Auburn Football: 10 Best Bowl Victories in School History

Matthew BrennanCorrespondent IIDecember 15, 2011

Auburn Football: 10 Best Bowl Victories in School History

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    The Auburn Tigers are one of the most successful programs in college football when it comes to bowl games. Overall, the Tigers are 21-13-2 in their bowl game history. Their .611 winning percentage ranks them ninth among FBS programs.

    Auburn heads into the Chick-fil-A Bowl against Virginia having won four straight and seven of their last eight bowl games. The Tigers will face the Cavaliers on New Year’s Eve in Atlanta.

    Here is a slideshow of the top 10 bowl victories in Auburn history.

2011 BCS Championship Game

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    The Tigers capped off an undefeated season with a 22-19 victory over the Oregon Ducks, giving Auburn its first undisputed National Championship.

    Wes Byrum kicked a 19-yard field goal as time expired to give the Tigers the win. Michael Dyer’s memorable run set up the winning field goal; the freshman running back finished with 143 yards rushing to earn the game’s MVP award.

    Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton threw for 265 yards and two scores in his final game for Auburn.

2005 Sugar Bowl

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    The Tigers defeated Virginia Tech 16-13 in New Orleans to wrap up a 13-0 season. The Tigers would finish ranked second in the nation to USC despite not losing a game during the 2004 schedule.

    Jason Campbell was named MVP after throwing for 189 yards and a touchdown. Kicker John Vaughn put up the most points for the Tigers, making all three of his field-goal attempts. Ronnie Brown led the way on the ground with 68 yards.

1984 Sugar Bowl

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    Auburn knocked off the Michigan Wolverines 9-7 to finish the 1983 season with a 10-1 record. The Tigers entered the game ranked third in the nation, but were overtaken for No. 1 in the polls by Miami’s victory over Nebraska.

    The Tigers failed to score a touchdown in the game, but dominated the field to the tune of 301 rushing yards. Future NFL kicker Al Del Greco’s three field goals led the Tigers to victory after trailing 7-0 at the half.

1974 Gator Bowl

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    The Tigers tied their biggest margin of victory in a bowl game with a 27-3 demolition of Texas. It would be Ralph “Shug” Jordan’s final bowl victory as Auburn head coach.

    The win capped off a 10-2 season for the Tigers, who were ranked eighth in the final AP Poll. The Tigers would not appear in another bowl game for eight years.

1954 Gator Bowl

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    The Tigers defeated Baylor 33-13 to mark Ralph Jordan’s first bowl win as Auburn head coach. The victory left Auburn with an 8-3 record and a No. 13 ranking in the AP Poll.

2007 Chick-Fil-a Bowl

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    A clash of top 10 defenses saw Auburn go to overtime to defeat Clemson 23-20 in Atlanta. Tommy Tuberville’s final bowl victory at Auburn left the Tigers with a 9-4 record and a No. 15 ranking.

    A touchdown run by Auburn’s Ben Tate tied the game in the fourth quarter, and the teams headed to overtime locked at 17-17. After a field goal by Clemson, freshman quarterback Kodi Burns found the end zone to give the Tigers the win.

    The win tied Tuberville for fourth among then-active coaches with seven bowl victories.

1938 Orange Bowl

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    The 1938 Orange Bowl was the fourth edition of the game and the first held in the stadium of the same name. It’s also notable as the first bowl win in Auburn history as the Tigers defeated Michigan State 6-0.

    The Tigers were allowed to play after the SEC lifted a ban on bowl games other than the Rose Bowl or Sugar Bowl. Auburn’s Ralph O’Gwynne scored the only touchdown of the game as the Tigers held an opponent scoreless for the seventh time that season.

    The win left the Tigers with a 5-2-3 record, while previously undefeated Michigan State finished at 8-1.

1971 Gator Bowl

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    The Tigers finished one of their best seasons under Shug Jordan with a 35-28 victory over Ole Miss in the Gator Bowl. The Tigers completed the 1970 campaign with a 9-2 record and the No. 10 ranking in the AP Poll.

    This game was notable for a duel between two legendary college quarterbacks in Auburn’s Pat Sullivan and Ole Miss’ Archie Manning. Sullivan threw for 351 yards in the win and went on to win the Heisman the following season. Manning played injured but still managed to account for three touchdowns in defeat.

1990 Hall of Fame Bowl

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    The Tigers wrapped up an excellent season with a convincing 31-14 win over Ohio State in the Hall of Fame Bowl (now known as the Outback Bowl). Auburn, the SEC Champions, finished the year ranked sixth in the nation with a 10-2 record.

    Auburn quarterback Reggie Slack threw for three touchdowns and ran for another to earn the game’s MVP award. The Tigers battled back from a 14-3 deficit to get the win.

2010 Outback Bowl

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    The Tigers began their current bowl streak by defeating Northwestern 38-35 in an overtime classic. The victory marked Gene Chizik’s first bowl win as Auburn head coach and ended Auburn’s season with an 8-5 record.

    Northwestern, who came back from two 14-point deficits, missed a field goal at the end of regulation that would have won the game. After Auburn made a field-goal in overtime to take the lead, the Tigers stopped the Wildcats on a fumblerooski play to win the game.

    Auburn wide receiver Darvin Adams was the MVP with 12 receptions for 142 yards.