Auburn–LSU football rivalry

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Auburn–LSU football rivalry
First meeting November 20, 1901
Auburn 28, LSU 0
Latest meeting September 24, 2016
Auburn 18, LSU 13
Next meeting October 14, 2017
Meetings total 51
All-time series LSU leads 28–22–1
Largest victory LSU, 45–10 (2011)
Longest win streak LSU, 6 (1926–37)
Current win streak Auburn, 1 (2016–present)

The Auburn–LSU football rivalry also known as the Tiger Classic, is an American college football rivalry between the Auburn Tigers and LSU Tigers. Both universities have been members of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) since December 1932, but the rivalry dates back to 1901. Auburn and LSU have played every year since the SEC instituted divisional play in 1992.

Notable games[edit]


In 1988, #4 Auburn traveled to Tiger Stadium with national title aspirations. Auburn (4-0) entered the game outscoring its opponents 161–44, but were held to just two field goals. Auburn's outstanding defense kept LSU scoreless through 58 minutes. However, with 1:47 left, QB Tommy Hodson found RB Eddie Fuller open on a crossing pattern for a touchdown on fourth and goal. Ironically, it was the same play Fuller had caught on 1st and goal, only to step out of the back of the end zone. The crowd eruption was so intense that it registered as an earthquake on the seismograph located in LSU’s Howe-Russell Geoscience Complex, though much of the lore surrounding the game is largely apocryphal.[1] Both Hodson and Fuller later said it was the most physical game of their college careers.[2] College Football News ranks this game as the 17th best finish in the history of college football.[3] Auburn would have likely played Notre Dame for the National Championship had they beaten LSU, as Auburn finished the season with six consecutive wins, giving up only 31 points in the process. Auburn and LSU shared the SEC crown though Auburn went to the Sugar Bowl.


Auburn was on a 14-game winning streak when LSU traveled to Auburn in 1994, but it was LSU who led 23–9 entering the fourth quarter. LSU quarterback Jamie Howard threw five fourth quarter interceptions - three were returned for touchdowns - as Auburn extended their winning streak to 15 games with a 30–26 win. Auburn made one first down in the second half, yet scored 27 points in the comeback. Multiple players were hospitalized for dehydration after the game.[4] After the loss Jamie Howard received multiple threats.


LSU defeated Auburn 19–15 in 1996 while the old Auburn Sports Arena, affectionately called "the Barn", burned to the ground across the street from Jordan–Hare Stadium.[5] After scoring a touchdown, Auburn trailed 17–15 and attempted the two-point conversion. LSU intercepted the pass and returned it for a 19–15 win. The cause of the fire was officially undetermined,[6] though according to investigators the most probable cause was a grill placed too close to the building by tailgaters, possibly to take cover from heavy rainfall.[6] The fire was shown during ESPN's national broadcast,[7] flames being seen as high as the Jordan-Hare east upper-deck. The game was never delayed, and the Auburn public address announcer continually advised fans: "The flames [were] outside the stadium." Because of the fire and the thrilling finish, the game became known as the "Barn Burner" or "The Night The Barn Burned".


On coach Tommy Tuberville's birthday, Auburn blew out LSU 41–7 during a rare day game in Baton Rouge. In celebration, Auburn players and coaches smoked cigars on the field at Tiger Stadium, much to the chagrin of LSU players and fans. This intensity of the rivalry grew with this game, and it was used as motivation in 2001 when LSU beat Auburn 27–14 on the way to their first SEC title since splitting it in 1988. Coach Gerry DiNardo was fired before the season ended.


Defending national champion and fourth ranked LSU visited Auburn just days after Hurricane Ivan. LSU took a 9–3 lead but missed the extra point. Auburn tied the game with 1:14 left when Jason Campbell threw a 16-yard TD pass to Courtney Taylor. Entering the game, Auburn had successfully converted on 190 straight extra points; however AU kicker John Vaughn missed the extra point. A personal foul penalty was called on Ronnie Prude for violating a new rule restricting jumping on a field goal attempt, and Vaughn connected on the second chance. Auburn would go on to win the SEC Championship, finish 13–0 and No. 2 in the final AP poll.


The hero of the 2004 game, John Vaughn would miss five field goals - his final kick bouncing off the right upright in overtime. All of the attempted kicks were over 35 yards; 3 would have been career long kicks for Vaughn. Auburn and LSU tied for the SEC West championship, but the win allowed LSU to play in the SEC Championship Game. Auburn tailback Kenny Irons, caught by ESPN cameras prior to the game guaranteeing a 200-yard game, provided a 218-yard performance and cemented himself as the starter for the rest of the season.


The two Tigers met in Auburn with their highest head-to-head ranking ever, and played what several athletes on both teams considered their most physical game of the season. Both teams were early season national title contenders. At the end of the first half, LSU managed a last second field goal to take a 3–0 halftime lead. Auburn took the lead with a third-quarter touchdown, and had two fourth quarter stops to win 7–3 in the lowest scoring game since an LSU 6–0 victory in 1935. In the final moments, playing with no timeouts left, JaMarcus Russell threw short of the end-zone to Craig Davis and Brock delivered a hit on the four yard-line to seal the Auburn victory. The victory helped Auburn climb to No. 2 in the AP Poll, while LSU fell to No. 10.


Demetrius Byrd made a last-second catch in the end zone to win it for LSU, 30–24. Down 24–23 and driving late in the game, LSU was in field goal range with the clock running and one timeout left. However, in one of the most discussed play calls of the 2007 season, Les Miles decided to try a long pass to the end zone before a possible FG attempt. Afterwards, Miles stated there was enough time for a 41-yard FG had the pass been incomplete, and the game clock proved him correct, although conventional wisdom argued the safer bet was to advance the ball a few yards, use the time out, and try the field goal. LSU would go on to win the SEC and BCS National Championship.


