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As we move toward one of the most important Saturday's in recent AU history, here is a look back at some of the better AU/LSU games, along with other odds and ends.
(information from AU GameDay Notes)
Twelve of the 22 meetings in the Auburn-
LSU series since 1988 have been decided by less
than a touchdown. And like all good Southern
football series, many of those games have earned
memorable titles. Examples:
1988: LSU scored with 1:41 remaining to
down fourth-ranked Auburn, 7-6. The noise
from the Tiger Stadium crowd registered on a
campus seismograph, thus earning the contest
the title of “Earthquake Game.”
1994: Auburn returned three of its five
fourth-quarter interceptions for touchdowns to
rally from a two-touchdown deficit and win 30-
26. Auburn and LSU fans alike still recall the
1995: Wearing the traditional white jerseys
at home for the first time in 13 years, LSU
stunned fifth-ranked Auburn, 12-6, when Troy
Twillie intercepted Patrick Nix’s 11-yard pass
into the end zone with no time remaining. The
1997 LSU media guide referred to this game
under the heading “Bring Back The Magic.”
1996: “The Night The Barn Burned” will
long be remembered on the Plains. As the old
Auburn Sports Arena burned just outside
Jordan-Hare Stadium, LSU defeated Auburn 19-
15. After missing three field goals and an extra
point, Auburn cut LSU’s lead to 17-15 with :38
remaining, but Jon Cooley’s two-point pass
attempt was picked off by Raion Hill, who
returned it the other way for two points.
1997: Dameyune Craig led Auburn on an
80-yard, 10-play drive in the game’s final three
minutes to deliver a 31-28 upset of 10th-ranked
LSU in “The Comeback.” Rusty Williams capped
the drive on a 1-yard touchdown plunge with :30
remaining. LSU attempted a 65-yard FG on the
game’s final play, but Quinton Reese blocked it to
seal the Auburn win.
2004: With the threat of Hurricane Ivan
looming, members of the Auburn football team
spent Wednesday though Friday nights in hotels
as the Auburn University campus was closed, but
the game went on as scheduled. The seemingly
automatic extra point proved to be a challenge
for both teams, but a second chance for Auburn
allowed the Tigers to emerge with a 10-9 win in
“The Extra Point Game.” LSU missed the PAT
after its first-quarter touchdown, but still led 9-3
late in the game. After Courtney Taylor hauled in
a 16-yard score with just 1:14 left to tie the score,
Auburn missed its extra point. An LSU personal
foul gave John Vaughn a second chance, and he
delivered the winning point.
2005: The first overtime game between the
two teams was won by LSU, 20-17, when John
Vaughn’s 39-yard field goal attempt bounced off
the left upright. A 30-yard field goal by LSU’s
Chris Jackson to start the overtime turned out to
be the winning points. Jackson forced overtime
with a 44-yard field goal with just 1:40 left,
moments after Auburn had taken a 17-14 lead on
a 5-yard pass from Brandon Cox to Anthony Mix
on fourth down with 4:52 left.
2006: In a battle between two top-10 teams,
Brandon Cox’s 1-yard quarterback sneak in the
third quarter was the only touchdown in a 7-3
Auburn victory. No. 3 Auburn held off two late
scoring chances for No. 6 LSU, as Eric Brock
ended one drive by tipping away a fourth-down
pass, then tackled Craig Davis on the 4-yard line
on the game’s final play to preserve the victory.
2007: Matt Flynn hit Demetrius Byrd with a
22-yard scoring pass with just one second left to lift
No. 5 LSU to a 30-24 victory over No. 18 Auburn.
Brandon Cox had connected with Rodgeriqus
Smith on a 3-yard scoring pass with just 3:21 left to
give Auburn a 24-23 lead before Flynn’s pass
capped a 58-yard game-winning drive.
2008: Jarrett Lee’s 18-yard touchdown pass
to Brandon LaFell with 1:03 left gave No. 6 LSU a
come-from-behind 26-21 win over No. 10
Auburn in Jordan-Hare Stadium. Auburn had
taken a 21-20 lead with just 6:40 left when Chris
Todd found Robert Dunn for a 15-yard score,
before Lee led LSU on the game-winning drive.
In all, 21 of the 44 games played between the
two schools have been decided by a touchdown
or less, with LSU owning an 11-9-1 edge in those
VS. TEAMS RANKED NO. 6
Auburn has an all-time record of 4-4
against teams ranked No. 6 in the Associated
Press poll. Ironically, Auburn’s last two games
against No. 6-ranked teams were also against
LSU, in 2006 and 2008. No. 3 Auburn won the
2006 game, 7-3, and LSU won the 2008 contest
over No. 10 Auburn, 21-16. Auburn’s other victories
over No. 6-ranked teams came in 1954
(14-13 over Miami (Fla.)), 1963 (10-8 over
Alabama) and 1965 (23-18 over Kentucky.
Auburn has a better record against No. 6 teams
when the Tigers are not ranked (2-1) then when
Auburn is ranked (2-3).
ON THIS DATE
Auburn has an all-time record of 11-5 on
Oct. 23, including a 4-1 record in games played in
Auburn. The Tigers are 4-0 when playing on Oct.
23 as a ranked team, with wins in 2004 (42-10 vs.
Kentucky), 1971 (35-13 vs. Clemson), 1959 (21-6
vs. Miami) and 1937 (21-0 at Georgia Tech).
Auburn is 0-1 when playing nationally-ranked
teams on Oct. 23, losing at Tulane, 21-6, in 1948.
Auburn, which just concluded its seventh
consecutive winning month of September, is
293-149-18 (.657) all-time in the month of
October. The Tigers are 28-11 (.718) in their last
39 games in October.
This post was edited by LXI904 on 10/18/2010 at 8:31 AM
TIGER, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
I think this team is ready for any thing.WDE
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