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FLBooGoTigs1
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re: 1982 LSU football looked like a fun season
I remember Jeffery Dale and Liffort Hobley. I know Dale went to the San Diego chargers and Hobley went to the Steelers in the NFL draft. The reason I remember because I was a Air Correl and Dan Fouts guy and my brother was a Steelers fan. They were solid db’s at LSU before we became officially know as DBU. Greg Jackson was a great safety for us later also.

ETA: if I am wrong on that draft statement then oh well I didn’t look it up hopefully I remembered way back when
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Deke
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re: 1982 LSU football looked like a fun season
I remember the day of the Bama game, I gave a pint of blood early that morning. Listened to the game on the radio, and it is unreal what giving a pint of blood and drinking about 14 beers will do for you. Damn sure happy after that game. LSU beat the crap out of them and it wasn't even close.


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Lsupimp
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re: 1982 LSU football looked like a fun season
That team was STACKED but poorly coached. I loved that team- talent everywhere. The Alabama game was exactly the same as if we beat Bama now - just extreme joy- and the manner in which we beat them was great. Just an absolutely brutal physical beat down. I watched that game for $10 at the Prince Murat on Nicholson. And then that dog rolling in during the FSU massacre and Risher throwing dimes all night.


Deke
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re: 1982 LSU football looked like a fun season
Fog, maybe???


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SloaneRanger
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re: 1982 LSU football looked like a fun season
Remember that season well. First game was on September 18. How did we go from that to playing in August?


Anfieldtiger8
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re: 1982 LSU football looked like a fun season
Down vote for calling me a oldtimer
I'm overly sensitive. I was a sophomore and Hilliard was fun to watch


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Im4LSUnTN
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re: 1982 LSU football looked like a fun season
So many huge Wins season, yet then followed by inexplicable bad losses to Miss St and Tulane that never should have happened. They should have been u defeated going to the Orange Bowl playing for a NC if only they took care of business those 2 games when they were huge favorites.

Most memorable games...1) The FSU raining oranges game, 2) Alabama at the old Legend Field where the Bear admitted it was there worse eat down in years, 3) @ FL win was there co omg out party where the national media began taking them seriously, and 4) the 21-20 loss to NE was an Amazing game where we were huge underdogs.

Also the year that Jerry Stovall won AP national coach of the Year. Then was fired a year later by Big Bad Broad head as a hired gun AD who brought in Bill after going 4-7..

There were a huge number of Seniors on that Defense who went on to play pro...Leonard Marshall at DT was a MAN-beast who then had an illustrious career for the NY giants. He was the best on a really talented D.

On offense, Martin converted from RB to become an All - SEC WR that year. Then had a good NFL career with the Saints.

Lastly, the Dalton - James Gang...first time 2 incoming freshman RBs co-started. They along with Risher and Martin made that offense explosive. Question...will 2019 season be a repeat of 1982 where 2 highly talented freshman RBs co-start and Light it up like the Dalton-James Gang memories? Sure hope so.


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Gorilla Ball
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re: 1982 LSU football looked like a fun season
Good question - I know they only played 11 games


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GeauxTigerTM
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re: 1982 LSU football looked like a fun season
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Old timers, please feel free to share your memories of the 1982 season and the good old days.


First...eat a bag of dicks for calling me old.

Second, yeah...it was my first real season following religiously as a 12 year old. My dad was in what was called the tiger Booster Club back then and we'd gone to some fund raising crawfish boil somewhere in St. Bernard I think and I got to meet incoming freshman Dalton Hilliard and Gary James. Went to my first game that season against Oregon St, and then got to see the game against FSU later that year with the fog rolling in and the oranges flying.

I remember crying when LSU lost a heart breaker to Nebraska in the Orange Bowl. Ended up losing to those a-holes two more time that decade in the sugar Bowl. It's why, to this day, there's no OOC teams I want to schedule more than Nebraska. They are overdue and LSU beat-down in the worst kind of way...


