1971 Auburn Tigers football team

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1971 Auburn Tigers football
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Sugar Bowl, L 40–22 vs. Oklahoma
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
Coaches #5
AP #12
1971 record 9–2 (5–1 SEC)
Head coach Ralph Jordan
Captain Pat Sullivan
Home stadium Cliff Hare Stadium
Seasons
« 1970 1972 »
1971 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4 Alabama 7 0 0     11 1 0
#7 Georgia 5 1 0     11 1 0
#12 Auburn 5 1 0     9 2 0
#15 Ole Miss 4 2 0     10 2 0
Tennessee 4 2 0     10 2 0
LSU 3 2 0     9 3 0
Vanderbilt 1 5 0     4 6 1
Florida 1 6 0     4 7 0
Kentucky 1 6 0     3 8 0
Mississippi State 1 7 0     2 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1971 Auburn Tigers football team represented Auburn University in the 1971 college football season. The Tigers offense scored 335 points while the defense allowed 182 points. Quarterback won the SEC titles sharing with Alabama. Alabama handed Auburn their only 2 conference loss of the year Pat Sullivan won the Heisman Trophy.

Season[edit]

In the Iron Bowl, both teams entered the regular season finale undefeated: Auburn lost to Alabama, 31–7. On New Year's Day, the Tigers lost to Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl, 40-22.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 18, 1971 Chattanooga* #7 Cliff Hare StadiumAuburn, AL W 60–7   45,000
September 25, 1971 at #9 Tennessee #5 Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN W 10–9   62,990
October 2, 1971 #9 Kentucky #5 Cliff Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL W 38–6   48,000
October 9, 1971 Southern Miss* #4 Cliff Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL W 27–14   42,000
October 16, 1971 at Georgia Tech* #5 Grant FieldAtlanta, GA W 31–14   62,204
October 23, 1971 Clemson* #5 Cliff Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL W 35–13   55,000
October 30, 1971 Florida #5 Cliff Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL (Rivalry) W 40–7   63,500
November 6, 1971 Mississippi State #5 Cliff Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL W 30–21   45,000
November 13, 1971 at #7 Georgia #6 Sanford StadiumAthens, GA (Deep South's Oldest Rivalry) W 35–20   62,891
November 27, 1971 vs. #3 Alabama #5 Legion FieldBirmingham, AL (Iron Bowl) L 7–31   68,821
January 1, 1972 vs. #3 Oklahoma* #5 Tulane StadiumNew Orleans, LA (Sugar Bowl) L 22–40   84,031
*Non-conference game.

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Team players in the NFL[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Terry Beasley Wide Receiver 1 19 San Francisco 49ers
Pat Sullivan Quarterback 2 40 Atlanta Falcons
Dick Schmalz Wide Receiver 17 440 Minnesota Vikings

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Awards and honors[edit]

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