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Nostalgia Friday: 1994 Auburn vs. Florida

By on June 20th, 2014 in Football 4 Comments »

The 1994 edition of Auburn vs. Florida will go down as one of the most exciting wins of the decade. Terry Bowden’s Tigers came to Gainesville riding a 16-game winning streak and most everyone expected it to come to an end against the top-ranked Gators.

Led by quarterback Patrick Nix, Auburn came into the game a whopping 17-point underdog to Steve Spurrier. However, the sixth-ranked Tigers kept pace with Florida all day. Spurrier would eventually replace quarterback Terry Dean with future Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel, but a key interception by Brian Robinson with 1:20 left in the game opened the door for Auburn.

Patrick Nix quickly drove the Tigers down the field, capping it off with an eight-yard touchdown pass to Frank Sanders in the closing seconds to give Auburn an improbable 36-33 win.

The Tigers would go on to finish the year with a 9-1-1 record and a number nine national ranking. Because of probation, Auburn was ineligible for bowl play.  


  1. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..One thing I remember about that year for the Gators, was the whole Terry Dean story. Dean led that team to a top-ranked spot, playing very well. Then, he had a meltdown against Auburn, with about 4 turnovers.

    Wuerffel entered the game, and had Florida in position to win. They had a third and long, and could have probably hit a checkdown route for a first down against Wayne Hall’s prevent defense. Instead, Spurrier took a deep shot down the middle with a 33-29 lead, and Robinson was waiting. Had they thrown the out cut to the slot, guys on both sides of the field were open.

    …..What was sad was that Terry Dean was done, at that point. You have to wonder.

  2. war76eagle says:

    This was absolutely one of the best games I ever saw. The “Gator” play to the tight ends was there all day long. We stayed with the team in Ocala and saw Tommy Bowden in the elevator Friday night before the game. He said they had a special play for the gators and that was the play.

    Also, Frank Sanders’ TD catch was spectacular. He jumped into the stands after the catch, where all the recruits were and high five’d a bunch of them. gator fans went berserk. Some of the best offensive play calling in my memory! War Damn Eagle!!

  3. SEC_Eric SEC_Eric says:

    Enjoyed the video. “Nix to Sanders!” WDE !!!

  4. wde1988 wde1988 says:

    Bowden, when he used his staff, was a capable coach. His problem was recruiting. It ultimately cost him his dream job.