LSU's 19-game winning streak ends at Tennessee
Nov. 7, 1959
No. 1 LSU puts its 19-game winning streak on the line when, trailing by a point, it goes for a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter against Tennessee in Knoxville. But Billy Cannon, who will win the Heisman Trophy this season, is gang-tackled short of the goal line and the Bayou Bengals lose 14-13, ending their hopes of repeating as national champion.
Cannon outgains the 13th-ranked Vols, rushing for 122 yards while Tennessee has only 112 yards in total offense. But the Vols score their first touchdown on a 59-yard interception return to tie the game 7-7 in the third quarter and then take a 14-7 lead later in the period on a 14-yard run following an LSU fumble. Until those touchdowns, LSU has not allowed a point across its goal line in nine games.
After the two-point conversion fails, LSU has one more scoring opportunity, but Cannon loses a fumble at the Tennessee 20.
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