Former LSU running back and tight end, Billy Cannon died at his home, peacefully, in St. Francisville Sunday morning. He was 80 years old.
In 1959, on Halloween night, Cannon led #1 LSU to a victory over #3 Ole Miss.
The Tigers were trailing 3-0 when Cannon returned a punt 89 yards for a touchdown, breaking 7 tackles along the way.
It was the only touchdown of the game, resulting in a 7-3 victory for LSU in Tiger Stadium.
That year, Cannon won the Heisman Trophy.
Former Ole Miss All-American Marvin Terrell describes what it was like trying to stop Cannon on that punt return.
"Cannon wasn't even supposed to catch that ball, Terrell said. "It hit on that wet turf and bounced right to him. He couldn't get out of the way. So he grabbed it and took off down the sidelines."
Terrell said he knew he wouldn't be able to stop Cannon by the time he reached him.
"I was the last one chasing him," Terrell said. I just couldn't catch him and he ran all the way for that TD that won the game."
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