1980 LSU Tigers football
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
1980 record7–4 (4–2 SEC)
Head coach
Home stadiumTiger Stadium
Seasons
← 1979
1981 →
1980 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 1 Georgia $ 6 0 0 12 0 0
No. 19 Mississippi State 5 1 0 9 3 0
No. 6 Alabama 5 1 0 10 2 0
LSU 4 2 0 7 4 0
Florida 4 2 0 8 4 0
Tennessee 3 3 0 5 6 0
Ole Miss 2 4 0 3 8 0
Kentucky 1 5 0 3 8 0
Auburn 0 6 0 5 6 0
Vanderbilt 0 6 0 2 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1980 LSU Tigers football team represented Louisiana State University (LSU) during the 1980 NCAA Division I-A football season.

Bo Rein was hired November 30, 1979 after four seasons at North Carolina State as the successor to Charles McClendon, who compiled a 137–59–7 record in 18 seasons. Rein's tenure was cut short after only 42 days when he died in a plane crash January 10, 1980. Jerry Stovall, a former LSU All-American and nine-year National Football League veteran with the St. Louis Cardinals, was approved as Rein's successor approximately 36 hours after the plane crash.

LSU was tied for first place in the Southeastern Conference following a Nov. 1 victory over Ole Miss, but subsequent one-sided road losses to Alabama and Mississippi State led bowls to snub the Tigers. LSU ended on a high note by drubbing bowl-bound Tulane.

As of 2020, this is the last LSU team to finish with a winning record and not be invited to a bowl.

Schedule

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 6No. 13 Florida State*L 0–16
September 13Kansas State*
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA
W 21–0
September 20Colorado*
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA
W 23–20
September 27at Rice*L 7–17
October 4at No. 19 FloridaW 24–7
October 11Auburn
W 21–17
October 18at KentuckyW 17–10
November 1Ole Miss
W 38–16
November 8at No. 6 AlabamaL 7–28
November 15at No. 19 Mississippi StateL 31–55
November 22Tulane*
W 24–7
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to the game

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Roster

1980 LSU Tigers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 7 Alan Risher So
WR 21 Tracy Porter Sr
WR 32 Orlando McDaniel Jr
RB 47 Hokie Gajan Sr
TE 89 Greg LaFleur Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 4 Chris Hutchinson So
CB 10 Frank Killeen So
CB 11 James Britt Jr
S 22 Chris Williams Sr
LB 51 Albert Richardson So
LB 94 Lyman White Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 5 David Johnston Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Darrell Moody
  • George Belu
  • Bishop Harris
  • Pete Jenkins
  • Bobby Morrison
  • Otis Washington
  • Greg Williams

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

Roster

References