In 1978 Charley Pell's final Clemson squad came into the Textile Bowl at 5-1 and #20 in the nation to take on Bo Rein's 5-1 but unranked NC State Wolfpack in Raleigh.
Led by QB Steve Fuller, RB Lester Brown, and WRs Jerry Butler and Dwight Clark on offense, along with LBs Bubba Brown and Randy Scott on defense, the Tigers completed a 33-10 massacre of the ‘Pack. Clemson would finish the 11-1 (6-0 ACC) ACC championship season off in style by beating Woody Hayes's last Ohio State Buckeye team 17-15 in Jacksonville, FL at the Gator Bowl to end up at #6 in the final polls.
NC State would complete a 9-3 season by beating Pittsburgh in the Tangerine Bowl to finish fifteenth in the nation.
Following the 1979 season, Rein left NC State to become the head coach at LSU. In early January, while returning from a recruiting trip, his plane crashed. There were no survivors and Rein never coached a game for LSU.
The flight was supposed to be just a short trip (less than one hour) but something went terribly awry and the pilot got lost trying to avoid a storm. The plane drifted 1000 miles off course and climbed to an altitude well over the planes maximum certified rating.
The cause of the crash was never determined but the though was the cabin likely depressurized and caused the occupants to black-out. The plan crashed in the ocean after running out of fuel. The bodies of Rein and the pilot were never found.