1970 LSU Tigers football
SEC champion
Orange Bowl, L 12–17 vs. Nebraska
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 6
APNo. 7
1970 record9–3 (5–0 SEC)
Head coach
Offensive schemeI formation
Base defense4–3
Home stadiumTiger Stadium
(capacity:67,500)
Seasons
← 1969
1971 →
1970 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 7 LSU $ 5 0 0 9 3 0
No. 4 Tennessee 4 1 0 11 1 0
No. 10 Auburn 5 2 0 9 2 0
No. 20 Ole Miss 4 2 0 7 4 0
Florida 3 3 0 7 4 0
Georgia 3 3 0 5 5 0
Alabama 3 4 0 6 5 1
Mississippi State 3 4 0 6 5 0
Vanderbilt 1 5 0 4 7 0
Kentucky 0 7 0 2 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1970 LSU Tigers football team represented Louisiana State University during the 1970 NCAA University Division football season.

Following a 3–0 loss to No. 2 Notre Dame at South Bend, LSU was extended a bid to face Big Eight Conference champion Nebraska in the Orange Bowl. However, the bid was contingent on the Tigers defeating both Tulane at New Orleans and Ole Miss at Baton Rouge in the final two weeks of the season.

Still steaming about being shut out of the major bowl games in 1969 despite a 9–1 record, LSU responded to the challenge. The Tigers overcame a stubborn Tulane squad, which went on to defeat Colorado in the Liberty Bowl, and then dismantled Ole Miss 61–17 in front of a large television audience and nearly 70,000 fans in Tiger Stadium. In that game, Tommy Casanova tied an NCAA record with two punt return touchdowns in a single game, Craig Burns returned a third put for a touchdown, and Ronnie Estay sacked Rebel quarterback Archie Manning for a safety.[1]

In the Orange Bowl, LSU led Nebraska 12-10 after three quarters, but a late touchdown by Jerry Tagge lifted the Cornhuskers to a 17–12 victory and the Associated Press national championship.

Casanova and linebacker Mike Anderson were recognized as consensus All-Americans.

Schedule

DateOpponentRankSiteResultSource
September 19Texas A&M*No. 12L 18–20
September 26Rice*
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA
W 24–0
October 3Baylor*
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA
W 31–10
October 10Pacific (CA)*No. 19
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA
W 34–0
October 17KentuckyNo. 15
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA
W 14–7
October 24at No. 6 AuburnNo. 14W 17–9
November 7at No. 19 AlabamaNo. 11W 14–9
November 14Mississippi StateNo. 9
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA (rivalry)
W 38–7
November 21at No. 2 Notre Dame*No. 6L 0–3
November 28at Tulane*No. 6W 26–14[2]
December 5No. 16 Ole MissNo. 8
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA (rivalry)
W 61–17
January 1, 1971vs. No. 3 Nebraska*No. 5L 12–17
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Roster

1970 LSU Tigers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
C 71 Dennis Mclean (C) Sr
HB 24 Art Cantrelle Jr
SB 3 Al Coffee So
WR 80 Andy Hamilton Jr
QB 18 Buddy Lee Sr
QB 7 Bert Jones So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 45 Mike Anderson Sr
DB 37 Tommy Casanova Jr
DT 78 Ron Estay Jr
DT 73 John Sage Sr
DE 79 John Wood So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 25 Mark Lumpkin Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster

Team players drafted into the NFL

Player Position Round Pick NFL team
Buddy Lee Quarterback 7 126 Chicago Bears
Mike Anderson Linebacker 9 216 New York Jets
John Sage Linebacker 17 420 Philadelphia
Dennis Mclean Offensive Lineman 10 261 Pittsburgh Steelers. He Decided to serve in Vietnam rather than join the NFL

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References

  1. ^ "Tiger Den Archives – V". Golden Rankings. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
  2. ^ "Tulane loses to LSU, but comes up winner". Alexandria Daily Town Talk. November 29, 1970. Retrieved October 1, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1971.htm[bare URL]