November 17, 2012; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers wide receiver Odell Beckham (3) celebrates with teammates wide receiver Jarvis Landry (80) and safety Micah Eugene (34) after returning a punt for a touchdown during the fourth quarter of a game against the Ole Miss Rebels at Tiger Stadium. LSU defeated Ole Miss 41-35. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Way Back Wednesday: Odell Beckham, Jr 89-Yard Punt Return vs. Ole Miss (GIF)

It was a play that brought back memories of Billy Cannon when Odell Beckham fielded an Ole Miss punt and raced along the right sideline and scored on an 89-yard play to save LSU vs. the Rebels.

With LSU trailing 35-28 vs. the upset-minded road team with fewer than 10 minutes to play in the game, Beckham made a play that will live in infamy.


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Now the significance of Beckham’s run wasn’t on the same level of the former Heisman trophy winner, but it was pretty dang awesome that gave the fans at Tiger Stadium something to get off their feet and yell about in an otherwise ugly game.

“What a spectacular game that was,” an overly-animated LSU Coach Les Miles said. “It was their (Ole Miss) night. When you find a team (LSU) that fights beyond that when it was never their night, that some how some way they’re going to win, man that’s special. []

The game saw seven turnovers–three by LSU–and 12 combined penalties as LSU trailed for much of the game. The Tigers needed a Jeremy Hill–his third of the game–with 15 seconds left to escape with a 41-35 win.

Beckham leads the nation in all-purpose yards and is one of the most dangerous return men in the country, so maybe history will repeat itself on Saturday night when the two teams meet Saturday night in Oxford.

Compare Beckham’s run to Cannon’s here:

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