The Big Lead
Jarvis Landry made this miraculous one-handed catch against Arkansas in the fourth quarter.
Stats: Eight receptions for 113 yards
Key Plays: 17-yard reception in first quarter for third down conversion, 12-yard one-handed reception in third quarter for first down conversion, 32-yard one-handed reception in fourth quarter, called play for Anthony Jennings game-winning touchdown pass to Travin Dural
Of all the individual performances to make this list, Jarvis Landry's superb game against Arkansas is the least impressive statistically. In fact, it was not one of Landry's best box scores either.
Landry did not catch one of his 10 touchdown receptions on the season. He accumulated more receiving yards against Georgia, Ole Miss and Auburn than he did against Arkansas.
But if it weren't for Landry, the Tigers would have probably lost to the Razorbacks in the last installment of the rivalry on Thanksgiving weekend, for the foreseeable future. He lead the Tigers to a thrilling 31-27 victory.
Landry's co-pilot in LSU's air raid this season has been fellow junior receiver Odell Beckham Jr. The two have complimented each other beautifully. But against Arkansas, Beckham Jr. had to leave the game in the first quarter due to previous nagging injuries.
Landry produced despite an injured Beckham Jr. On LSU's opening drive, he caught an early 17-yard pass for a third-down conversion. Running back Terrence Magee would eventually score a touchdown.
In the third quarter, Landry caught an inaccurate Mettenberger pass with one hand for another third-down conversion. Running back Jeremy Hill would run for a 52-yard touchdown on the next play.
If Landry had not made either of these conversions, these two touchdowns would not have happened.
Landry performed a feat of receiver wizardry in the fourth quarter when he snagged another one-handed catch for 32 yards. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger would get injured on the play, but thankfully LSU was already in field-goal range.
But Landry's best play of the game involved neither of his hands.
Backup quarterback Anthony Jennings lead the Tigers on a 99-yard touchdown drive to give LSU a 31-27 lead. Jennings threw a 49-yard touchdown pass to Travin Dural, who was open because of Landry.
Landry begged the LSU coaching staff to run “Tsunami Seam Six Seventy-Nine”, a play from former offensive coordinator Greg Studwara's playbook. Landry's route drew the safety and the corner towards him, which left an open Dural down the sideline for an easy score.
The play perfectly summed up Landry's game and career. He is a cerebral player who will do anything to help the team.
Arkansas' secondary was putrid this season, but that shouldn't take away from Landry's brilliant performance. It is difficult to take over a game as a possession receiver, but the Lutcher native did so with his mind as much as his hands.
Landry did not have Beckham Jr. or Mettenberger for the full four quarters. Yet he still played the best game of his career when LSU needed him the most.
Landry saved LSU head coach Les Miles from a gigantic amount of criticism. Miles' squad was a three-touchdown favorite over Arkansas, yet the struggling Razorbacks outplayed the Tigers in Death Valley. The message boards would have tarred and feathered Miles if he had lost, as it would have been the second time the Tigers lost as a touchdown favorite on the season.
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