveport resident, intercepted a pass at the UA 40 and returned it to the 24 to set up the Tigers' second touchdown. After captain Lola T. "Babe" Godfrey gained two, Mason threw to HB Everette Haynes in the end zone. Guy Nesom's second PAT kick made it 14-0.
In the waning minutes, the Tigers drove to the Arkansas 10 before running out of downs. The boys from Fayetteville never came close to scoring.
The 1927 LSU Gumbo Yearbook wrote: "This win over Arkansas re-established the prestige of L. S. U. in North Louisiana, which had been on the wane from a football viewpoint for a number of years."