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Dalton Hilliard burst onto the national scene in Gainesville on this date in '82

as unranked LSU upset #4 Florida, 24-13 at Florida Field (LSU's third straight win in Gainesville ).

Hilliard, and Garry James, had become household names to the Tiger Nation as two weeks earlier they rushed for 133 and 128 yards respectively in routing Oregon State, 45-7(LSU was the last SEC team to start play in 1982 starting on Sept 18). Then Rice was crushed, 52-13 the following week.LSU struggled with the same two in 1981 needing a last minute TD to top Oregon State,27-24 and never really could put Rice away 28-14 as LSU was en route to a 3-7-1 record almost costing Stovall his job and did cost some of his assistants' their jobs after the humiliating loss to Tulane.

While not much was expected from LSU outside of Louisiana, Florida went into 1982 ranked #16. After an impressive home win on national television over then #10 Southern Cal, 17-9 to start the season ,the Gators moved to #10 themselves. Wins over a Jim Kelly led #15 Miami team and Mississippi State had the Gators ranked #4 as LSU came to town.

The 1982 season was still two years away from ESPN showing live games (they would show games in their entirity the following day and throughout the following week),the SEC game of the week (originally on WTBS) so even the top teams weren't on tv but maybe three times max during a season.I can't remember which one, but either WBRZ or WAFB worked out a deal with LSU,Florida and probably the SEC to show the LSU-Florida game live (while Tigervision was on in 1982,this game was not on Tigervision).

Florida moved the ball on their first possession and settled for a 28 yard field goal to go up 3-0.After that, it was all LSU.Hilliard scored on an 11 yard touchdown run and "Magic" Juan Betanzos added a 21 yard field goal and LSU led 10-3 after one.

While Hilliard got the headlines that day (and deservedly so)Alan Risher played a remarkable game,himself. The two hooked up on a 41 yd pass to make it 17-3. Risher did bobble a snap around LSU's own goal after a 70 yd Gator punt and the Gators smothered him in the endzone for a safety to make it 17-5. But that didn't turn things around for Florida.Indeed,Risher and Hilliard hooked up again for a three yard td pass as LSU went into intermission up 24-5.

Image: http://goldenrankings.com/bngolden3/DaltonHilliardLSU1.jpg


LSU wouldn't score again and Florida got in the endzone until Wayne Peace hit Mike Mularkey with a little over a minute left. Those two hooked up for the two point conversion and the game ended shortly thereafter with LSU winning 24-13.(Mularkey had a pretty good NFL career as a player. In addition to two forgetful terms as an NFL head coach, he was Nick Saban's offensive coordinator at Miami in 2006 and Cam Cameron's TE coach in 2007 with the Dolphins.)

LSU cracked the top 20 (didn't go to top 25 until 1989) at #18 after the Florida win. Oddly enough, LSU rose to 16th the following week after Tennessee and LSU battled to a 24-24 tie in what would have been the LSU program's 500th win.


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re: Dalton Hilliard burst onto the national scene in Gainesville on this date in '82
Many here are too young to remember Dalton as an LSU player, but that guy was phenomenal. No LSU running back since, maybe excluding Kevin Faulk, has ever been as good.

Cecil, Hill, Toefield, Addai, Smith, Davis, etc.... don't even compare. (Cecil had the chance, but blew it)


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re: Dalton Hilliard burst onto the national scene in Gainesville on this date in '82
Great recap! Was my first road game as student. Our d also was awesome think we held them 0-3 on 4th downs and 1 yd. also after they jumped out 3-0 Eric Martin made great catch.


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LaBR4
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Really wish I could have seen him play.


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Anyone have video link for that game?


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Hilliard, and Garry James, had become household names to the Tiger Nation as two weeks earlier they rushed for 133 and 128 yards respectively in routing Oregon State, 45-7


My first game in Tiger Stadium.

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The 1982 season was still two years away from ESPN showing live games (they would show games in their entirity the following day and throughout the following week),the SEC game of the week (originally on WTBS) so even the top teams weren't on tv but maybe three times max during a season.I can't remember which one, but either WBRZ or WAFB worked out a deal with LSU,Florida and probably the SEC to show the LSU-Florida game live (while Tigervision was on in 1982,this game was not on Tigervision).


A HUUUUUGE reason why fans in 1982 tended to stay for the whole game...because it was the ONLY way to see the damn thing. You wanted to see The Tigers play live, you went to the games.

Didn't Dalton absolutely run over a linebacker for the Gators that went on to become a huge player in the NFL while crossing the goal line on a TD? Can't recall who it was, but it was a spectacular hit and you could tell the guy had no idea Dalton was bringing that to him.


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I WAS THERE !
My Dad took me and a friend.
It Was epic!
One of my favorite games ever.


Lsupimp
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re: Dalton Hilliard burst onto the national scene in Gainesville on this date in '82
LINK 55 second mark.


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LINK 55 second mark.


Watching Dalton skate around the field like that was just glorious. Nobody ran/runs like that.


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re: Dalton Hilliard burst onto the national scene in Gainesville on this date in '82
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Many here are too young to remember Dalton as an LSU player, but that guy was phenomenal. No LSU running back since, maybe excluding Kevin Faulk, has ever been as good. Cecil, Hill, Toefield, Addai, Smith, Davis, etc.... don't even compare. (Cecil had the chance, but blew it)


While I agree, prepare for the hate as many feel Hill is the best RB EVER to wear an LSU Jersey.


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I remember a few years ago people here used to joke/talk about Keiland Williams' calves.

Dalton Hilliard had thighs the size of kegs. Some Alabama LB made the mistake of being in Dalton's way at Legion Field around midfield as Dalton caught a screen pass and began to accelerate. That poor guy's ears are probably still ringing.


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Paul Allen
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Many here are too young to remember Dalton as an LSU player,


You act like he played in the 50's.


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re: Dalton Hilliard burst onto the national scene in Gainesville on this date in '82
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LINK 55 second mark.


What a sweet video, complete with a brassy 1970's score and the obligatory bass voiceover. My favorite moment was when Hilliard demolished the two Bama DB's.

(I'm glad they ommitted the mortifying Tulane loss.)


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re: Dalton Hilliard burst onto the national scene in Gainesville on this date in '82
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Really wish I could have seen him play.



I got to see him first hand while playing at EDW. Us and Patterson battled it out every year for the District Championship. Dude was a freak starting as a 9th grader. They had a one two punch with Hillard and Butler. Butler was a man child as well but don't think he had it upstairs. I don't even think he went on to play college ball.

His senior year we were playing at EDW and he had 125 yards in the first quarter until he...errr we broke his ankle. Not proud of that but it was what it was back then.
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dandan
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re: Dalton Hilliard burst onto the national scene in Gainesville on this date in '82
"Eye of the Tiger" came out earlier that year and I always seem to relate the 82 Fla game with it. I was a young kid then and barely remember the game but I remember how big of a deal it was winning it.


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Hilliard was a BEAST!! Love the "bandits" name during that video. I remember having a poster with oranges all over the field!


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The screen pass against Florida is my single favorite offensive play in LSU history.


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1982 team was my favorite growing up. Damn strong defense!!


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