Recalling that game in a tribute column, Tuscaloosa News sports writer Cecil Hurt said he asked Smith afterward what he was thinking during the comeback.
Smith responded with two words, in Latin: “Deo Gratis.” (Thanks be to God.)
Smith spent his final two years as a coach at Arizona before retiring in 1997. He is survived by his wife, Kathy; two daughters, Cari Carpenter and Kim Hall; and four grandchildren. UCLA will hold a memorial service on campus June 12.