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siberian tiger
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1979 LSU vs usc
The athletic as an oral history of that game by Bruce Feldman....The story goes USC team at a theatre watching a movie and after movies over the team starts to walk out they open up the doors there's a bunch of fans yelling tigerbait tigerbait.....another story about the walkthrough on Friday afternoon at Tiger stadium over 5,000 people yelling and spitting at them according to quarterback Paul McDonald....who also says that the night before the game he couldn't sleep and the trainer gave him a muscle relaxer and a sleeping pill and according to McDonald he didn't really wake up until the second quarter of that game


NorthshoreTiger76
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re: 1979 LSU vs usc
my daddy said he threw a car battery at John Robinson but missed


redfish99
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re: 1979 LSU vs usc
Was purely epic night in TS. That ending was incredibly upsetting for everyone there. Fist and only time I’d ever heard my father cuss .


KC Tiger
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re: 1979 LSU vs usc
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another story about the walkthrough on Friday afternoon at Tiger stadium over 5,000 people yelling and spitting at them


I also heard a bunch of Tiger fans cursed out little girls while hurling piss balloons and fecal matter at their mothers.

Those Tiger Fans.......smh.


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tigerinridgeland
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Mississippi
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re: 1979 LSU vs usc
It was probably the best game ever that LSU lost. The crowd gave a standing ovation to the team at the end of the game. The only time I have ever seen LSU fans do that in a loss.
I also remember a friend whose parents were USC alums telling me they were fearful for their safety as they walked to the stadium because the Tiger Baiting was so loud. I can’t remember now the names of the buildings, but they were walking between them, and the Tiger Baits were echoing off the walls.


TigerBR1111
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Baton Rouge
Member since Sep 2014
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re: 1979 LSU vs usc
My first game as a student. We were stomping our feet on the metal bleachers the entire game. LSU kicked butt all over the field that night but USC found a way to pull it out at the end. We were chanting “LSU! LSU!” leaving the stadium after the game.
I have attended pretty much every single big LSU home game since then and have never again seen Tiger Stadium like it was that night.


BilltheTiger
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Dallas, TX
Member since Jul 2013
626 posts

re: 1979 LSU vs usc
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LSU kicked butt all over the field that night but REFEREES found a way to pull it out at the end.

I was at that game. The LSU fans stood for the whole game, both student section and regular fans. The call against Thibideaux was completely bogus..


rrboy
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re: 1979 LSU vs usc
Everything was awesome that night but the final score


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JodyPlauche
Baton Rouge
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re: 1979 LSU vs usc
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The call against Thibideaux was completely bogus..


It was not bogus...he grabbed the facemask. It's on YouTube.

The problem is...USC should have been called for a false start.


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2geaux
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1986 posts

re: 1979 LSU vs usc
I was there! First big game my freshman year. I wasn't really aware of the craziness that is Saturday Night in Death Valley until that night! What an unforgettable experience! Legendary for all LSU fans.
Benji Thibedeaux did not facemask McDonald!


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Tiger on the Rag
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re: 1979 LSU vs usc
I was at the game and it was a hard loss to take. We also loss a heartbreaker that same yea to bama in the rain 3-0.


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CoachBurg
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Virginia
Member since Sep 2016
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re: 1979 LSU vs usc
There was a pep rally on the parade grounds and one of the players announced that the USC team should be arriving soon at the stadium to do their walk through. So many of us ran to the stadium and that is why there were so many of us there when the USC buses arrived


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EastBankTiger
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Member since Dec 2003
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re: 1979 LSU vs usc
Ironically, John Robinson, then USC's coach, would be Senior Consultant for the Tigers last year for their NC run.

Marcus Allen, then a Sophomore, would also be on LSU's sideline much of the year.


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turnpiketiger
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Texas by way of Acadiana.
Member since May 2020
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re: 1979 LSU vs usc
An ole miss fan at work said he’ll never go back to Baton Rouge because LSU fans threw glass bottles at him and he walked out of the stadium and saw people pissing in the streets.

I can’t make this shite up.


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Lsupimp
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re: 1979 LSU vs usc
The thing about this game that doesn't translate to young Tiger fans is the REGIONAL aspect of this game. In 1979, the US was far more regional and this matchup was a chance for a provincial program like LSU to have a shot at the the big West Coast powerhouse. It really was a point of state pride that doesn't even exist anymore. There isn't a sense of regional or state pride anymore like there was at that time.

I was at the game as a wee lad and the hype leading up to the game was epic. The Jim Nasium stuff on the radio had me ready to punch them in the metaphorical face. It was fever-pitch in LSU-like a Bama game would be now, but with a real Southern chip-on-our-shoulder element that does not exist today. Different times .


dukke v
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re: 1979 LSU vs usc
The better team lost that night.


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dukke v
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re: 1979 LSU vs usc
I try not to let refs differ my opinion on games but that was a horrible call.


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dukke v
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re: 1979 LSU vs usc
LSU also played Bama at home the same year and lost a 3-0 struggle that they outplayed Bama. The toughest LSU team I have ever witness.


JEAUXBLEAUX
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Bayonne, NJ
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re: 1979 LSU vs usc
We were screed. I listened to the game on WWL from my office at the U of South Carolina. .


NOSTRODAMUS
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re: 1979 LSU vs usc
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LSU also played Bama at home the same year and lost a 3-0 struggle that they outplayed Bama.


We did not outplay them. We only crossed midfield twice and managed only 167 total yards. It was the most lopsided 3-0 game ever.


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