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MetryTyger
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re: 1982 LSU football looked like a fun season
My sophomore year at LSU. The student section was absolutely crazy. At that time you just showed your student ID and we usually got to the stadium several hours before game time.
I would say the FSU game was the most anticipated game since USC '79. The winner would get an Orange Bowl bid. Of course there were no oranges left in Baton Rouge stores :)
It is without a doubt THE loudest Pregame/Hold That Tiger ever, rivaled later by the '2007 Florida game Pregame. The final few minutes were played in an eerie fog. And I remember going down on the field afterward and everyone was going totally nuts - because this was the first major bowl game for LSU since the '74 Orange. We partied our butts off that night :)


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I-59 Tiger
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re: 1982 LSU football looked like a fun season
That season was off the charts. It was my junior season. Even for homers like myself going into that season most of us were "cautiously optimistic." That 1981 team was bad, every bit as bad as 3-7-1 indicates. No gut wrenching 'last minute losses.'

Actually that 1981 team was supposed to have been pretty good. SI had us preseason #19 and ABC moved the Alabama game up to Labor Day weekend Saturday night for national TV. We were drubbed 24-7 and it wasn't that close. Notre Dame, in Gerry Faust's first game beat us the next week and then was ranked #1 (they went on to a 5-6 record and Faust's tenure was basically in peril every game until his final game in 1985). We beat a terrible Oregon State team in the last minute and it was obvious LSU just wasn't very good that year.

Tulane had gone to bowls in 1979 and 1980 and was okay in 1981. They started off 0-4 including a fairly close loss to eventual champion Clemson in the Superdome. But the ghosts of LSU's 62-0 wins in 1958,1961 and 1965 came back to terrorize LSU. Tulane won 48-7 with fake punts, fake field goals, just humiliated us. Stovall barely saved his hide but he cut the cord with some of the assistants he inherited from Bo Rein.

LSU started the season rather late,even for 1982 on Sept 18. The Tigers creamed that same Oregon State team, 45-7.The Dalton James gang was born that night with the two true freshman rushing for over 110 yards each. Rice, who LSU beat methodically 28-14 in 1981, fell 52-13. Sure, Oregon State and Rice weren't good,but LSU just POUNDED them.NOT ONCE did they give them hope.

Florida in Gainesville was up next.Charley Pell was putting together a good program --which would go in the NCAA Federal Penitentiary,as well as himself,two years later. The Gators had gone from 0-10-1 to 8-4 and 7-5. They had just beaten Southern Cal on ABC and were 4th in the nation-- ahead of Alabama and Georgia.

Speaking of ABC, this was the twilight of rigid television rules,which would be another good off-season topic as I'm sure I've lost 90% of those who started reading this post.But remember ESPN wouldn't be allowed to show live game for two more years.WTBS wouldn't start until next year. CBS did start televising games in 1982 but teams were limited to number of appearances but had autonomy in declining games to be televised (as LSU had done in 1979 vs Alabama). Teams could have their home games televised on "pay per view" as 'Tigervision' was born that year. They also could show road games LIVE with the opponent's permission.

Local stations could also televise local teams' games by jumping through hoops. WBRZ was able to (with Florida's permission) to show that Florida game live.Dalton Hilliard became a household name after that game. Florida scored first,but LSU got up 24-3 and then 24-5 at halftime. Florida scored late to make the final 24-13,but LSU had dominated in the yet to be named Swamp.

The Tigers entered the polls at #18 and would face the Big Orange of Tennessee.As usual in Johnny Majors' first 6 or 7 years in Knoxville. The Vols had one of the SEC's,if not country's,most talented teams. Willie Gault and Reggie White among others were on that team. But they struggled to win many game.The Vols came to Baton Rouge 2-2 with losses to Auburn and a home game vs Duke and narrow wins over Washington State and Iowa State.