In 2010, the game was played at Jordan–Hare Stadium in Auburn. Both teams were undefeated and ranked in the top 10: Auburn was 4th, and LSU 6th. Auburn quarterback Cam Newton excelled on the ground. He ran for a career high 217 yards with 2 TD. Auburn totaled 440 yards rushing, which was the most ever achieved by the team against an SEC defense. The game was tied at 17 late in the fourth, when Auburn tailback Onterio McCalebb ran 70 yards for the go-ahead score with 5:05 left. Auburn would go on to win the game 24–17. Auburn finished the year 14–0, winning the SEC and BCS National Championship.


Auburn kicker Daniel Carlson kicked six field goals to upset #18 LSU 18–13 at Jordan-Hare Stadium. LSU appeared to score the winning touchdown on the last play of the game, but after video review the game clock had expired prior to the snap, thus nullifying the score. A first quarter score by LSU would be the only touchdown of the game. After three field goals Auburn would take a 9–7 lead into halftime. In the second half LSU would score two field goals while Auburn would add three more giving Auburn the 18–13 victory. LSU head coach Les Miles was terminated the following day.

Game results[edit]

Auburn victories LSU victories Ties
# Date Location Winner Score
1 1901 Baton Rouge, LA Auburn 28–0
2 1902 Baton Rouge, LA LSU 5–0
3 1903 Auburn, AL Auburn 12–0
4 1908 Auburn, AL LSU 10–2
5 1912 Mobile, AL Auburn 7–0
6 1913 Mobile, AL Auburn 7–2
7 1924 Birmingham, AL Auburn 3–0
8 1926 Montgomery, AL LSU 10–0
9 1927 Montgomery, AL LSU 9–0
10 1934 Baton Rouge, LA LSU 20–6
11 1935 Baton Rouge, LA LSU 6–0
12 1936 Birmingham, AL #7 LSU 19–6
13 1937 Baton Rouge, LA #12 LSU 9–7
14 1938 Birmingham, AL #9 Auburn 28–6
15 1939 Baton Rouge, LA Auburn 21–7
16 1940 Birmingham, AL LSU 21–13
17 1941 Baton Rouge, LA Tie 7–7
18 1942 Birmingham, AL #14 Auburn 25–7
19 1969 Baton Rouge, LA LSU 21–20
20 1970 Auburn, AL #14 LSU 17–9
21 1972 Baton Rouge, LA #8 LSU 35–7
22 1973 Auburn, AL LSU 20–6
23 1980 Baton Rouge, LA LSU 21–17
24 1981 Auburn, AL Auburn 19–7
25 1988 Baton Rouge, LA LSU 7–6
26 1989 Auburn, AL #12 Auburn 10–6
27 1992 Auburn, AL Auburn 30–28
# Date Location Winner Score
28 1993 Baton Rouge, LA Auburn 34–10
29 1994 Auburn, AL #11 Auburn 30–26
30 1995 Baton Rouge, LA LSU 12–6
31 1996 Auburn, AL #21 LSU 19–15
32 1997 Baton Rouge, LA #12 Auburn 31–28
33 1998 Auburn, AL #7 LSU 31–19
34 1999 Baton Rouge, LA #24 Auburn 41–7
35 2000 Auburn, AL #25 Auburn 34–17
36 2001 Baton Rouge, LA LSU 27–14
37 2002 Auburn, AL Auburn 31–7
38 2003 Baton Rouge, LA #9 LSU 31–7
39 2004 Auburn, AL #14 Auburn 10–9
40 2005 Baton Rouge, LA #7 LSU 20–17OT
41 2006 Auburn, AL #3 Auburn 7–3
42 2007 Baton Rouge, LA #5 LSU 30–24
43 2008 Auburn, AL #6 LSU 26–21
44 2009 Baton Rouge, LA #10 LSU 31–10
45 2010 Auburn, AL #5 Auburn 24–17
46 2011 Baton Rouge, LA #1 LSU 45–10
47 2012 Auburn, AL #2 LSU 12–10
48 2013 Baton Rouge, LA #6 LSU 35–21
49 2014 Auburn, AL #5 Auburn 41–7
50 2015 Baton Rouge, LA #13 LSU 45–21
51 2016 Auburn, AL Auburn 18–13
52 2017 Baton Rouge, LA
Series: LSU leads 28–22–1

Series record source: College Football Data Warehouse.[8]


From 2000 and 2005, Auburn or LSU won or tied for the SEC Western Division championship every season.

From 2000 to 2007, the home team won eight straight games. (Immediately before then, the visiting team had won four straight, from 1996 to 1999.)

The 2006 game was the lowest scoring contest between the two schools since 1935, when LSU defeated Auburn 6–0 in Baton Rouge.

The winning squad pitched a shutout 11 of the first 13 games to start the series. Since then, neither team has been shutout.

LSU leads the series 28–22–1. LSU leads the series in games played in Baton Rouge and Montgomery, Alabama, with a 17–5–1 and 2–0 record, respectively. Auburn leads games played at Jordan–Hare Stadium (11–6), Birmingham, Alabama (3–2), and Mobile, Alabama (2–0). When the SEC expanded, Auburn and LSU were placed in the SEC's Western Division. The Auburn-LSU game quickly became a highly anticipated and respected rivalry.

Since becoming permanent SEC opponents in 1992, the majority of the series has been played in September. Only eight times have games been scheduled in October. Generally speaking, games in Baton Rouge tend to be in October, while games in Auburn are usually in September.

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