1979 Auburn Tigers football team

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1979 Auburn Tigers football
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Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
AP No. 16
1979 record 8–3 (4–2 SEC)
Head coach Doug Barfield (4th year)
Offensive scheme Veer, I
Defensive coordinator P. W. Underwood (3rd year)
Home stadium Jordan–Hare Stadium
Seasons
← 1978
1980 →
1979 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Alabama $ 6 0 0     12 0 0
Georgia 5 1 0     6 5 0
#16 Auburn 4 2 0     8 3 0
LSU 4 2 0     7 5 0
Tennessee 3 3 0     7 5 0
Kentucky 3 3 0     5 6 0
Ole Miss 3 3 0     4 7 0
Mississippi State 2 4 0     3 8 0
Vanderbilt 0 6 0     1 10 0
Florida 0 6 0     0 10 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1979 Auburn Tigers football team achieved an overall record of 8–3 under head coach Doug Barfield, which would be his best season as head coach. The Tigers went 4–2 in the SEC.[1] They finished the season ranked #16 in the AP poll, but were not ranked in the UPI due to probation.

Prior to the start of the season, on May 11th, Auburn was placed on probation by the NCAA as a result of an investigation into violations dating back to 1974.

Five players were named to the All-SEC first team for 1979: running back James Brooks, running back Joe Cribbs, linebacker Freddy Smith, defensive tackle Frank Warren, and offensive tackle George Stephenson. Joe Cribbs was also named the SEC Most Valuable Player for that year.[2]

During the 1979 season, the offense used a combination of the veer and I formations and both Joe Cribbs and James Brooks gained over 1,000 yards rushing.[3]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 15 Kansas State* Jordan-Hare StadiumAuburn, AL W 26–18   50,132
September 22 Southern Miss* Jordan-Hare StadiumAuburn, AL W 31–9   45,226
September 29 at Tennessee Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN L 17–35   85,936
October 6 No. 14 N.C. State* Jordan-Hare StadiumAuburn, AL W 44–31   51,146
October 13 Vanderbilt No. 18 Jordan-Hare StadiumAuburn, AL W 52–35   47,900
October 20 at Georgia Tech* No. 14 Grant FieldAtlanta, GA W 38–14   54,236
October 27 at No. 18 Wake Forest* No. 13 Groves StadiumWinston-Salem, NC L 38–42   34,060
November 3 Florida No. 20 Jordan-Hare StadiumAuburn, AL W 19–13   58,384
November 10 at Mississippi State No. 16 Jordan-Hare StadiumAuburn, AL W 14–3   59,186
November 17 at Georgia No. 15 Sanford StadiumAthens, GA (Deep South's Oldest Rivalry) W 33–13   63,000
December 1 vs. No. 1 Alabama No. 14 Legion FieldBirmingham, AL (Iron Bowl) L 18–25   77,918
*Non-conference game.

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Game summaries[edit]

Georgia[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Auburn 9 0 17 7 33
Georgia 7 3 0 3 13

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 2011 Auburn Tigers Football Media Guide, Auburn University Athletic Department, Auburn, Alabama, pp. 182–4,150–151 (2011). Retrieved August 19, 2011
  2. ^ a b 2005 Auburn Tigers Football Media Guide, Auburn University Athletic Department, Auburn, Alabama, pp. 142–143, 178–180 (2005). Retrieved August 19, 2011
  3. ^ Auburn Tigers Have Veterans Returning "The Harlan (KY,) Daily Enterprise, August 27, 1980. Retrieved August 21, 2011"
  4. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1979 Nov 18.