1972 Auburn Tigers football team

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1972 Auburn Tigers football
Auburn Tigers logo.svg
Gator Bowl champion
Gator Bowl, W 24–3 vs. Colorado
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 7
APNo. 5
1972 record10–1 (6–1 SEC)
Head coachRalph Jordan (22nd season)
Home stadiumCliff Hare Stadium
Seasons
← 1971
1973 →
1972 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 7 Alabama $ 7 1 0     10 2 0
No. 5 Auburn 6 1 0     10 1 0
No. 11 LSU 4 1 1     9 2 1
No. 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]

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 9at Mississippi StateW 14–340,000
September 23Chattanooga*W 14–743,000
September 30No. 4 TennesseeW 10–669,483
October 7at No. 18 Ole MissNo. 17
  • Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium
  • Jackson, Mississippi
W 19–1346,421
October 14at No. 8 LSUNo. 9L 7–3570,132
October 21Georgia Tech*No. 14
  • Cliff Hare Stadium
  • Auburn, Alabama
W 24–1460,261
October 28No. 17 Florida State*No. 12
  • Cliff Hare Stadium
  • Auburn, Alabama
W 27–1458,122
November 4at FloridaNo. 11W 26–2057,551
November 14GeorgiaNo. 8W 27–1062,448
December 2vs. No. 2 AlabamaNo. 9
W 17–1672,386
December 30vs. No. 13 Colorado*No. 6W 24–371,114
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to the 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