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Nostalgia Friday: 1957 National Champions

By on June 29th, 2018 in Football, Memories 6 Comments »

Auburn fullback Billy "Ace" Atkins runs the ball against Tennessee in 1957. The Tigers beat the defending SEC Champs 7-0 in Knoxville.

Today’s Nostalgia Friday salutes the 1957 National Championship team. In Shug Jordan’s seventh season, he led Auburn to a perfect 10–0 season. How dominant was this team? It shut out six of its opponents and gave up only 28 points all year.

Stop and think about that for a second. It’s simply amazing. In victories over Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Alabama, the Tigers beat their SEC opponents by a combined score of 75–0.

Auburn quarterback Lloyd Nix threw for 542 yards—all season. Wide receiver Jimmy “Red”Phillips accounted for 357 of those yards. Tommy Lorino carried much of the load on the ground, running for nearly 500 yards.

This clip looks at Auburn’s entire undefeated season. It was part of the 50th Anniversary celebration at Jordan-Hare Stadium during the 2007 Vanderbilt game. War Eagle, and I hope all of you have a great weekend and a Happy Fourth of July!

6 Comments

  1. Randyc37 Randyc37 says:

    A nice read and tribute to a great Auburn football team. I have been fortunate to meet several of the players on that team. My HS football and wrestling coach was Jim Jeffrey who played on the line for that team.

  2. Jason Wright says:

    Don't know if we'll ever see a defensive unit as good as those guys were. They beat Alabama 40-0! Man I'd love to see Auburn shutout the elephants!

  3. Older Whiskey says:

    Had the privilege of seeing two games that year – Kentucky and Florida. $4 a seat in those days. I was thrilled when my hometown hero Red Phillips scored on a 67-yard pass play against the Gators.

  4. AUwaterboy AUwaterboy says:

    What a coach & what a team!

  5. domaucan1 domaucan1 says:

    Wow! Great article! WAR EAGLE !!! Go Big Blue! It’s great to be an Auburn Tiger!

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