Rein died in a plane crash 19 days
after LSU whipped
With the hatred rising to a boiling point against Nick Saban and Alabama, it should be noted that every win over the Crimson Tide is not only a payback to Saban for leaving LSU but is evening the score for what Bear Bryant did to his former pupil, McClendon.
Here was the McClendon record against current members of the SEC:
Ole Miss 9-8-1
The Mac record against
Some other notable changes in the
game since Mac departed in 1979 are apparent. Rohan Davey passed for 528 yards
At the close of the McClendon Era, Bert Jones was the all-time leader for passing yardage for an LSU quarterback with 3,225 yards in his All America career as a Tiger.
Jones also held the school record for yards passing in one game with 242 against Alabama in 1972, and the 200-yard mark had been eclipsed only six times by an LSU passer---twice by Jones and once by Y.A. Tittle, Jim Barton, Norm Stevens and Pat Screen.
The aerial game is the biggest change in the modern period of the college game. The result has been an increase in scoring. The most points ever scored against a McClendon defense between 1962-79 was 39 by Texas A&M in 1975. Only nine times did a foe pierce Mac's defenses for 30 points.
The great Nick Saban saw his vaunted defensive units surrendered 38 or more points on five occasions and allowed teams to put at least 30 points on the board 14 times in his five seasons at the helm in Death Valley.
In McClendon's final season, LSU's
non-conference schedule featured USC,
Imagine the ferocity of the Tiger
faithful if USC were to invade the stadium as the Trojans did on Sept. 29, 1979.
I was among the 78,322 fans who witnessed Charles White, Marcus Allen, Ronnie Lott and Co. edge the Tigers on that September night 28 years ago. Many of the LSU partisans were smoking incessantly as the Tigers tried to hang on against the mighty Men of Troy.
This year, fans won't be allowed to puff anywhere in the stadium as LSU yawns its way past Middle Tennessee and Louisiana Tech. Thank goodness for Virginia Tech and an attractive home slate against the league with dates against Florida, Auburn, South Carolina and Arkansas.
Jim Engster is the general manage