1979 LSU Tigers football
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Record7–5 (4–2 SEC)
Head coach
Home stadiumTiger Stadium
Seasons
← 1978
1980 →
1979 Southeastern Conference 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 and was succeeded by former LSU All-American Jerry Stovall.

Schedule

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResult
September 15at Colorado*W 44–0
September 22Rice*W 47–3
September 29No. 1 USC*No. 20
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA
L 12–17
October 6FloridadaggerNo. 17
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA (rivalry)
W 20–3
October 13at GeorgiaNo. 13L 14–21
October 20Kentucky
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA
W 23–19
October 27No. 8 Florida State*
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA
ABCL 19–24
November 3at Ole MissdaggerW 28–24
November 10No. 1 Alabama
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA (rivalry)
L 0–3
November 17Mississippi State
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA (rivalry)
W 21–3
November 24at No. 18 Tulane*ABCL 13–24
December 22vs. Wake Forest*MizlouW 34–10
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to the game

Roster

1979 LSU Tigers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 3 Carlos Carson Sr
QB 5 Steve Ensminger Sr
QB 7 Alan Risher Fr
QB 8 David Woodley Sr
RB 9 LeRoid Jones Sr
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

References