Auburn's History of Record Setting Performances

Michael HammondsContributor IApril 28, 2009

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 2:  Junior Rosegreen #4 of the Auburn Tigers celebrates with teammate Will Herring #35 after an interception during their game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on October 2, 2004 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

It is a slow time right now on the Auburn football front and everyone is filled with anticipation for the upcoming season and what the new staff will bring to the table. I went back through the history books to find some of the top individual performances in Auburn history. I'm sure I will miss some but here are a few that I found that stuck out to me.


The first one happened November 24, 1944. The game was Miami, FL and the player was Curtis Kuykendall. I'm sure some people have never heard of him but he had a tremendous game that November afternoon in 1944.


He rushed for 307 yards, which is still a record today. Most people would think that Bo Jackson, Brent Fullwood or Kenny Irons held that record.  


The second one that sticks out happened on the first game of the season in 1989. Auburn invited a Big West team Pacific to come to the loveliest village on the plains for a game. The school no longer has a football team. I'm not saying Alexander Wright had anything to do with that but he did crush their football will with his performance.


On this hot Sept. 9 afternoon Ace Wright was unstoppable. He only caught five passes that day. You may ask how a wide-out with only five receptions got into this article. Well with these five receptions Wright racked up 263 yards receiving. He also converted four of the catches into touchdowns as well. Both of these are still records at Auburn today.   


The third one that sticks out is the day Aundrey Bruce stung the Jackets. It was a hot afternoon at Grant Field on Oct. 17, 1987. Bruce was also hot that day. He was a one-man wrecking crew. He ended the day with three interceptions for 77 return yards and had one pick-six that ended the game.


Needless to say Tech was glad Bruce graduated. This record stood until 2004. I'll tell you later who broke this record.


The next one happened between the hedges. The day was Nov. 13, 1999. The player was Ben Leard. The feat was his 416 yards of passing. It had been an up and down year for Ben but he saved his best performance for the date with Georgia.


What made it more special was he did it in his home state for that teams longest standing rival. He came out that night and was flawless. His aerial attack gave Auburn a 31-0 lead at the half.


On this night Ben threw for four touchdowns and ran for another. He was 24-32 with no picks. His 416 yards is still a record today.   


The final one I came across happened during Auburn's magical run in 2004. The scene was Neyland stadium on a Saturday night on ESPN. The experts thought that Auburn was going to meet their match with the home-standing Vols.


Well Junior Rosegreen and the Hard Fighting Soldiers of Auburn had other plans. The Auburn offense was the story for the first half leading 24-3 at halftime. The star of the game was Rosegreen.


He seemed to be in the right place at the right time. This game by Rosegreen is still an Auburn record and he is tied for the most picks in one game with Mississippi State's Jack Nix who accomplished the feat versus Arkansas in 1939.


Well I'm sure I missed some great individual feats by some former Auburn greats but I thought these would strike the memory of Auburn fans during the slow part of summer. I hope you enjoyed these trips down memory lane. Until Next Time call ‘em like you see ‘em.