For the 46th time, Auburn will face No. 2 Louisiana State Saturday, with the Bengal Tigers clinging to a 24-20-1 series advantage. The Tigers from Alabama shut out LSU 28-0 in the 1901 series opener in Baton Rouge, La. The winning team held its opponent scoreless 11 out of the first 13 games. The 1935 LSU victory (6-0) marks the last shutout in the rivalry. Auburn leads the series in games played at Jordan-Hare Stadium with a 10-6 record dating back to 1970. The winning team has represented the Western Division in the SEC Championship eight out of the last 12 years. Auburn looks to avenge last year’s 45-10 defeat and earn its first SEC win of the season.
No. 5: Oct. 22, 2005- Baton Rouge, La.
LSU: 20 (OT)
Ranked No. 15 in the nation, Auburn kicker John Vaughn had the worst game of his life against the No. 7 Bengal Tigers in front of 92,630 hostile fans at Tiger Stadium in Death Valley. Vaughn rarely missed, finishing his Auburn career with a .667 field goal percentage, but something happened that fateful Saturday in October. Vaughn went just 1-for-6 on the game, his worst performance as a Tiger. Despite out-rushing LSU by nearly 100 yards, the game ultimately rested on Vaughn’s shoulders. As you’ll see later, the kicker out of Brentwood, Tenn., had stunned the Louisiana team at Jordan-Hare one year earlier by kicking a perfect field goal to seal the upset. The teams were tied 17-17 at the end of regulation, pushing the game to go into overtime. LSU scored lit up the scoreboard first with a field goal, leaving Auburn one final drive to clinch the upset. The Tigers drove down the field but the LSU defense came up with a huge third-and-long stop to set up the tying field goal to force a second overtime. In the last play of the game, Vaughn set up for the 39-yard attempt. Then it happened. The ball hit off the left upright to give Les Miles and the Bayou Bengals the 20-17 victory.
No. 4: Sept. 17, 1994- Auburn
Despite allowing the Bayou Bengals to gain over 400 total yards, nearly 250 more yards than Auburn’s offense, the No. 11 Tigers came away with a victory in front of 84,754 at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The Terry Bowden-led Tigers came into the game hungry to add to its 14-game win streak, but the game did not go exactly as planned. Trailing 23-9 with 14:17 remaining in the fourth quarter, it looked as though the visiting team had figured out Auburn. That is until LSU quarterback Jamie Howard lost control. Those watching the game witnessed a true Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde moment. Howard looked unstoppable for three quarters, shredding the Auburn pass-defense. Then he suddenly forgot everything. In just over 14 minutes of play, Howard threw five interceptions, three of which were returned for touchdowns. Howard’s final pass of the day was picked off in the end zone with 16 seconds on the clock, securing the Auburn comeback and extending its win streak to 15. The defeat did not sit well with the Bayou faithful, who were so upset after losing a game they believed they should have won that they sent death threats to the quarterback. The Tigers went on to win five more games before tying Georgia and losing to Alabama, ending the winning streak at 20 games.
No. 3: Sept. 18, 2004- Auburn
LSU came into the game as the defending national champions and the No. 4 ranked team in the country. The Bayou Bengals were looking for a big SEC win, but No. 15 Auburn had something else in mind. The Tigers proved to be tougher than the nation gave them credit for. By the game’s end, only 7 yards separated Auburn and LSU. All in all, it was a defensive battle and LSU led 9-3 for the majority of the game after missing the PAT. With just under seven minutes to go, Auburn quarterback Jason Campbell lead the offense on a clock-eating, 12-play, 59-yard drive. With 1:14 left on the clock, Campbell threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Courtney Taylor, tying the game 9-9. Enter John Vaughn. The kicker, who had made 190 consecutive PATs, needed to extend his record by one to seal the Tiger victory. Only it didn’t happen; Vaughn missed the PAT. But wait; there was a flag on the play. LSU’s Ronnie Prude had jumped on the point after attempt, giving Auburn one last chance to beat its rivals. Vaughn’s second attempt went clear through the uprights, giving Auburn the 10-9 victory. The Tigers went on to finished the season a perfect 13-0 and No. 2 in the polls.
No. 2: Oct. 23, 2010- Auburn
Best described as an offensive explosion, the undefeated No. 4 Auburn Tigers amassed 526 yards on the day, 440 from the run game alone. The game wasn’t supposed to be like that. No. 6 ranked LSU was undefeated and looking to make a national championship run, but second-year head coach Gene Chizik had another idea. LSU, meet Cam Newton. Newton, the Tigers first-year starting quarterback, had arguably the best season in college football history. This game only helped build his case. Newton ran for a career-high 217 yards with two touchdowns. Even with Newton’s breakout performance, the game was tied 17-17 late in the fourth quarter. With 5:05 remaining, running back Onterio McCalebb broke through the LSU defense and ran 70 yards for the go-ahead score. The Bayou Bengals had no answer, and the Tigers went on to win 24-17. Auburn finished the season with an unblemished 14-0 record, including victories over South Carolina in the SEC championship and Oregon in the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game in Glendale, AZ.
No. 1: Oct. 8, 1988- Baton Rouge, La.
The No. 4 ranked Tigers traveled to Death Valley to face the Bayou Bengals in front of a crowd of 79,431 at Tiger Stadium in what is now widely regarded as the Earthquake Game. Auburn entered the game as an offensive powerhouse, outscoring opponents 161-44 in their first four contests. It looked as though Auburn’s defense picked up right where it had left off, holding LSU scoreless for 58 minutes. But LSU’s defense proved overpowering, holding the visiting team to just two field goals, ultimately setting the stage for one of the greatest comebacks in college football. With 1:47 on the clock, and an LSU fourth and goal, quarterback Tommy Hodson connected with a wide-open running back Eddie Fuller for a touchdown. The sold-out stadium erupted with cheers so intense, the seismograph in LSU’s Howe-Russell Geoscience Complex registered it as an earthquake. The game ranks in the top-20 best finishes in the history of college football, according the College Football News.