Historic futility for AU football

TUSCALOOSA - The worst stretch of three Southeastern Conference games in Auburn history ended Saturday with a 49-0 beating at the hands of Alabama.

Auburn defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder screams his displeasure during the Iron Bowl/Robin Conn photo

The Tigers lost 63-21 at home to Texas A&M on Oct. 27, 38-0 at home to Georgia on Nov. 10 and to Alabama on Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

How bad was it?

* In total, Auburn was outscored 150-21 and was shut out twice.

* Those three teams combined for 18 first-half possessions and scored 16 touchdowns.

* Auburn was outscored 87-0 by Alabama and Georgia, its two biggest rivals.

* Auburn was shut out by both Georgia and Alabama for the first time since 1906.

* All three losses could have easily been much worse. Each of the three teams pulled its starting quarterback after the first series of the third quarter.

* The 49-point margin in Saturday's game was the highest in the Iron Bowl since Alabama won 55-0 in 1948, the year the series resumed.

* The 38-point loss to Georgia tied a 45-7 loss a year earlier for Auburn's most lopsided loss in series history.

* The 42-point margin against Texas A&M tied the most lopsided Auburn loss ever at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

* Texas A&M's 63 points were the most given up by an Auburn team since 1917.

* In those three games, Auburn was outgained 1651 yards to 736 yards

* The average score of those three games was 50-7.

And then there was the unhappy history made by going 3-9 overall and 0-8 in the SEC.

* The 2012 team became the first Auburn since the 0-10 team of 1950 to lose nine games in a season.

* Eight SEC losses is the most in school history.

* Auburn is the first of the SEC's traditional powers to go 0-8 in the SEC.

* In those eight SEC losses, Auburn was outscored 272-81.

* Auburn will go into next season on a 10-game SEC losing streak.

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