1978 LSU Tigers football
Liberty Bowl, L 15–20 vs. Missouri
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Record8–4 (3–3 SEC)
Head coach
Home stadiumTiger Stadium
Seasons
← 1977
1979 →
1978 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 1 Alabama $ 6 0 0 11 1 0
No. 16 Georgia 5 0 1 9 2 1
Auburn 3 2 1 6 4 1
LSU 3 3 0 8 4 0
Tennessee 3 3 0 5 5 1
Florida 3 3 0 4 7 0
Mississippi State 2 4 0 6 5 0
Ole Miss 2 4 0 5 6 0
Kentucky 2 4 0 4 6 1
Vanderbilt 0 6 0 2 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1978 LSU Tigers football team represented Louisiana State University (LSU) during the 1978 NCAA Division I-A football season. Under head coach Charles McClendon, the Tigers had a record of 8–4 with a Southeastern Conference record of 3–3. It was McClendon's 17th season as head coach at LSU.

Schedule

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendanceSource
September 16Indiana*No. 13W 24–17
September 23Wake Forest*No. 10
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA
W 13–1177,197
September 30at Rice*No. 11W 37–7
October 7at FloridaNo. 11W 34–2155,457
October 14GeorgiaNo. 11
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA
L 17–2477,158
October 21at KentuckyNo. 16W 21–057,918[1]
November 4Ole MissNo. 12
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA (rivalry)
ABCW 30–873,120
November 11at No. 3 AlabamaNo. 10ABCL 10–3176,831
November 18at Mississippi StateNo. 17L 14–16
November 25Tulane*
W 40–2175,876[2]
December 2Wyoming*
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA
W 24–17
December 31vs. No. 18 Missouri*ABCL 15–2053,064
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Roster

1978 LSU Tigers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 4 Charles Alexander Sr
WR 3 Carlos Carson Jr
QB Steve Ensminger Jr
  Hokie Gajan
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 37 Willie Teal Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Game summaries

Wyoming

Hokie Gajan ran the opening kickoff back 99 yards for a touchdown and Charles Alexander passed the 4,000 career rushing yard mark for his career.[3]

References

  1. ^ D.G. FitzMaurice (October 22, 1978). "Alexander Halted but LSU Rolls, 21-0". Sunday Herald-Leader. pp. C1, C7 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ "Woodley, Alexander were LSU's insurance". Alexandria Daily Town Talk. November 26, 1978. Retrieved October 19, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1978 Dec 03. Retrieved 2019-Jan-21.