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.
1937 Auburn: Kicking Game Makes the Difference
The 6-1 Tigers were ranked #12 in the Associated Press as they hosted #14 Auburn(4-1-2) in a day game November 14 before a crowd of 35,000. LSU had pitched a shutout in five of their seven games.
With the defenses holding sway, the Louisiana Tigers took a 3-0 lead thanks to Cotton Milner's 22y field goal near the end of first period. The score resulted from sophomore E Ogden Bauer's recovery of QB "Pig" Walker's fumble of a bad snap on the Auburn 18.

Guy Milner (#66 without helmet, just to the left of the official) kicks a first quarter field goal.
Neither team came close to scoring in the second period. However, multi-talented sophomore TB Young Bussey saved a possible Auburn touchdown. He punted 41 to the Plainsmen's star runner Billy Hitchcock, who fielded the ball on his 18 and rambled 24y to the 42 before Bussey tackled him.

Barrett Booth stops Auburn's ???
The Bayou Tigers missed a chance to extend their lead in the third quarter. A bad pass from center sailed past the Auburn TB George Kenmore but he was able to race back and pick up the ball on the one before a trio of LSU Tigers threw him into the end zone. But the referee ruled forward progress was stopped on the one.
After the ensuing punt to the Auburn 35, Pinky Rohm skirted right end to the 16. Three more runs gave the Tigers a first down on the two. But an offside penalty and an 8y loss on a running play set LSU back to the 14. After an incompletion, Milner tried another field goal, but this one missed.
As Coach Bernie Moore continued his habit of substituting an entire eleven at the change of periods, LSU's second unit moved from their eight to their 46 on their first possession of the final period before bogging down. That set up the biggest play of the game. Bussey quick-kicked to the Alabama Tigers' six, where it hit Auburn's Kenmore and was recovered by a gold-shirted Tiger, Jabbo Stell. Three plays later with the ball on the three, HB Stell whipped around left end. He was hit at the line of scrimmage but dove into the end zone to extend the LSU lead to 9-0.

Jabbo Stell scores LSU's touchdown. #72 is FB Roy Joe Anderson.
Auburn didn't go down without a fight. H. C. "Spec" Kelly returned the kickoff 40y to midfield. The visitors quickly advanced to the 21 before LSU self-destructed. Three straight penalties, two for offside, then one for uncessary roughness, put the ball on the one. Pelham Sitz took it over from there to cut the lead to 9-7.

Ken Kavanaugh (51) reaches for a pass between two Auburn defenders.
With all the momentum on Auburn's side, the last thing LSU needed was a three-and-out. But that's what happened. So Bussey boomed a 43y punt to Kelly at the Auburn 25. He broke loose and raced all the way to the LSU 20, where a great defensive play by Bussey saved the game. He drove through two blockers and cut down Kelly. Aided by two penalties on the offense, the LSU defense pushed the visitors back to the 41. A desperation field goal from there fell short, and LSU ran out of the clock.