Nostalgia Friday: Auburn vs. Alabama 1993

By Posted on: March 14th, 2014 in Football 6 Comments »

It was one of Auburn’s most unlikely seasons. While they were not the long shots we saw in 2013, the 1993 Auburn football team was nowhere to be found on the college football radar as the season started.

Taking over following the Pat Dye era, Terry Bowden was the surprise pick of the Auburn search committee and expectations couldn’t be lower heading into his first campaign.

Following a nasty, months long investigation by the NCAA involving former player Eric Ramsey, Auburn was not only on probation and ineligible for bowl play, they were also banned from television. In fact, they were the last major program to be subjected to this penalty – one that likely will never be implemented again.

Bowden’s bunch captured the hearts of Auburn people across the country, but only a select few ever saw them on the field.

Auburn ran through its 11- game schedule unscathed and perfect. The crowning moment came on November 20, 1993 at Jordan-Hare Stadium when Auburn defeated Alabama 22-14. It’s remembered as one of the greatest wins in Auburn football history.

The above video is from the coaches cameras because no broadcast cameras were allowed. Auburn would go on to finish fourth nationally in 1993 and while they didn’t win the SEC in the record books, they were clearly champions of the SEC.

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  1. wde1988 wde1988 says:

    Great memories. Nix to Sanders.. Bostic… days gone by. But truer words were never said… this team became the standard. The benchmark season…

    I bet Terry wished he could have stayed longer. But at auburn… we don’t just settle. We strive for greatness!

    WDE

  2. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    I was lucky enough to be at that game. In an endzone….”James Bostic running at me! James Bostic running at me!”. That season was pure magic.

    There’s a picture in Pops of ToTM’s home office of Dye hugging Bowden on the field after the game. When Bowden left, it was a couple of years before I could look at that picture without a pang. Now I look at it and smile and remember the good years of the Bowden Era.

  3. Older Whiskey says:

    Great memory. That was our first victory over the Tide since the ’89 game. There were broadcast cameras there, though. The game was broadcast to Bryant-Denny on closed circuit.

  4. KoolBell KoolBell says:

    “Auburn would go on to finish fourth nationally in 1993 and while they didn’t win the SEC in the record books, they were clearly champions of the SEC.”

    Indeed, Auburn was to be the only undefeated team in the country that season. Many believe that the Tigers of the 1993 squad are the National Champions that year. I can’t say that I disagree.

    Auburn played what has been determined to be the 68th toughest schedule that season behind the three other schools ranked ahead of them in the final poll.

    Those teams that were determined to be “weak” are Samford, Southern Miss, and New Mexico State.

    Greatly enjoyed this post Jay, I look forward to the next one of these.

  5. AUwaterboy says:

    “Eleven and O! – Eleven and O! – Eleven and O!

    Good stuff, Thanx Jay for the post!

  6. mvhcpa says:

    …and what penalty did Bama get for their little issue a few years ago? Oh, another Natty? Same crime, no penalty.

    Michael Val
    (who was sick that AU did what they did to get penalized for ’93, and is even sicker that NO ONE ELSE ever seems to get the butt end of the enforcement stick–well, Ohio St kinda did, but you-know-who must be TEFLON)