THE LSU TIGERS, WHO HAD made a humble pregame request to wear
white, were instead undressed by White. Quarterback Stan White.
On this evening in the bayou, White completed 20 of 28 passes for
282 yards and one touchdown, a 57-yarder to wideout Thomas Bailey
that was the epitome of the play-action pass. White also broke the
school record for career passing yards, held by 1971 Heisman winner
Pat Sullivan, who was on hand to watch his mark fall. And White even
rushed for two TDs himself as Auburn handed LSU a 34-10 defeat -- the
Tigers' worst home loss in 18 years.
''Since I've been at Auburn, this is probably one of the best wins
we've had, home or away,'' said White. ''Especially away.'' He was
right. Auburn hadn't won on the road since a 24-22 victory over
Vanderbilt, on Oct. 12, 1991.
Earlier in the week, white the color, not the quarterback, had
been at issue. LSU, in celebration of its centennial season, had
planned to wear white jerseys for all its home games this fall -- a
bow to a tradition on the bayou that had lasted from 1958 to 1983.
Auburn coach Terry Bowden was only too happy to acquiesce to the
Bengals' fashion request, since his team was already 2-0 in '93
wearing its home blue uniforms.
It was all very genteel until the NCAA stepped in. Invoking the
somehow- overlooked ''jersey color rule,'' the NCAA warned LSU that
if it wore white at home, the school would be cited for a ''lack of
With the dress code thus enforced, the purple Tigers (LSU) jumped
out to a 7-0 first-quarter lead, then promptly rolled over and played
dead. The white Tigers (Auburn), who had gained only 34 yards in the
opening quarter, rolled up 226 more -- and 21 unanswered points -- in
It had been a long time since an Auburn team played with such
confidence outside Jordan-Hare. Auburn long snapper Brian Brinsfield
noted a difference not only in his team's attitude away from home but
also in its accommodations. ''We're used to staying at posh hotels,''
said Brinsfield, ''but Coach Bowden put us up at a Holiday Inn where
the rooms open onto the street. People -- LSU fans, I guess -- kept
driving by and honking their horns. They were trying to wake us up
Instead, it was Auburn that gave a wake-up call to the rest of the
SEC. Now 3-0, these Tigers were White-hot.
This is an article from the Dec. 17, 1993 issue