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.
1933 Tulane: Burge's Miracle Catch
Biff Jones's second season as LSU head coach saw a big change. The Tigers joined 12 other schools in forming the Southeastern Conference. All were former members of the Southern Conference, which grew too big for its own good. Its 23 schools were spread across 10 states from Maryland down to Florida and across to Louisiana.
LSU continued to schedule most of the teams it played as a Southern Conference mem­ber including Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tulane, and Tennessee of the SEC and Rice and Arkansas of the Southwest Conference.

L-R: Biff Jones, Ted Cox, Abe Mickal, Floyd Roberts
LSU enters the annual clash with Tulane with a 6-0-2 record. The Green Wave, coach­ed by Ted Cox who is also in his second season, have won six and lost three and enter the game on a four-game winning streak.
The Greenies are considered one of the most dangerous scoring teams in Dixie. Cox's offensive assistant, former TU star Lester Lautenschlaeger, both disciples of former Green Wave coach Clark Shaughnessy, deploy an offense that attacks from one side of the field to the other on sweeps, reverses, and passes.
The Tigers start seven sophomores led by halfback Abe Mickal, who will be chosen as the SEC Sophomore of the Year at the end of the season. LSU has surrendered only three touchdowns in the first eight games. The Greenies are no slouch on defense either, having pitched five shutouts.
The crowd of 31,000 in Tulane Stadium on a beautiful fall day see the game start with a bang. Mickal boots a long, high kick that Tulane's captain, Floyd "Little Preacher" Roberts, takes on his four. He roars upfield through the oncoming Tigers, changing his pace several times, until he breaks into the clear at midfield and seems headed for a touch­down. But LSU HB Jess Fatherree runs him down at the LSU 22. On the very next play, Roberts fumbles and Mickal recovers for LSU.
Not long afterwards, the Greenies are back again, deep in Tiger territory thanks to Mickal's poor punt to the LSU 38. Six plays later from the 10, Roberts sweeps right end, escapes two Tigers tacklers, outruns his interference, and speeds into the corner of the end zone. He then kicks the PAT. Tulane 7 LSU 0

Floyd "Little Preacher" Roberts held to no gain by the Tigers.
The Tigers tie the game in the last five minutes of the second quarter. As with the Tu­lane touchdown, the LSU drive begins with T Bob Simon punting out on his own 43.
Mickal whips a 22y pass to E Dennis "Pete" Burge. But the Tigers bog down and face fourth-and-three on the 14. Abe drives over right tackle for 5y and a first down on the nine.
After seemingly regaining the momentum, LSU goes backwards on two fumbles and a run that loses a yard. That sets up "one of the most spectacular individual catching feats in LSU football history" (Dan Hardesty).
With less than minute left in the half, Abe takes the snap from his tailback position, fades back, and fires a line drive that seems destined to sail over the heads of a group of players in the end zone. Suddenly, right behind and between two defensive backs, LSU's Burge, the basketball center using his speed and leg-spring, leaps into the air, pulls the ball in with his right hand, and falls backwards on the ground with the ball securely clutched in his arms. Touchdown LSU! With Bill Lobdell holding, Mickal boots the extra point to tie the game.

Pete Burge's "Miracle Catch" for a touchdown.
Early in the third period, the Green Wave reach the LSU 10. The drive was kept alive when Simon passed out of punt formation to Roberts, who caught the ball behind the line of scrimmage and, aided by perfectly timed blocking, raced 33y down the sideline before Mickal brought him down. Two runs move the chains to the 15. Roberts gains five before a fumble loses 3y. Two plays later, the Tigers take the ball on downs.
Tulane is right back in business after Mickal punts out. Two completions from Roberts to E Charlie Kyle put the ball on the 17. But E Jeff Barrett intercepts a pass and returns to the 31 to end the threat.
Neither team scores in the fourth quarter, and the game ends 7-7.

L-R: Jess Fatherree, Pete Burge, Bill Lobdell, Jeff Barrett