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Nostalgic Friday: 1993 Auburn vs. Florida

By on July 13th, 2018 in Football, Memories 8 Comments »

Ace Atkins, son of Auburn legend Billy Atkins, appeared standing over Florida's quarterback on the front of Sports Illustrated's special edition commemorating the 1993 "Perfect Season" (photo: Jim Gunn/Sports Ilustrated)

It’s a shame that league expansion has changed some of the most historic rivalries in the SEC. One of the most exciting every year was the Auburn–Florida game. There have been so many extraordinary games in the series, and today we look at another great one.

Auburn came into the contest on October 16, 1993 as a big underdog at home. The fourth-ranked Gators were expected to trounce over the upstart 19th-ranked Tigers.

Few around the country believed that Auburn’s 6–0 record was for real. The victory marked a turning point in the season—others around the country started taking notice of this team and its young coach, Terry Bowden.

Before a capacity crowd at Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn would prevail in a back-and-forth contest that ended with the Tigers pulling out a 38–35 win on the way to a perfect 11–0 season. 

At the end of today’s highlights there is some rare footage of locker-room interviews of some of the great players on that undefeated team:  James Bostic, Frank Sanders, Chris Shelling, and Brian Robinson to name a few. Enjoy and …

War Eagle!


  1. AUglenn says:

    Good post Jay. Enjoyed the video.

  2. AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

    We were there in Jordan-Hare. It was a great thing to be a part of. Crowd was involved and the Tigers were not going to be denied. It was the kind of game that keeps me buying those season seats. Video brought back those special moments reminding me what it was like to be in the stands. War Eagle!

    • ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

      We were there as well — Thanks Jay! It’s always great to see you post and can always expect a great read!

      War Eagle!

  3. jbellison56 says:

    Enjoyed the article Jay, and video made me feel like I was almost there. Wish we still played ‘em every year.

    • WarSamEagle WarSamEagle says:

      Me too, and it was good to hear Jim Fyffe’s voice making the calls …. TouchDown A – U- B- U- R -N !!!!

  4. AUwaterboy AUwaterboy says:

    That game was one of my best times of the Florida series. Heck of any game I’ve ever watched at Jordan-Hare. When Calvin Jackson made that touchdown run the place exploded. The crowd was a big factor after he scored. Good memories Jay. Thanks!

  5. Older Whiskey says:

    Great selection, Jay. Auburn could not be on TV that year due to probation, so I haven’t seen a lot of this. Hard to believe it’s been 25 years.

  6. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..I was at work, listening on the radio. I thought this game was over in the 1st quarter. In the three previous years, Auburn had been thrashed 48-7, 31-10, and 24-9 in a down year for Florida. The Gators had easily driven for a field goal and a touchdown, and had moved the ball the length of the field again. I don’t think Auburn had even gotten a first down, and was about to be down 17-0.

    ……Then Calvin Jackson made that pick-six! Folks, that’s a classic jam at the line of scrimmage. Even with the pick, Auburn managed only one first half offensive score, and Florida had bulged out to a 27-14 halftime lead. Something flipped on for the Tigers, in the locker room at halftime. Auburn dominated the second half, outscoring Florida 24-8, en route to a huge upset win.