The win over Florida was LSU's 499th in program history.There was a bar in Tigerland at the time in a location across from the Fred's parking lot and by the ditch and rr tracks called "Scarlett O'Hara's." They prematurely sold t-shirts that said in effect "I was there for LSU's 500th win. We beat Tennessee"something like that.

Well,you know how that turned out. LSU blew a 24-14 4th quarter lead. The Vols tied it 24-24 and then kicker Fuad Reviez missed a 52 yd fg by about 2 feet with :06 left. Sitting in the NEZ in the student section watching that kick roar toward the South end zone it looked perfect. The crowd was silent but exploded as it dropped below 10 feet after 50 feet.(The Vols did upset then #2 Alabama, 35-28 the next week to an 11 game losing streak to the Tide.)

Oddly enough LSU ROSE in the polls to 16th. LSU held Kentucky in Lexington to less than 90 total yards and clobbered UK,34-10 to secure the 500th win.

The next week for homecoming LSU wore purple vs South Carolina.No one would have guessed at the time that LSU would HAVE to wear purple at home from 1983-1994. LSU won, 14-6, in close game but frustrating game. SC never threatened but LSU couldn't put it away.



I-59 Tiger
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re: 1982 LSU football looked like a fun season
The next week for homecoming LSU wore purple vs South Carolina.No one would have guessed at the time that LSU would HAVE to wear purple at home from 1983-1994. LSU won, 14-6, in close game but frustrating game. SC never threatened but LSU couldn't put it away.

Still, LSU was up to #13 with Ole Miss up next.The Rebels in what would be Steve Sloan's last season were 3-4 and fresh off a televised loss to Vanderbilt.For whatever reason the Rebels were brimming with self-confidence beyond false bravado.

The coin toss brought out of those deals where bought teams came to midfield and brief skirmishes broke out.The Rebels won the toss and chose to receive.They were ready! Ole Miss promptly fumbled the kickoff inside their 20 and LSU scored on the first play of scrimmage. Tiger Stadium was in its glory. It was 17-0 at the end of the first and 31-0 at halftime. LSU put a savage beatdown on Ole Miss winning 45-8 holding them to minus 50 yards rushing.

The Tigers were now #11 and 6-0-1 heading to Birmingham to face #8 and 7-1 Alabama. As like Tennessee three weeks earlier, LSU was looking for their first win over Alabama in 11 meetings. LSU's last win over the Tide had been at Legion Field in an ugly 14-9 win in 1970. Several time in that time frame LSU had had teams capable of winning as in 1977 and 1978 but would collapse under the pressure of beating Bryant.

Not this team. On an absolutely fabulous football weather day, LSU came roaring out of the locker room down the western sideline to the South end zone goal post and sprinted to their positions for calisthenics. 7 point underdog or not,LSU was ready.

In 1971 the year after Alabama's last loss to Tennessee and LSU (and others)Bryant put in the wishbone which had been virtually unstoppable until the 1981 season. They had shown some weaknesses in '82 even at 7-1,but they had beaten Penn State on this same field four weeks earlier 42-21. While the final was misleading, Penn State did go on and win the 1982 National Title.They were still good.

After a scoreless first quarter, LSU put together a 90 yard march to go up 7-0. Then it was 14-0. The Tide muffed the ensuing kickoff and LSU took a 17-0 lead to the locker room. Alabama, who in the 11 game winning streak vs LSU had put up 35,30,28,31 and 28 points vs LSU during this run. The Tide trudged the locker room with ZERO first downs. "0".

Alabama didn't quit. They cut it to 17-3 and then on LSU's first play from scrimmage after the kickoff the Tigers fumbled.The Tide scored on the next play and all of the sudden it was 17-10.

But the Tigers didn't panic. A drive started in the third quarter culminated with a clinching fg by "Magic Juan" Betanzos early in the 4th to make it 20-10. LSU held the ball for 12 minutes in the 4th and mercy kneed the Tide to end the game inside the Alabama 10. Bryant shocked the football world by hinting at retirement declaring that was had been their 'worst whipping since the 60's'.

