In my continuing series of posts on my favorite memories from Tiger Stadium, I will write about the 1995 Auburn versus LSU game. After experiencing heartbreak in my first few visits to Baton Rouge, I was hungry for a big win.
Gerry DiNardo had excited the fan base and promised to bring the “Magic” back to Tiger Stadium. The game was title “The Bring the Magic Game” so something big had to happen.
Auburn was ranked #5 in the country and a heavy favorite over LSU even at a
sold out Death Valley on Saturday night.
I remember the crowd being as loud as I had ever heard and everyone sensed LSU had a chance to pull off the upset. Something special seemed to be in the air that Saturday night. Maybe it was magic. The game was a typical Auburn/ LSU slugfest with both teams struggling to score.
Jamie Howard passed for 220 yards and the defense held Auburn to 2 field goals. Howard was a player who I despised in my youth, but have grown to forgive him as I matured into adulthood. I now realize he was only doing his best, but some of my worst memories of LSU football are with him as quarterback. This night was not one of those nights.
Just as it seemed LSU was going to ice the game, Auburn drove the length of the field and had 4 shots at the end zone to win the game. LSU’s defense rose to the challenge and held Auburn without scoring as Troy Twillie intercepted a desperation 4th down heave.
The crowd was yelling so loud that the hair on the back of my neck was standing up. I will never forget that moment. LSU fans were on top of the world and continued chanting LSU-LSU-LSU all the way out of the stadium into the parking lot.
The LSU/Auburn series has so many remarkable games which I am now able to say that I was part of one.
Gerry DiNardo had brought back the magic and delivered to me my first big win in Tiger Stadium.