StatTiger: Bowling With the Auburn Tigers

StatTiger looks at some of the best and worst bowl performances in Auburn football history.

When Auburn faces off with Northwestern on January 1st, it will mark Auburn's 35th bowl appearance in school history. It will also mark the 16th time Auburn has traveled to the sunshine state for its postseason venue.

Auburn is currently 9-4-0 in its last 13 bowl games and 19-13-2 overall. Gene Chizk is the first Auburn coach to take his first team to a bowl game. Terry Bowden's first team went 11-0, but was sanctioned from competing in postseason during the 1993 and 1994 seasons.

The Tigers were regulars on the bowl scene with Pat Dye directing the program. Tommy Tuberville with eight.

Most Decisive Bowl Victories

In 1968 Auburn defeated Arizona in the Sun Bowl 34-10. Arizona came into the game with the No. 8 scoring defense nationally allowing 11.5 points per game. The contest was tied at halftime, 10-10, but Auburn scored 24 unanswered points in the second half. The Auburn defense recorded eight interceptions while also forcing 11 Arizona punts.

In 1974 sixth-ranked Auburn crushed the No. 11 Texas Longhorns 27-3 in the Gator Bowl. The Texas running game was No. 3 in the nation that season, averaging 317 yards per game, but the Longhorns were held to 203 yards against Auburn.

The Tigers' offense generated 256 yards on the ground. Both teams turned the ball over seven times each, but Auburn did a better job of taking advantage of the miscues.

Most Decisive Bowl Losses

In 1969 the 17th-ranked Houston Cougars ran all over the 12th-ranked Tigers in the Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl, recording a 36-7 victory. Houston's veer attack was the No. 2 rushing offense in the country that year, led by Jim Strong, the nation's fourth leading rusher.

Strong rushed for 184 yards against the Auburn defense as Houston rolled up 376 yards on the ground. The Auburn offense was held to one yard rushing while Pat Sullivan, a sophomore in his first season as a starter, completed only 10 of 30 passes for 132-yards.

On January 1, 1996 Penn State defeated Auburn 43-14 in the Outback Bowl. The Auburn offense came into the game ranked ninth nationally in yards gained and ranked No. 5 in points scored. Penn State racked up 487 yards that day while holding Auburn to 314. Patrick Nix completed only 5-25 passes in the rain. Stephen Davis rushed for 119 yards on 12 carries before being injured.

Poor weather wreaked havoc on Auburn's early version of the spread offense that day in Tampa.

Best Offensive Game

The 1970 Auburn Tigers defeated the Ole Miss Rebels 35-28 in the Gator Bowl while totaling 559 yards in total offense. This included 351 yards through the air and an additional 208 yards on the ground. Sullivan threw for over 300 yards, Wallace Clark rushed for 108 yards and Terry Beasley hauled in 143 yards in receptions.

The 1996 team featured the only other Auburn offense to generate more than 500 yards during a bowl game when the Tigers defeated Army in the 1996 Independence Bowl 32-29. Dameyune Craig passed for a school record at the time, 372 yards, and Willie Gosha set a school record with 10 receptions for 132 yards.

Best Defensive Game

The 1997 Auburn defense held Clemson to 146 yards during a 21-17 Peach Bowl Victory. Clemson had a total of four first downs during the game and was forced to punt nine times.

The 1986 Auburn defense held Southern Cal to 157 yards during a 16-7 Florida Citrus Bowl victory. The Auburn defense recorded four interceptions and recovered a fumble that day in Orlando. The Trojans' only score during the game was a defensive touchdown.

Bowl Game Records

Ben Leard holds the school record for passing yardage in a bowl game with 394 against Michigan in the Florida Citrus Bowl. Stan White holds the record for most completions with 31 against Indiana in the 1990 Peach Bowl. White threw for 351 yards and scored the game winning touchdown against the Hoosiers. Dameyune Craig holds the school record for pass attempts in a bowl with 45 against Clemson.

Ronnie Brown is shown in action as a standout for the Tigers.

Ronnie Brown owns the school records for most rushing yards, carries and rushing touchdowns in a bowl game. He accomplished all three against Penn State in the Capital One Bowl. Brown rushed for 184 yards on 37 carries, scoring two touchdowns.

Bo Jackson is the only Auburn running back to have two 100-yard games in postseason competition. Jackson played in four bowl games. He recorded a total of 411 yards on 87 carries and five rushing touchdowns.

Herbert Casey holds the school record for receiving yardage with 159 against Indiana in the 1990 Peach Bowl. Terry Beasley played in three bowl games as an Auburn Tiger compiling 20 receptions for 336 yards.

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