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LSU VS. MISSISSIPPI

Dec. 21, 1959
Dec. 21, 1959

Table of Contents
Dec. 21, 1959

Wild Town
Acknowledgments
Long Push
Scouting Reports
Too Good For Ducks?
Rome: The Olympic Anniversary
Rome: The Olympic Year
Silver Anniversary
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

LSU VS. MISSISSIPPI

The Tigers and Rebels play a sequel, before 80,000, to their October thriller, won by LSU. NBC-TV, 1:45 P.M., E.S.T.

LSU
Defenders to the end

This is an article from the Dec. 21, 1959 issue Original Layout

If you like your football free and easy, with long passes, wide sweeps and tall scores, better change channels. This should be a defensive game, conservative, fundamental. The two teams met earlier this season, you may recall, and LSU won 7-3 when Billy Cannon returned a punt 89 yards for a touchdown late in the game. Cannon was picked on every All-America team, so he alone should be worth watching. He is a brutal runner, strong and fast. His favorite play is a smash over his own right tackle, unspectacular but effective. Because the Ole Miss line puts strong pressure on passers, Quarterback Warren Rabb, whose injured knee should be fit again by New Year's Day, will probably pass just often enough to keep Ole Miss from overloading against Cannon. LSU's greatest asset is its depth. Coach Paul Dietzel still uses three distinct squads—the White Team, the Go Team and the Chinese Bandits—and again has a marvelous defense. Only two of LSU's 10 opponents this season were able to score touchdowns. Therefore it will probably be LSU's tactics to wage a careful battle and wait for—hope for—Ole Miss to make a mistake, like punting to Billy Cannon.

MISSISSIPPI
Opening up, should win

In nine of their 10 games this season, the Rebels played dazzling football with dazzling results. Using three or four sets of backs, they presented a supremely balanced attack, complete with long and short passes, quarterback options and blasts into the middle of the line by Charlie Flowers, their All-America fullback. In those nine games Ole Miss scored 326 points while giving up only 14. But on the evening in October when they played LSU the Rebels were a different team. Scoring on a field goal early in the game, their 3-0 lead made them cautious. Three times during the third period they punted on first down. When Cannon made his long touchdown run to put LSU ahead, Ole Miss came charging back, its caution gone. But LSU stopped the drive a yard short of the goal 18 seconds before the game ended. Now Ole Miss gets a second chance. Although its backs, led by Flowers and Quarterback Jake Gibbs, are outstanding, Mississippi won't score anything like the 33 points a game it averaged against the tough LSU line. But, assuming Ole Miss has stopped punting on first down, it should score enough—twice should do—to win.

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ILLUSTRATIONPHOTOBILLY CANNON: TOP BACK OF THE YEARPHOTOCHARLIE FLOWERS: LINE BUSTING FULLBACK

THE RECORD

26

RICE

3

10

TCU

0

22

BAYLOR

0

27

MIAMI

3

9

KENTUCKY

0

9

FLORIDA

0

7

MISSISSIPPI

3

13

TENNESSEE

14

27

MISSISSIPPI STATE

0

14

TULANE

6

THE ROSTER

Jenkins

10

QB

Rabb

12

QB

Matherne

16

QB

Cannon

20

LH

Purvis

23

LH

Robinson

34

RH

Gros

40

FB

Schexnaildre

43

FB

Daye

44

FB

Fugler

51

C

Langan

53

C

Winston

60

LG

Fournet

65

LG

McCreedy

67

RG

LeBlanc

70

LT

Strange

72

RT

Branch

75

LT

Kinchen

81

RE

McClain

83

LE

Mangham

86

RE

X-RAY BOX

LSU

OPP.

Runs attempted

510

456

Rushing yardage

1,866

908

Passes attempted

131

169

Passes completed

59

56

Passing yardage

734

524

Passes int'ceptd by

13

9

TDs on int'cepts

1

1

Punts

72

81

Avg. dist. punts

38.9

38.3

Fumbles

40

24

Fumbles lost

23

13

Field goals att.

8

9

Successful

5

3

2-pt. conv. att.

6

0

Successful

2

0

1-pt. conv. att.

16

3

Successful

11

2

Best kickoff ret.

39

27

Avg. kickoff ret.

19.6

16.0

TDs on kickoff

0

0

Punt returns

47

45

Longest punt ret.

89

59

Avg. punt ret.

9.2

7.9

TDs, punt ret.

1

1

Penalties

54

38

Yds. lost pens.

490

310

THE RECORD

16

HOUSTON

0

16

KENTUCKY

0

43

MEMPHIS STATE

0

33

VANDERBILT

0

53

TULANE

7

28

ARKANSAS

0

3

LSU

7

58

CHATTANOOGA

0

37

TENNESSEE

7

42

MISSISSIPPI STATE

0

THE ROSTER

Franklin

10

QB

Gibbs

12

QB

Blair

22

LH

Crespino

31

RH

Woodruff

32

LH

Flowers

41

FB

Anderson

42

FB

Partridge

43

RH

Kirk

53

C

Alford

60

LG

Kempinska

62

LT

Terrell

63

RG

Price

69

LG

Khayat

76

RG

Benton

77

RT

Owens

78

RT

Robertson

79

LT

Daniels

80

RE

Brewer

81

RE

Grantham

88

LE

X-RAY BOX

MISS.

OPP.

Runs attempted

528

385

Rushing yardage

2,394

939

Passes attempted

170

132

Passes completed

81

61

Passing yardage

1,295

533

Passes int'ceptd by

17

7

TDs on int'cepts

1

0

Punts

48

79

Avg. dist. punts

35.3

32.5

Fumbles

27

29

Fumbles lost

13

18

Field goals att.

13

3

Successful

5

0

2-pt. conv. att.

14

0

Successful

8

0

1-pt. conv. att.

31

3

Successful

26

3

Best kickoff ret.

40

52

Avg. kickoff ret.

21.2

19.9

TDs on kickoff

0

0

Punt returns

27

19

Longest punt ret.

85

89

Avg. punt ret.

11.0

12.7

TDs, punt ret.

1

1

Penalties

69

54

Yds. lost pens.

671

508