A loss that was hard to forget

Going through some files I found this story. I didn’t realize it was written three years ago. It didn’t seem like that long.

Years run together sometimes. They don’t run together for Harry Harrison in this particular instance. A member of the Ole Miss broadcast team now, he¬†was an All-American defensive back in the early 1970s and a central figure in one of the most talked about games in the historical Ole Miss-LSU rivalry.

The game clock at LSU in 1972 ran a little slow and didn’t expire when it should have. Harrison and his teammates estimate what should have been the final play — one that ended with LSU on the losing side of the scoreboard — took at the very least six seconds when there were only four seconds on the clock when the ball was snapped.

LSU received one final play and scored a touchdown to lift the Tigers to a 17-16.

You could argue that LSU coach Les Miles made amends for that with his clock management at Ole Miss in 2009 when the Tigers could have kicked a field goal to win after an on-side kick. In that game time did indeed run out on LSU.

Maybe playing at home will be a clock advantage for the Rebels this year.

Here’s Harry Harrison talking about the 1972 game.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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