Auburn–Ole Miss football rivalry

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Auburn–Ole Miss football rivalry
First meeting October 20, 1928
Ole Miss 19, Auburn 0
Latest meeting October 7, 2017
Auburn 44, Ole Miss 23
Next meeting October 20, 2018
Statistics
Meetings total 42
All-time series Auburn leads, 32–10
Largest victory Auburn, 45–0 (1985)
Longest win streak Auburn, 9 (1971–91)
Current win streak Auburn, 2 (2016–present)

The Auburn–Ole Miss football rivalry, also known as the Pine Box Bowl,[1] is a college football rivalry[2] game between the Tigers of Auburn University and the Rebels of the University of Mississippi.

History[edit]

Both founding members of the Southeastern Conference, Auburn and Ole Miss first met on October 20, 1928 in Birmingham, Alabama.[3] Ole Miss won the game by a score of 19–0.[4] After a 14–7 Auburn victory in 1932,[5] the teams didn't meet again until 1949, when the Rebels defeated the Tigers by a score of 40–7.[6] They have met in two bowl games, with Ole Miss winning the 1965 Liberty Bowl by a margin of 13–7[7] and Auburn winning the 1971 Gator Bowl by a score of 35–28.[8] The Gator victory marked the beginning of the longest winning streak in the series, with Auburn winning nine straight between 1971 and 1991. Auburn and Ole Miss have met every year since 1990 and, with the SEC placing both Auburn and Ole Miss in the West division in 1992, the teams will continue to meet annually.[9]

The rivalry took a heated turn in 1999 when then-Ole Miss head coach Tommy Tuberville, after stating days prior that he would only leave Ole Miss "in a pine box", accepted the head coaching position at Auburn.[10] Shortly thereafter, some began to refer to the annual Auburn–Ole Miss football matchup as the Pine Box Bowl. In the first matchup between the squads after Tuberville's departure for Auburn, the Rebels defeated Auburn by a score of 24–17 in overtime.[11] Since the 1999 contest, Ole Miss has defeated Auburn only four times, the most recent of which came in the form of a 27–19 win in 2015.[12]

Game results[edit]

Auburn victoriesOle Miss victories
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
1October 20, 1928Birmingham, ALOle Miss19–0
2October 29, 1932Montgomery, ALAuburn14–7
3September 23, 1949Montgomery, ALOle Miss40–7
4November 10, 1951Mobile, ALOle Miss39–14
5October 4, 1952Memphis, TNOle Miss20–7
6October 3, 1953Auburn, ALAuburn13–0
7December 18, 1965Memphis, TNOle Miss13–7
8January 2, 1971Jacksonville, FLAuburn35–28
9October 7, 1972Jackson, MSAuburn19–13
10October 6, 1973Auburn, ALAuburn14–7
11October 2, 1976Jackson, MSAuburn10–0
12October 1, 1977Auburn, ALAuburn21–15
13October 6, 1984Oxford, MSAuburn17–13
14October 5, 1985Auburn, ALAuburn41–0
15September 15, 1990Jackson, MSAuburn24–10
16September 14, 1991Auburn, ALAuburn23–13
17September 5, 1992Oxford, MSOle Miss45–21
18September 2, 1993Auburn, ALAuburn16–12
19September 3, 1994Oxford, MSAuburn22–17
20September 2, 1995Auburn, ALAuburn46–13
21September 14, 1996Oxford, MSAuburn45–28
22September 13, 1997Auburn, ALAuburn19–9
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
23September 12, 1998Oxford, MSAuburn17–0
24September 25, 1999Auburn, ALOle Miss24–17
25September 9, 2000Oxford, MSAuburn35–7
26September 8, 2001Auburn, ALAuburn27–21
27November 2, 2002Oxford, MSAuburn31–24
28November 8, 2003Auburn, ALAuburn24–20
29October 30, 2004Oxford, MSAuburn35–14
30October 29, 2005Auburn, ALAuburn27–3
31October 28, 2006Oxford, MSAuburn23–17
32October 27, 2007Auburn, ALAuburn17–3
33November 1, 2008Oxford, MSOle Miss17–7
34October 31, 2009Auburn, ALAuburn33–20
35October 30, 2010Oxford, MSAuburn51–31
36October 29, 2011Auburn, ALAuburn41–23
37October 13, 2012Oxford, MSOle Miss41–20
38October 5, 2013Auburn, ALAuburn30–22
39November 1, 2014Oxford, MSAuburn35–31
40October 31, 2015Auburn, ALOle Miss27–19
41October 29, 2016Oxford, MSAuburn40–29
42October 7, 2017Auburn, ALAuburn44–23
Series: Auburn leads 32–10

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