StatTiger: Top 10 Offensive Performances

Stuart Carter (StatTiger) takes a look at 10 of the top offensive performances since 1970.

Top 10 Offensive Performances (1970-2007)

As a follow-up to my previous feature on top 10 defensive performances, here are my top 10 offensive performances from 1970-2007. Once again, to obtain the list, I sorted the games by the following criteria.

1. Game must have resulted in an Auburn victory.
2. The opponent must have won 60 percent of its games.
3. The opponent had to be from a major conference.
4. At least 400 yards in total offense was required.
5. At least 30 point must have been scored.

The final 10 has been sorted by yardage gained.

1970: Auburn 63 Florida 14
Auburn crushed the Gators showcasing the dynamic duo of Pat Sullivan and Terry Beasley. Sullivan connected on 21 of 27 passes for 366 yards and four touchdown passes. Terry Beasley caught seven passes for 176 yards and three touchdown passes. Auburn totaled 566 yards against the Gators on 70 plays, scoring eight offensive touchdowns. Florida finished the season with a 7-4 record and the 63 points scored by the Auburn Tigers amounted to 25 percent of the points Florida allowed the entire year.

2004: Auburn 38 Tennessee 28
After blowing out the Volunteers earlier in the season in Knoxville, Auburn and Tennessee met again to decide the SEC Championship. Auburn racked up 559 yards in total offense and 38 points to win their first SEC Championship since 1989. Jason Campbell was the leader of the offensive onslaught, passing for 374 yards and three touchdowns adding an additional 57 yards rushing to his offensive totals. Carnell Williams rushed for 100 yards and Courtney Taylor had 111 yards in receiving on six receptions. Tennessee finished the season with a 10-3 record and a final ranking of 13th in the AP Poll.

1970: Auburn 31 Georgia Tech 7
The Auburn Tigers steamrolled the 16th ranked Yellow Jackets with 520 yards in total offense. Once again, Pat Sullivan was the hero of the day, passing for 312 yards and three touchdowns with an additional 42 yards and one touchdown on the ground. Auburn was the only opponent to score more than 21 points against Georgia Tech as the Yellow jackets held their other 11 opponents to 12.2 points per game. Tech finished the season with a 9-3 record and a final ranking of No. 13 in the AP Poll.

1983: Auburn 35 Maryland 23
The Auburn Tigers pounded the seventh ranked Terrapins at Jordan-Hare, rolling up 450 yards on the ground. Fullback Tommie Agee had a career game, rushing for 219 yards to go along with 100-yard games from Bo Jackson and Lionel James. Auburn amassed 517 yards against Maryland, capturing a 35-23 victory over the 7-1 Terrapins. Auburn's 450 yards rushing was the most by an Auburn team against a Division I opponent with a winning record. Maryland finished the season with an 8-4 record and unranked.

2005: Auburn 31 Georgia 30
It was an offensive war that went down to the final whistle as Auburn squeaked by the ninth ranked Georgia Bulldogs, 31-30. Auburn needed every bit of their 506 total yards to surpass the 446 yards gained by the Bulldog offense. Devin Aromashodu hauled in 135 yards receiving, 62 of which came on a crucial fourth down pass play setting up the game-winning field goal. Brandon Cox passed for 279 yards and Kenny Irons rushed for 179 yards paving the way to a thrilling victory. Georgia went onto capture the SEC title with a 10-3 record and a final ranking of No. 10 in the AP Poll.

Ben Obomanu, now playing for the Seattle Seahawks, scored from 30 yards out on a reverse against the Bulldogs.

1994: Auburn 36 Florida 33
Despite having a 17-game winning streak, the Auburn Tigers were more than a two touchdown underdog to the No. 1 ranked Florida Gators in Gainesville. The Gator defense had surrendered only 254 yards and 12 points per game coming in, but Auburn's offense was well prepared to swap punches with the Gator offense. Patrick Nix led an Auburn offense that totaled 487 yards and 36 points, passing for 319 yards and three touchdowns. Thomas Bailey and Andy Fuller both had over 100-yards in receiving and Stephen Davis rushed for 113 yards against the stout Gator defense. Except for the Auburn game, Florida allowed only 289 yards and 15 points per game to their remaining opponents. Florida finished the season as SEC Champions with a 10-2-1 record and a final ranking of No. 7 in the AP Poll.

1984: Auburn 42 Florida State 41
In what might be the wildest game during the modern era of Auburn football, the Auburn Tigers defeated the ninth ranked Seminoles 42-41 in Tallahassee. Auburn's offense totaled 472 yards out of the wishbone with 273 coming on the ground. Freddy Weygand had a season-high 147 yards in receiving on just four receptions and Brent Fullwood rushed for three touchdowns. Fullwood's last rushing touchdown won the game with less than a minute left in the game. FSU was 4-0-1 coming into the game. After their loss, the Seminoles struggled the remainder of the year posting a 3-2-1 record the remainder of the season.

1985: Auburn 59 Florida State 27
The season before both teams combined for 83 points, resulting in a 42-41 Auburn victory. In 1985, Auburn and Florida State combined for 86 points but Auburn scored 59 of the total output. The game was actually tied at 17-17 at halftime and was very close going into the final period. Of Auburn's 468 yards, 413 came on the ground as Auburn rushed for six touchdowns. Bo Jackson paved the way with 176 yards and three scores. Auburn needed only 10 pass attempts as the Seminoles had no solution for Auburn's power running game. FSU entered the game at No. 4 in the nation, finishing the season with a 9-3 record and a final ranking of No. 15 in the AP Poll.

1989: Auburn 30 Alabama 20
The Alabama Crimson Tide rolled into Jordan-Hare for the very first time 10-0 on the season and a No. 2 ranking in the AP Poll. When they left, Auburn had torched their defense with 441 yards and 30 points. Reggie Slack passed for 274 yards, Stacy Danley rushed for 130 yards and Alexander Wright caught 141 yards worth of passes. Alabama held a 10-7 lead at halftime but Auburn scored 23 second half points, defeating Alabama 30-20. Alabama went onto the Sugar Bowl, losing to Miami to finish the season with a 10-2 record and a final ranking of No. 9 in the AP Poll.

1970: Auburn 36 Tennessee 23
The Tigers handed the Volunteers their only loss of the season with an impressive 36-23 victory. The Volunteers finished the season with No. 5 scoring defense in the nation and No. 2 against the run. Tennessee allowed a total of 13 points in its four other conference games and Auburn's 36 points accounted for 31 percent of the points Tennessee allowed for the entire season. Pat Sullivan passed for 268 yards and rushed for an additional 70 yards. Auburn amassed 432 yards in total offense and Terry Beasley had 116 yards on five receptions. The Volunteers were ranked 17th in the nation at the time of the game but finished the season at No. 4 in the AP Poll and an 11-1-0 record.

It's no surprise the 1970 Auburn offense made the list three times. Auburn finished the season with the third best offense in the nation, the fifth highest scoring offense and the No. 1 pass offense in the country. Auburn faced a total of seven opponents with a winning record in 1970, averaging 499 yards and 38 points per game. Pat Sullivan posted a QB rating of 151.9 in Auburn's seven toughest games, accounting for 19 of Auburn's 31 touchdowns and 293 yards passing per game.


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