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.
1930 Arkansas: Huey's Pep Talk Pays Off
The 4-2 Tigers met the 3-3 Arkansas Razorbacks in the 25th annual meeting of the two teams at the State Fairgrounds in Shreveport. The LSU team stayed in Marshall TX, just across the border from Shreveport. Special trains brought hundreds of students from each school including the two bands. It was the custom for the rival student bodies to stage street parades Saturday at noon.
The Tigers had not beaten the Razorbacks since 1926, which was their only victory in the last nine games of the rivalry. To make matters worse, the Tigers had been shut out the last three meetings and four of the last five.
Tiger fans arriving in Shreveport found the Arkansas rooters highly confident. They were offering 14 points in hotel lobbies.
However, the 1930 Razorbacks were not the same as the 1929 version that went 7-2. Their "one-ton line" was shattered by graduation, and the replacements were mostly sophomores, although one of them weighed more than 300 pounds.
As usual, the game was a "rough and tumble affair," resulting in the ejection of a couple of opposing linemen and "drastic penalties" in the final quarter.
Razorbacks Jump in Front
Arkansas scored first after recovering Joe Almokary's fumble of the opening kickoff on the LSU 34. HB Winton Kyle circled right end for 18y to the 11. After Jack Dale was stopped for no gain, T.D. Holden and captain Dobie Reeves stopped Kyle for a 4y loss. Then Kyle went around left end to the one. Homer Ledbetter crashed over right tackle for the touchdown. Dale's extra point try sailed wild. Arkansas 6 LSU 0

L-R: Joe Almokary, T.D. Holden, Roy Wilson (LSU Gumbo Yearbook Class of 1931)
Fumble Helps Tigers Tie
After an exchange of punts, Reeves had to punt again. Kyle fumbled the ball on his 14, and G Roy Wilson recovered for LSU. Governor Long dashed down the sideline to get a better look at the action. He was pleased by what he saw. After two plays gained just a yard, Almo­kary fired a pass to E J.B. Luker for a touchdown. Almoka­ry missed the point. LSU 6 Arkansas 6
LSU Takes Lead
After another punt exchange, the Tigers took the lead when T Bob Powell blocked Bernie Uptmoor's punt and recovered on Arkansas' 16. Luker gained 8y on an end around. Reeves's 3y gain gave the Tigers a first down on the five. Reeves plunged 2y and then 3y for the touchdown. This time, Almokary kicked the point. LSU 13 Ar­kansas 6

L-R: J.B. Luker, Bob Powell, Sid Bowman (LSU Gumbo Yearbook Class of 1931)
Arkansas Scores Again
Arkansas scored again in the second quarter after Wendell Holmes returned a punt 13y to the LSU 45. With the Tigers giving up ground yardage grudgingly, the Razorbacks gained most of their yardage through the air. A pass from Holmes to Uptmoor gave the Hogs a first down at the LSU 30. Three snaps later, Holmes connected with Milan Creighton for a first down at the 17. On fourth-and-two, Ledbetter gained four over left tackle to make it first-and-goal from the six. Three plays later, Uptmoor crashed through right tackle for the touchdown. Uptmoor's PAT try hit the cross bar and bounced back. LSU 13 Arkansas 12 at the half.
Long's Pep Talk Pays off in Second Half
Governor Huey Long, "an enthusiastic spectator on the sidelines," spoke to the Tigers during halftime. His speech paid off when LSU dominated the second half.
Neither team threatened in the third period until Sid Bowman returned a punt 28y to the Razorback 32. A relentless series of runs moved LSU to a first down on the five. After Almo­kary gained two at right tackle, Reeves took the ball the rest of the way. Almo­kary again kicked point. LSU 20 Arkansas 12
Tigers Add to Their Lead
The Tigers put the game away midway through the fourth quarter. The drive started after Bowman again returned a punt into Arkansas territory, this time to the 37. But the ball was brought back, and the Razorbacks were penalized for unnecessary roughness to give LSU the ball on the Arkansas five. Bowman immediately scored from there. Almokary's extra point made it 27-12 LSU.
The teams spent the closing minutes of the game drawing roughness penalties with ejections of scrapping linemen.
Coach Cohen said: "We were really keyed for the game, and in the first half we ran up and down the field but had only a 13-12 lead. It seemed every time we got deep into Arkansas territory, we got slapped with a penalty. Late in the second quarter, we moved to the Arkansas five and (referee) Jim Perry tossed Jim Skidmore, our tackle, out of the game for slugging. Not onlyl that, but we were penalized half distance to our goal, back to around midfield."
Long was angry about the penalty. As the players and fans left the stadium, Long directed an Athletic Department employee to summon referee Perry to meet him under the stands.
Perry walked up to Long with a football in his hand.
"Do you know who I am?" asked Long.
"Yes, sir, you're Governor Long."
"That's correct. As governor, I protest your calls. I don't mind you penalizing LSU, but penalize us in midfield. Don't do it when we get down to the goal line."
Perry smiled, said nothing, and walked away.
The Fighting Tigers II: LSU Football 1893-1993, Peter Finney (1993)