The LSU football season is so much further away than any of you want it to be.
But we at SEC Country want to make the wait go by a little faster. So every Saturday that you don’t get to watch college football, we’re going to give it to you anyway with a throwback-style countdown of how many weekends you have left before LSU kicks off its 2017 season on Sept. 2 against BYU in Houston.
Counting today, there are 27 Saturdays until that BYU game. So let’s take a look at all the reasons the number 27 is significant in LSU football history to keep your mind occupied and dreaming of returning to Death Valley.
Twice the 27 fun
One of the most notable LSU football players ever to don No. 27 was running back Kenny Hilliard.
On the roster from 2011 to ’14, Hilliard rushed 302 times for 1,557 yards during his LSU career. His success in limited action led to him being selected in the seventh round by the Houston Texans in the 2015 NFL Draft.
At 232 pounds, Hilliard was a prototypical red-zone back, which made it fitting that he equaled his jersey number in career rushing touchdowns: 27.
Hilliard’s 27 career rushing touchdowns put him in a tie with Harvey Williams (1986-90) and Gary James (1982-85) for ninth on the all-time LSU rushing touchdowns list.
In perhaps his most notable game, Hilliard accounted for 3 touchdowns — 2 rushing and 1 receiving — in the 2011 SEC Championship versus Georgia. The bruising freshman rushed 8 times for 72 yards and caught 1 pass for 8 yards. All 3 of his touchdowns came in the third quarter.
Other notable LSU players who wore No. 27
- Curtis Taylor (2005-08): 112 career tackles
- Cedric Donaldson (1994-97): 7 INTs in 1997, third best in LSU single-season history
- Kevin Guidry (1984-87): 8 career INTs
To an LSU football fan, the only thing better than beating Alabama is blowing out Alabama. Using the number 27, we can find two such instances.
First, we have 1997. Just three weeks removed from a huge upset of No. 1 Florida, Gerry DiNardo’s LSU Tigers went to Bryant-Denny Stadium and shellacked the Tide, disappointing 70,000 Alabama fans with a 27-0 shutout.
Six years later, one of the greatest teams in LSU football history traveled to Tuscaloosa to face one of the least impressive teams Alabama’s ever fielded. The No. 3 Tigers, with 1 loss and national championship aspirations, crushed a 4-6 Alabama team 27-3. A few months later, the Tigers went on to win their second national championship.
LSU has scored 27 points against Alabama three times. The Tigers are 2-0-1 in those games.
Check back to SECCountry.com every Saturday between now and football season for more trips down memory lane.