1972 Auburn Tigers football team

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1972 Auburn Tigers football
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Gator Bowl Champions
Gator Bowl, W 24–3 vs. Colorado
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
Coaches #7
AP #5
1972 record 10–1 (6–1 SEC)
Head coach Ralph Jordan
Home stadium Cliff Hare Stadium
Seasons
« 1971 1973 »
1972 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#7 Alabama 7 1 0     10 2 0
#5 Auburn 6 1 0     10 1 0
#11 LSU 4 1 1     9 2 1
#8 Tennessee 4 2 0     10 2 0
Georgia 4 3 0     7 4 0
Florida 3 3 1     5 5 1
Ole Miss 2 5 0     5 5 0
Kentucky 2 5 0     3 8 0
Mississippi State 1 6 0     4 7 0
Vanderbilt 0 6 0     3 8 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1972 Auburn Tigers football team under the leadership of coach Ralph "Shug" Jordan completed the regular season with a record of 9–1, earning them an invitation to the Gator Bowl against Colorado, which they won by a score of 24–3. They completed the season with a record of 10–1 and ranked #5 in the AP poll and #7 in the UPI.[1]

Five players were named all-SEC first team for 1972: defensive back Dave Beck, tail back Terry Henley, offensive tackle Mac Lorendo, defensive end Danny Sanspree, and defensive tackle Benny Sivley.[2]

The famous Punt Bama Punt game took place during the 1972 season, where Auburn, trailing Alabama 16–0 with 10 minutes left in the game, came back to win 17–16 after scoring a field goal followed by two blocked punts that were returned for touchdowns.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 9, 1972 at Mississippi State Mississippi Veterans Memorial StadiumJackson, MS W 14–3   40,000
September 23, 1972 Chattanooga* Cliff Hare StadiumAuburn, AL W 14–7   43,000
September 30, 1972 #4 Tennessee Legion FieldBirmingham, AL W 10–6   69,483
October 7, 1972 at #18 Ole Miss #17 Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium • Jackson, MS W 19–13   46,421
October 14, 1972 at #8 LSU #9 Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA L 7–35   70,132
October 21, 1972 Georgia Tech* #14 Cliff Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL W 24–14   60,261
October 28, 1972 #17 Florida State* #12 Cliff Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL W 27–14   58,122
November 4, 1972 at Florida #11 Florida FieldGainesville, FL (Rivalry) W 26–20   57,551
November 14, 1972 Georgia #8 Cliff Hare StadiumAuburn, AL (Deep South's Oldest Rivalry) W 27–10   62,448
December 2, 1972 vs. #2 Alabama #9 Legion Field • Birmingham, AL (Iron Bowl, Punt Bama Punt) W 17–16   72,386
December 30, 1972 vs. #13 Colorado* #6 Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, FL (Gator Bowl) W 24–3   71,114
*Non-conference game.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 2011 Auburn Tigers Football Media Guide, Auburn University Athletic Department, Auburn, Alabama, p. 184 (2011). Retrieved August 19, 2011
  2. ^ a b 2005 Auburn Tigers Football Media Guide, Auburn University Athletic Department, Auburn, Alabama, p. 142 (2005). Retrieved August 19, 2011

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