1979 LSU Tigers football team

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1979 LSU Tigers football
Conference Southeastern Conference
1979 record 7–5 (4–2 SEC)
Head coach Charles McClendon (18th season)
Home stadium Tiger Stadium
Seasons
← 1978
1980 →
1979 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Alabama $ 6 0 0     12 0 0
Georgia 5 1 0     6 5 0
No. 16 Auburn 4 2 0     8 3 0
LSU 4 2 0     7 5 0
Tennessee 3 3 0     7 5 0
Kentucky 3 3 0     5 6 0
Ole Miss 3 3 0     4 7 0
Mississippi State 2 4 0     3 8 0
Vanderbilt 0 6 0     1 10 0
Florida 0 6 0     0 10 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1979 LSU Tigers football team represented Louisiana State University (LSU) during the 1979 NCAA Division I-A football season. Under head coach Charles McClendon, the Tigers had a record of 7–5 with a Southeastern Conference record of 4–2. It was McClendon's 18th and final season as head coach at LSU.

Bo Rein, who led NC State to the 1979 Atlantic Coast Conference championship, was hired six days after the regular season finale, but McClendon and his staff coached the Tangerine Bowl vs. Wake Forest. Rein perished in a bizarre plane crash January 10, 1980, only 42 days after his hiring.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 15 at Colorado* Folsom FieldBoulder, Colorado W 44–0    
September 22 at Rice* Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, Louisiana W 47–3    
September 29 at No. 1 USC* No. 20 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, Louisiana L 12–17    
October 6 at Floridadagger No. 17 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, Louisiana (Rivalry) W 20–3    
October 13 at Georgia No. 13 Sanford StadiumAthens, Georgia (SEC) L 14–21    
October 20 at Kentucky Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, Louisiana (SEC) W 23–19    
October 27 at No. 8 Florida State* Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, Louisiana ABC L 19–24    
November 3 at Ole Miss Rebelsdagger Mississippi Veterans Memorial StadiumJackson, Mississippi (Magnolia Bowl) W 28–24    
November 10 at No. 1 Alabama Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, Louisiana (Rivalry) L 0–3    
November 17 Mississippi State Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, Louisiana W 21–3    
November 24 at No. 18 Tulane* Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans (Battle for the Rag) ABC L 13–24    
December 22 at vs. Wake Forest* Orlando StadiumOrlando, Florida (Tangerine Bowl) Mizlou W 34–10    
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game.

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Roster[edit]

1979 LSU Tigers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 7 Alan Risher Fr
WR 21 Tracy Porter Jr
WR 32 Orlando McDaniel So
TE 89 Greg LaFleur Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 11 James Britt So
S 22 Chris Williams Jr
CB 37 Willie Teal Sr
LB 51 Albert Richardson Fr
DE 86 John Adams Sr
LB 94 Lyman White Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster

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