RC Slocum had built Texas A&M into a national power and by 1990. The Wrecking Crew defense was a fearsome unit. Most frustrating, Baton Rouge native Bucky Richardson was emerging as their QB while LSU struggled to replace Tommy Hodson with Chad Loup and Sol Graves.
The GameChad Loup started the game at quarterback under the unassailable logic that if you lose to Vandy, you lose your starting gig. So Sol Graves went to the bench and Loup came out in a no huddle offense.