LSU Football: 5 Best Moments of 2013

Jake Martin@JakeMartinSECCorrespondent IIIDecember 29, 2013

LSU Football: 5 Best Moments of 2013

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    The 2013 LSU Tigers produced some of the greatest plays ever seen in Tiger Stadium.

    With a season that featured a 3,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard rusher and two 1,000-yard receivers, it shouldn't be all that shocking that this group of Tigers was exciting to watch.

    While the season may not have produced the win-loss record LSU fans were hoping for, it still provided remarkable plays, memorable performances and something we've never seen before in Death Valley.

    Judging off of pure amazement, athleticism and rarity, these were the best moments of the 2013 season.

5. Jeremy Hill Runs over Auburn

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    Jeremy Hill had his best showing of the season against a team that will be playing for the national championship.

    His 184 yards and three touchdown runs against Auburn was Hill's best stat line in his LSU career.

    It was one of only three times this season that Hill carried the ball more than 20 times. See what happens when Hill touches the ball as many times as other premier backs in college football?

    With a slippery playing surface, Hill dug his cleats in and juked, jived and ran through the Auburn defense.

    For his great numbers and Auburn's surprising nine-game winning streak that followed, Hill's breakout game against the Tigers leads off our 2013 best-of list.

4. Zach's Homecoming

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    Zach Mettenberger avoided the Georgia game like it was the plague.

    Before the season, he anticipated it, but as the game drew near, I could notice his demeanor changing. He was tired of answering questions about his former team, and the thought of fans harassing him in the 2011 SEC Championship Game against Georgia made him wary of what was to come. 

    But like all great players do, he rose to the occasion.

    Mettenberger passed for 372 yards and three touchdowns against his favorite team growing up, while rallying the Tigers drive after drive to match scores with Georgia.

    In defeat, his brilliant performance in a high-pressure situation made him a Heisman contender.

3. Rashard Robinson Steps Up

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    "No way," I thought.

    With the way LSU's defense was playing in 2013, I saw a very slim chance of LSU slowing down Texas A&M's Mike Evans.

    Enter Rashard Robinson—you know, the freshman cornerback who did not arrive on campus until August.

    At 6'1", Robinson matched up well against Evans physically, and his athleticism and natural abilities kept him all over Evans that night.

    Evans finished the day with just 51 yards and no touchdowns, while Robinson's interception served as an exclamation point to a stunning showcase.

2. Jarvis Landry Does It Again

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    I still don't know how he caught it.

    With an Arkansas defender in perfect position to intercept Zach Mettenberger, Jarvis Landry somehow reached around the defensive back and reeled in one of the best catches you'll ever see.

    Unfortunately, this play was bittersweet.

    On one side of the field, you had Tiger fans jumping for joy at the sight of Landry's astounding feat, while a lump arose in Tiger fans' throats on the other.

    Though Mettenberger's college career may have ended on this play with a torn ACL, Landry's catch will forever be known as one of the best catches ever made in an LSU uniform.

1. Odell Beckham's Missed Field Goal Return

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    Would Auburn have sent Chris Davis to field Alabama's field-goal attempt in the Iron Bowl without Odell Beckham breaking ground in September?

    Call Beckham a trend-setter.

    Back on Sept. 7, the Tigers trampled over a UAB team that was heavily outmatched in a 56-17 affair. The highlight of the game came when Beckham ran a field-goal attempt back 109 yards for a touchdown.

    Indeed, that night truly was the Odell Beckham Show, as he totaled 331 all-purpose yards against the Blazers.

    He was special in every single area of the game, but that night he did what no other man has ever done in Tiger Stadium by returning a field goal for a touchdown. The feat was so rare that he was the first man to accomplish it since Clemson's Richie Luzzi returned one back in 1968. Only four players have ever returned a missed field goal for a touchdown at the collegiate level and half of them did it in 2013.