Auburn Sports History By The Numbers

A look at some of the numbers that make Auburn athletics what it is today.

(10) 45-The number of rushing touchdowns in the football career of Carnell Williams in his four seasons at Auburn, breaking the record of 43 set by Heisman Trophy Winner Bo Jackson almost 20 years earlier. Williams left his Auburn career as the all-time scoring leader in Auburn history with 276 points.

(9) 323-The number of solo tackles in the career of linebacker Freddie Smith. Playing from 1976-1979, "Fast Freddie" accumulated 528 total tackles to rank first all-time in school history. To put his solo tackle record in perspective, he would rank 11th in all-time total tackles with 323, just behind Takeo Spikes, if you only counted his solos.

(8) 199-The number of kick returns in the career of Thomas Bailey. A NCAA record, Bailey returned 199 kicks from 1991-1994 for a school record 2,691 yards. In 1991 alone he returned 66 kicks for 1,119 yards.

(7) .864-The slugging percentage of Bo Jackson in 1985 for the baseball Tigers. Jackson had 17 home runs in just 147 at-bats that season. To put the number in perspective, St. Louis Cardinals standout Albert Pujols has a slugging percentage of .833 this season. For his career Jackson slugged .729 for the Tigers.

Bo Jackson holds a prominent place in both the football and baseball record books at Auburn.

(6) 103-The number of RBI Todd Faulkner had in 2000 for the baseball Tigers. With the change in the way bats are produced over the last four seasons this is a record likely never to be broken in Auburn history. Also that season Faulkner set school records with 22 home runs and 49 extra-base hits.

(5) 263-The receiving yards Alexander Wright had in one football game in 1989, a school record. Wright's total came on just five receptions with four going for touchdowns. That season Wright led the team with 30 catches for 714 yards and six touchdowns.

(4) 8-The number of 40-point games in the career of basketball legend John Mengelt. His 60-point outburst against Alabama in February of 1970 is the first of his four top single game scoring performances in Auburn history. The last Auburn player to score at least 40 points in a game came back in 1993 when Wesley Person scored 44 against UAB.

(3) 28-The number of points allowed by the 1957 national championship foot all team in 10 games. Auburn collected six shutouts that season including a 40-0 victory over Alabama to end the season.

(2) 17-16-Still 34 years later it's the most recognizable score in Auburn sports history. Trailing Alabama 16-0 late in the fourth quarter, the Tigers kicked a field goal to cut the lead to 13 and then unbelievably on virtually carbon copy plays Bill Newton blocked two punts and defensive back David Langner picked up both and returned them for touchdowns to give Auburn the most stunning comeback victory in school football history.

(1) 1989-The first time ever for Alabama in Jordan-Hare Stadium for a varsity football game ended in a 30-20 Auburn victory over the second-ranked and undefeated Crimson Tide. In a game that former Tide coach Bear Bryant said would never happen, Coach Pat Dye's Auburn team controlled the action from beginning to end in the victory in the most anticipated sporting event in the state's history.


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