1973 Auburn Tigers football team

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1973 Auburn Tigers football
Auburn Tigers logo.svg
Sun Bowl, L 17–34 vs. Missouri
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
1973 record6–6 (2–5 SEC)
Head coachRalph Jordan (23rd season)
Home stadiumJordan–Hare Stadium
Seasons
← 1972
1974 →
1973 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 4 Alabama $ 8 0 0     11 1 0
No. 13 LSU 5 1 0     9 3 0
Ole Miss 4 3 0     6 5 0
No. 19 Tennessee 3 3 0     8 4 0
Georgia 3 4 0     7 4 1
Florida 3 4 0     7 5 0
Kentucky 3 4 0     5 6 0
Auburn 2 5 0     6 6 0
Mississippi State 2 5 0     4 5 2
Vanderbilt 1 5 0     5 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1973 Auburn Tigers football team achieved an overall record of 6–6 and 2–5 in the SEC under head coach Ralph "Shug" Jordan.[1] They were invited to the 1973 Sun Bowl where they lost to Missouri 17–34.

On September 13, 1973, the Thursday before Auburn's first home game of the season, Auburn's home stadium, known up to that time as Cliff Hare Stadium, was renamed in honor of the Ralph Jordan, marking the first time a stadium has been renamed for an active coach. Harry Philpott, President of Auburn University at that time, said "Renaming the stadium is really in keeping with the outstanding job Coach Jordan has done during his outstanding career", adding that, "It also brings together two great eras of athletic achievement."[2]

Four players were named to the All-SEC first team for 1973: Benny Sivley (DT), Steve Taylor (C), Mike Fuller (DB), and David Langner (DB).[3]

On December 1, Alabama avenged their stunning loss the previous year in the Iron Bowl game that became known as "Punt Bama Punt" by shutting out Auburn 35–0.

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 15vs. Oregon State*No. 12W 18–945,000
September 22Chattanooga*W 31–046,500
September 29at No. 9 TennesseeNo. 11L 0–2171,656
October 6Ole MissW 14–756,500
October 13LSUL 6–2064,331
October 20at Georgia Tech*W 24–1059,123
October 27No. 12 Houston*W 7–058,426
November 3FloridaNo. 19L 8–1263,429
November 10Mississippi StateW 31–1748,427
November 17at No. 20 GeorgiaL 14–2859,700
December 1vs. No. 1 AlabamaL 0–3569,418
December 19vs. MissouriL 17–3430,127
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to the game

[3]

Roster[edit]

1973 Auburn Tigers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR Tom Gossom Jr
C 55 Lee Gross Jr
RB Mitzi Jackson
  Chris Linderman
TE 80 Dan Nugent Jr
C Steve Taylor Sr
QB Randy Walls
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB Ken Bernich Jr
DB 42 Mike Fuller Jr
LB Carl Hubbard
DB David Langner Sr
LB Bill Newton
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2011 Auburn Tigers Football Media Guide, Auburn University Athletic Department, Auburn, Alabama, pp. 182–184,150–151 (2011). Retrieved August 19, 2011
  2. ^ "Stadium Renamed To Honor Jordan" Tuscaloosa News, August 24, 1973. Retrieved August 22, 2011.
  3. ^ a b 2005 Auburn Tigers Football Media Guide, Auburn University Athletic Department, Auburn, Alabama, pp. 142–142, 180 (2005). Retrieved August 19, 2011