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Nostalgia Friday: 1994 Auburn vs. LSU

By on January 31st, 2014 in Football 6 Comments »


Before craziness took on a whole new meaning in 2013, there was September 17, 1994. Auburn coach Terry Bowden put his nearly two-year unbeaten streak on the line when his Tigers welcomed LSU to Jordan-Hare Stadium. For more than three quarters it was a nightmare for Auburn fans.

Trailing 23-9 well into the fourth quarter, many had already headed for the gates when the Auburn defense took over. In a span of a few minutes, the Auburn defense returned three interceptions for touchdowns on the way to an improbable 30-26 win.

The Auburn offense produced no touchdowns that day and managed only 18 yards of total offense in the second half. On the afternoon, the Tiger defense forced eight turnovers and kept Bowden’s 14 game winning streak intact.

The game easily ranks among the top five most improbable wins in Auburn history.


  1. win4au says:

    I want that defense back! What a great game. I missed that game by 2 years. My first AU v LSU experience… the “Fire Game”

  2. domaucan1 domaucan1 says:

    Being a native and life-long resident of Baton Rouge, LA, this game is my ALL TIME FAVORITE! I know there are all the GREAT bama and uga victories but this one is dear to my heart. An older friend commented to me after this game that he would have been ashamed to accept a win like this. My reply was,”If it had been the other way around, you lsu people would be crowing about what a great defense you have!” After all the heart breaking losses to these guys, it was just a little pay back. Now we need to go out and really defeat them this year!


    WAR EAGLE !!!

    GO BIG BLUE !!!

    BEAT LSU !!!

  3. Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

    One of my favorite games. It’s shown a lot on TV as one CFB’s classic games.

  4. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..That was a tough day for the Auburn offense. LSU had a couple of dangerous defensive ends, and Auburn was in game 3 of starting true sophomore Willie Anderson and true freshman Victor Riley at the tackle spots. It was a bad mismatch. Riley and Anderson would go on to be great Auburn linemen and play a long time in the NFL. But they got schooled, that day.

    …..This was the game that broke Curley Hallman’s back at LSU. I still haven’t figured out why they kept throwing the ball with the lead. Robert Toomer was gashing Auburn pretty badly on the ground, why not run the clock?

    • tigertracker says:

      Acid I vaguely remember my dad telling me a story about a lineman having to get weighed at the vet school years ago because the athletic dept didn’t have a scale that went over 300 lbs. Vet school had one big enough for cows and horses. That seems ridiculous now, but 300 lb linemen weren’t always the standard. Does that ring a bell for you (or anyone), because I’m thinking it was Willie Anderson.

      • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

        …..I was thinking it was either Ed King, or Donnie Humphrey. We definitely had 300+ linemen a plenty in the 1990s, although King was early ’90s. Riley and Anderson were that big, as was Kendall Simmons and Demarcus Curry. There were probably others. I remember Donnie Humphrey was a wrecking ball at defensive tackle/nose.