1970 Auburn Tigers football team
|1970 Auburn Tigers football|
Gator Bowl Champions
|1970 record||9–2 (5–2 SEC)|
|Head coach||Ralph Jordan|
|Home stadium||Cliff Hare Stadium|
|1970 SEC football standings|
|#7 LSU †||5||–||0||–||0||9||–||3||–||0|
|#20 Ole Miss||4||–||2||–||0||7||–||4||–||0|
|† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1970 Auburn Tigers football team under the leadership of coach Ralph "Shug" Jordan completed the regular season with a record of 8–2. Auburn went on to the Gator Bowl against Ole Miss by a score of 35–28. They completed the season with a record of 9–2 and were ranked #20 in the AP poll and #15 in the UPI.
The Tigers broke the SEC record for total yards for the regular season up to that point with 4,850, exceeding the previous record of 4,725 yards set by the 1942 Georgia Bulldogs. They had 1,965 yards rushing and 2,885 yards passing."
|September 19, 1970||Southern Miss*||Cliff Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL||W 33–14||48,500|
|September 26, 1970||#17 Tennessee||Legion Field • Birmingham, AL||W 36–23||65,306|
|October 3, 1970||at Kentucky||#12||Stoll Field • Lexington, KY||W 33–15||37,500|
|October 10, 1970||at Clemson*||#9||Memorial Stadium • Clemson, SC||W 44–0||41,202|
|October 17, 1970||#16 Georgia Tech*||#8||Cliff Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL||W 31–7||62,391|
|October 24, 1970||#14 LSU||#6||Cliff Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL (Tiger Bowl)||L 9–17||62,392|
|October 31, 1970||Florida||#12||Florida Field • Gainesville, FL (Rivalry)||W 63–14||62,560|
|November 7, 1970||Mississippi State||#10||Legion Field • Birmingham, AL||W 56–0||45,000|
|November 14, 1970||Georgia||#8||Cliff Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL (Deep South's Oldest Rivalry)||L 17–31||61,791|
|November 28, 1970||vs. Alabama||#11||Legion Field • Birmingham, AL (Iron Bowl)||W 33–28||71,774|
|January 1, 1971||vs. Ole Miss||#10||Gator Bowl Stadium • Jacksonville, FL (Gator Bowl)||W 35–28||71,136|
The first big test of the season came against Tennessee in Birmingham, AL. Tennessee came in ranked #17 in the country and Auburn was not ranked. Auburn overcame a 10–0 deficit to win 36–23. It was the only loss for Tennessee and cost them the SEC championship.
In a rivalry known for frequent close games, this one wasn't. It was the worst defeat for either side since 1917, when Auburn won 68–0. Pat Sullivan completed 21 of 27 passes for 366 yards and four touchdowns with three of them caught by Terry Beasley in the 63–14 drubbing. It was also Florida's homecoming game. It marked Auburn's fourth victory in a row against the Gators.
Auburn's first loss of the season came against LSU. LSU did not lose to any SEC team that year and won the SEC Championship. They did not have to play Tennessee.
Alabama scored first on an 80-yard touchdown drive 3:17 into the game; then drove 70 yards to add another. After a pair of turnovers, another drive of 71 yards stalled at the 9 and they added a field goal to take the lead 17–0. Auburn finally scored midway through the second half with a touchdown and added a field goal to make it 17–10 at the half. They would then tie the game at 17 midway through the third. Alabama added a field goal at the beginning of the 4th quarter and Auburn answered tying the game again. Auburn then took the lead 27–20 and the Tide answered with a two-point conversion to take the lead by one. With 3:56 left to go in the game, Wallace Clark dove in for a touchdown from the three giving Auburn the lead by 6. Pat Sullivan threw the two-pointer to Terry Beasley, but the play was nullified by illegal motion and the subsequent attempt was intercepted. Alabama was unable to score again and Auburn won 33–28.
In an unusual matchup between two teams from the same conference, Auburn met Ole Miss in the Gator Bowl. (The two teams did not meet during the regular season.) It was a matchup between two top quarterbacks, Pat Sullivan for Auburn and Archie Manning for the University of Mississippi. Archie Manning was recovering from a broken arm suffered on November 7, yet played against LSU a month later with his arm. Auburn won 35–28. Coach Jordan was unable to attend the game.
Awards and honors
- 2011 Auburn Tigers Football Media Guide, Auburn University Athletic Department, Auburn, Alabama, p. 184 (2011). Retrieved August 19, 2011
- 1970 Auburn Tigers set new team offensive record in SEC Rome News–Tribune, Sunday 13, 1970 p. 8-C.
- 2005 Auburn Tigers Football Media Guide, Auburn University Athletic Department, Auburn, Alabama, pp. 142, 178–180 (2005). Retrieved August 19, 2011
- Notable AU/UT games auburnfootballfanforum.com. Retrieved August 22, 2011.
- Florida Routed Again; Alabama Wins 35–6 Milwaukee Journal, November 1, 1970, p. 6. Retrieved August 22, 2011
- Auburn Tabbed To Spoil Gators' Homecoming Sarasota Herald-Tribune, October 31, 1970, p. 1-C. Retrieved August 22, 2011.
- With 23 Points in the Last Half, Auburn Rallies to Down Tide Florence Times–Tri Cities Daily, December 29, 1970, pp. 17–18. Retrieved August 22, 2011.
- Auburn, Alabama To Record Wins: Gator Bowl Florence Times–Tri Cities Daily, December 30, 1970, p. 12. Retrieved August 22, 2011.",