Now #6 in the country and 7-0-1, LSU went to Starkville for the first time since 1923.This was LSU's first game on national TV that year with ABC and Al Michaels doing the game. The Tigers took the #1 team statistically in defense to Starkville. But John Bond and State were as healthy as they had been all year.Mississippi State ran all over the Tigers rushing for over 300 yards. It came down to a Dana Moore 45 yard field goal with :20 left. The hope for an SEC title had died in Auburn an hour earlier when Georgia held on to a 19-14 win over the Plainsmen. Now and unbeaten season was in peril. Moore's kick was good and State had a 27-24 upset.

Now 7-1-1 and ranked 12th, LSU had Florida State up next. Now it would be another 5 seasons before the Seminoles became the behemoth that they were throughout the 90's.But they were very good and ranked 7th. Two things happened leading up to that game that hard impossible to imagine now. The first is LSU turned down CBS' request to move the game to daytime for television. The second is new AD Bob Brodhead brokered a deal with the Orange Bowl,Gator Bowl and Florida State.

The Bowls had automatic conference tie ins so if things played out, Georgia was in the Sugar as SEC champ, SMU was in the Cotton as SWC champ and Nebraska was in the Orange as Big 8 champ. They also were ranked 1,2 and 4 as independent Penn State was headed to the Sugar. Pittsburgh,in Dan Marino's last year wanted the Cotton. The LSU-Fla State coalition convinced the Orange they were more attractive than Arkansas, Arizona State or Washington. So, the Florida State-LSU winner would go to Miami and the loser would go to Jacksonville.

Having seen for years the winning side of the Nebraska-Oklahoma game pelt the field with oranges, LSU fans emptied out the orange selection at every grocery in EBR. Fans brought them in by the bags. LSU destroyed a very,very good Florida State game 55-21 that ended in fog where those in the West Upper Deck couldn't see the field. But oranges rained in and out of the fog in one of Tiger Stadium's craziest moments ever. It is truly "must see."

"Something happened" the next week.

Nebraska, who was 11-1 and had lost early to Penn State on the road with some strange officiating, 27-24, was loaded and was everybit as good as Penn State,Georgia,and SMU. LSU led 17-7,but fell 21-20.

Great season.


Htowntiger90
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Houston
Member since Dec 2018
153 posts

re: 1982 LSU football looked like a fun season
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The 1982 team was probably the least talented good team in LSU history.


You say this but the following guys played many years in the NFL:
Leonard Marshall
Dalton Hilliard
Eric Martin
Lance Smith
Eugene Daniel

And yep, Jeffery Dale & James Britt already mentioned as NFL guys. I think Garry James was with the Lions for a few years too.
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YouAre8Up
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re: 1982 LSU football looked like a fun season
Fans didn't bail out of the stadium right before halftime.


winntiger
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re: 1982 LSU football looked like a fun season
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Are you high? Marshal, Dardar Elko Al Richardson Melancon Eric Martin Risher Hilliard James And I know I know that I’m forgetting several guys... That team was loaded! GEAUX TIGERS!!!!!


Ricky Chatman at LB as well


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NOSTRODAMUS
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Member since Dec 2003
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re: 1982 LSU football looked like a fun season
two of the best things about that season: John Ferguson and Sid Crocker



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Ponchy Tiger
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Member since Aug 2004
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re: 1982 LSU football looked like a fun season
I was 14 and had always watched LSU games with my Dad but this was the season where I fell in love with LSU.


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TheBaker
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Member since Jan 2004
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re: 1982 LSU football looked like a fun season
Can you imagine the potential of Bo Rein leading that team?


KLSU
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Baton Rouge
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re: 1982 LSU football looked like a fun season
I remember being at the Oranges game (FSU) and how loud and crazy Tiger Stadium was that night.

Unfortunately, I was also remember being at the Tulane game


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Old
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re: 1982 LSU football looked like a fun season
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1982 LSU football looked like a fun season
Texas would have whipped LSU in 82 by 30.


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