I was a freshman Tiger Band member then. A few things about that game stick out in my mind:
1. The NOISE. At that time, the capacity of Tiger Stadium was 68,000. That night, over 70,000 were in attendance. When we formed the tunnel for pregame, the team came out and we began to play the fight song. My ears hurt from the sheer volume of noise, the fans were jumping up and down, and between the fans' jumping and the players running, the earth shook below us (although it didn't register at the Geology Department!) I couldn't hear myself playing, so I pulled my trumpet away from my mouth and screamed as loudly as I could--I couldn't even hear myself scream! AMAZING!
2. The team played badly. I remember thinking that we were a ranked team about to lose to a nobody. We were flat, and Ole Miss played out of their minds.
3. Hope. When Ole Miss was up by 6, and Steve Lavinghouse missed the field goal for Ole Miss, I felt some hope.
4. Tiger Band. At that point, Band Director Bill Swor instructed us to begin playing Tiger Rag, over and over again to the end of the game. The team FINALLY started moving down the field.
5. 1 second left. When Brad Jones' pass to Jimmy Ledoux was tipped by an Ole Miss defender, the SE stands erupted (that was where Ole Miss fans were). But there was 1 second left. When Jones took the next snap, the horn sounde immediately and Jones got the pass off just as he was being tackled. When Brad Jones caught the ball, the stadium exploded. When Rusty Jackson kicked the extra point, the party was on.
6. Postgame. We played music in the stands for 30 minutes after the game, and the Tiger fans stayed and danced and sang with us. The only empty seats were in the SE stands!
What a great memory that remains!