Nostalgia Friday: 1972 Sugar Bowl
Our Nostalgia Friday pieces typically highlight Auburn victories from years past. Today we take a look at a loss. The footage here from the 1972 Sugar Bowl between Auburn and Oklahoma is just too good to pass up regardless of the outcome.
The 1971 season will be remembered as the Heisman Trophy winning year of Pat Sullivan. He also had a pretty good receiver by the name of Terry Beasley – you may have heard of him. Auburn started the year by winning its first nine games and putting itself into national championship contention.
It then laid an egg against Alabama, losing in blowout fashion 31-7. Despite the loss, Auburn was invited to face Oklahoma in New Orleans at old Tulane Stadium. The outcome wasn’t much better than the Iron Bowl.
Led by Greg Pruitt, the Sooners ran all over Auburn and Sullivan-to-Beasley never got going that afternoon, with the Tigers falling 40-22. Auburn would finish the year 9-2 overall and 5-1 in the SEC. The Associated Press voters put Auburn at 12th in its final poll while UPI (the other major poll at the time) had Auburn fifth.
There are two parts to this video. The first one is embedded above. The second one can be found here. Despite the loss, this is some of the coolest Auburn footage I’ve seen in years.