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A BIG NIGHT IN A LI'L OL' TOWN
William Johnson
September 30, 1968
With the governor serving as cheerleader and all Baton Rouge behind him, LSU's Tigers get their season off to a roaring start by snatching a win from Texas A&M when a ball is lost at the goal line
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September 30, 1968

A Big Night In A Li'l Ol' Town

With the governor serving as cheerleader and all Baton Rouge behind him, LSU's Tigers get their season off to a roaring start by snatching a win from Texas A&M when a ball is lost at the goal line

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At this point A&M struck back. Edd Hargett fired two superb passes for 47 and 23 yards, and suddenly Tiger Stadium burst into noisy alarm. The governor pounded the wall. The Aggies were on the LSU five. Two plays gained one yard. Then Hargett pitched wide to Bob Long. Long raced to within a foot of the goal, was hit just as he took the last step toward the end zone and dropped the ball. It rolled—as if obeying a gubernatorial decree—through the end zone and out of bounds for an automatic touchback and LSU took over, its victory in hand. The stadium was delirious. The governor was delirious. Texas A&M probably was delirious, too. That Baton Rouge is one real football town, my fren'.

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