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25 years later, former Tigers relive "Earthquake Game"

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BATON ROUGE - Twenty five years ago the crowd's roar in Tiger Stadium shook the Earth in what's called "The Earthquake Game."

Today former LSU quarterback Tommy Hodson relived the moment the Tigers registered on a seismograph during a defensive battle against Auburn on Oct. 8, 1988.

"North over zip, 48 snag," Hodson said. "I saw the safety leave the middle of the field, so I knew Eddie was going to be able to slip behind the linebackers. The rest is history."

The Tigers would end up winning over No. 4 Auburn 7-6 after Hodson's pass to tailback Eddie Fuller on 4th and 10 with 1:41 left in the game. When Fuller scored the crowd erupted.

"It was loud. I mean I had no idea at the time that it made a seismograph register across campus. It was really exciting," said the "Voice of the Tigers" Jim Hawthorne.

The Death Valley eruption registered on the seismograph in LSU's Howe-Russell Geoscience Complex nearby.

"It made the ground shake quite a bit, and it's been historically implanted in the minds of all my students here at LSU," said LSU seismologist Dr. Juan Lorenzo.

Dr. Lorenzo says you can see the same movement during every LSU football game, especially when the LSU band plays. But "The Earthquake Game" started it all.

"I think the game will always be special and important, because it started the thing. Before that date I don't think we had earthquake seismometers on campus," he said.

Hodson says he's grateful to be a part of the rich history of LSU.

"It's always been loud in Tiger Stadium, before I got there and after I left. We're just lucky that the professor left that machine on and it became such a big story," he said.

LSU went on to win the Southeastern Conference Championship that season. The seismograph is on display at the LSU Hill Memorial Library on campus through December 21.


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