The day was October 8th, 1988, and the LSU Tigers were at home against Auburn. You know that they call it “Death Valley” for a reason, but this probably explained exactly why.
79,431 fans were packed into Tiger Stadium to watch, and thought they might be disappointed when Auburn led 6-0 heading into the final minute of the game. But their fortunes changed.
Here is how an article on Wikipedia describes the final minute:
The game’s name resulted from the reaction of the crowd after the final pass. According to legend, it registered as an earthquake by a seismograph located in LSU’s Howe-Russell Geoscience Complex around 1,000 feet (305 m) from the stadium.
The seismograph reading was discovered the morning after the game by LSU seismologist Don Stevenson and student worker Riley Milner. Word of the seismograph reading reached The Daily Reveille and spread to the local media. Stevenson submitted the reading to the Louisiana Geological Survey to have it preserved. Stevenson displayed a copy of the reading on his office window on the LSU campus that was later observed by an ESPN news crew, who were on campus doing a story sometime prior to when Stevenson left LSU in the summer of 1991. The news crew decided to do a piece on what they dubbed “The Earthquake Game.” This news story helped to add more attention to the event.
It probably won’t get that loud today, but now you know just what it is like to be a part of Game Day in Baton Rouge.