1973 Auburn Tigers football team

1973 Auburn Tigers football
Sun Bowl, L 17–34 vs. Missouri
Conference Southeastern Conference
1973 record 6–6 (2–5 SEC)
Head coach Ralph Jordan
Home stadium Jordan-Hare Stadium
1973 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4 Alabama 8 0 0     11 1 0
#13 LSU 5 1 0     9 3 0
Ole Miss 4 3 0     6 5 0
#19 Tennessee 3 3 0     8 4 0
Georgia 3 4 0     7 4 1
Florida 3 4 0     7 5 0
Kentucky 3 4 0     5 6 0
Auburn 2 5 0     6 6 0
Mississippi State 2 5 0     4 5 2
Vanderbilt 1 5 0     5 6 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1973 Auburn Tigers football team achieved an overall record of 6–6 and 2–5 in the SEC under head coach Ralph “Shug” Jordan.[1] They were invited to the 1973 Sun Bowl where they lost to Missouri 17–34.

On September 13, 1973, the Thursday before Auburn’s first home game of the season, Auburn’s home stadium, known up to that time as Cliff Hare Stadium, was renamed in honor of the Ralph Jordan, marking the first time a stadium has been renamed for an active coach. Harry Philpott, President of Auburn University at that time, said “Renaming the stadium is really in keeping with the outstanding job Coach Jordan has done during his outstanding career”, adding that, “It also brings together two great eras of athletic achievement.”[2]

Four players were named to the All-SEC first team for 1973: Benny Sivley (DT), Steve Taylor (C), Mike Fuller (DB), and David Langner (DB).[3]

On December 1, Alabama avenged their stunning loss the previous year in the Iron Bowl game that became known as "Punt Bama Punt" by shutting out Auburn 35–0.

Schedule

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 15, 1973 vs. Oregon State* #12 Legion FieldBirmingham, AL W 18–9   45,000
September 22, 1973 UT-Chattanooga* Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, AL W 31–0   46,500
September 29, 1973 at #9 Tennessee #11 Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN L 0–21   71,656
October 6, 1973 Ole Miss Jordan-Hare StadiumAuburn, AL W 14–7   56,500
October 13, 1973 LSU Jordan-Hare StadiumAuburn, AL (Tiger Bowl) L 6–20   64,331
October 20, 1973 at Georgia Tech* Grant FieldAtlanta, GA W 24–10   59,123
October 27, 1973 #12 Houston* Jordan-Hare StadiumAuburn, AL W 7–0   58,426
November 3, 1973 Florida #19 Jordan-Hare StadiumAuburn, AL L 8–12   63,429
November 10, 1973 Mississippi State Jordan-Hare StadiumAuburn, AL W 31–17   48,427
November 17, 1973 at #20 Georgia Sanford StadiumAthens, GA (Deep South's Oldest Rivalry) L 14–28   59,700
December 1, 1973 vs. #1 Alabama Legion FieldBirmingham, AL (Iron Bowl) L 0–35   69,418
December 19, 1973 vs. Missouri Sun Bowl StadiumEl Paso, TX (Sun Bowl) L 17–34   30,127
*Non-conference game.

[3]

References

  1. ^ 2011 Auburn Tigers Football Media Guide, Auburn University Athletic Department, Auburn, Alabama, pp. 182–184,150–151 (2011). Retrieved August 19, 2011
  2. ^ Stadium Renamed To Honor Jordan “Tuscaloosa News, August 24, 1973. Retrieved August 22, 2011.
  3. ^ a b 2005 Auburn Tigers Football Media Guide, Auburn University Athletic Department, Auburn, Alabama, pp. 142–142, 180 (2005). Retrieved August 19, 2011

External links

  • Pictures of the 1973 Auburn football team on playing cards
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