Series: A look at Louisville vs. Auburn

Cardinal Authority will provide a weekly look at the series between the University of Louisville and that week's opponent. Well, this week is the opener and the history between Louisville and Auburn is not too long on the field but here's a look back.

The University of Louisville will open against Auburn on Saturday in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Classic at the Georgia Dome. The two school's don't have a lot of history on the field but they have met once before.

It was 1974 and Auburn edged Louisville 16-3 at Legion Field.

The game was played in front of one of the smallest crowds in more than 50 years of Auburn football - around 25,000 - and was the second game of the second season under coach T.W. Alley.

The Cardinals lost the first four games of that season, including also to Memphis, Wichita State and Cincinnati. The Cardinals finished 4-7 and Vince Gibson replaced Alley the following season.

U of L and Auburn were tied at 3-3 with less than 5 minutes left in the game before Auburn QB Phil Gargis scored on two short runs. The second came just after Louisville fumbled on its own 2-yard-line.

The two teams do have some history off the field.

U of L coach Bobby Petrino was the offensive coordinator at Auburn when he was hired at Louisville the first time. Petrino was 3-1 against Auburn when he was the head coach at Arkansas.


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