Auburn–LSU football rivalry

The Auburn–LSU football rivalry, also known as the Tiger Bowl,[1][2] is an American college football rivalry between the Auburn Tigers and the LSU Tigers. Both universities have been members of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) since December 1932, but the rivalry dates back to 1901. Auburn and LSU have played every year since the SEC instituted divisional play in 1992.

Tiger Bowl
First meetingNovember 20, 1901
Auburn 28, LSU 0
Latest meetingOctober 26, 2019
LSU 23, Auburn 20
Next meetingNovember 21, 2020
Meetings total54
All-time seriesLSU leads, 31–22–1
Largest victoryLSU, 45–10 (2011)
Longest win streakLSU, 6 (1926–37)
Current win streakLSU, 3 (2017–present)
Locations of Auburn and LSU

Notable gamesEdit


Players near the goal line in 1902 LSU vs. Auburn game at State Field

LSU beat Auburn in a hard-fought game 5–0. Captain Henry Landry scored the game's only touchdown.[3] "Nearly every business house in Baton Rouge closed at noon and everybody went to the game".[4] The trip to Louisiana made some Auburn players sick.[5]


In 1908, both teams were undefeated and competing for the top spot in the SIAA. LSU beat Auburn 10–2, but both teams may claim SIAA championships, for LSU was charged with professionalism and for some stripped of the title. It was the only game LSU did not win by more than 20 points. “We won every game that fall except LSU,” Auburn star Walker Reynolds told Clyde Bolton in 1973. “But LSU had a pro team.”

The first touchdown came from LSU's John Seip. Later, Auburn's T. C. Locke blocked a punt, recovered by LSU quarterback and Hall of Famer Doc Fenton in the endzone for an Auburn safety. According to one source, Fenton was knocked unconscious by a spectator's cane as he tried to get out of the end zone.[6] LSU made the second score using conventional football.


In 1913, Auburn had one of its finest teams go undefeated. Its closest game as measured by points was a 7–0 victory over LSU. LSU's Tom Dutton starred on defense, but Kirk Newell broke loose for a 40-yard run in the third quarter, and eventually Red Harris went across for the score.


In 1988, #4 Auburn traveled to Tiger Stadium with national title aspirations. Auburn (4-0) entered the game outscoring its opponents 161–44, but were held to just two field goals. Auburn's outstanding defense kept LSU scoreless through 58 minutes. However, with 1:47 left, QB Tommy Hodson found RB Eddie Fuller open on a crossing pattern for a touchdown on fourth and goal. Ironically, it was the same play Fuller had caught on 1st and goal, only to step out of the back of the end zone. The crowd eruption was so intense that it registered as an earthquake on the seismograph located in LSU’s Howe-Russell Geoscience Complex, though much of the lore surrounding the game is largely apocryphal.[7] Both Hodson and Fuller later said it was the most physical game of their college careers.[8] College Football News ranks this game as the 17th best finish in the history of college football.[9] Auburn would have likely played Notre Dame for the National Championship had they beaten LSU, as Auburn finished the season with six consecutive wins, giving up only 31 points in the process. Auburn and LSU shared the SEC crown though Auburn went to the Sugar Bowl.


Auburn was on a 14-game winning streak when LSU traveled to Auburn in 1994, but it was LSU who led 23–9 entering the fourth quarter. LSU quarterback Jamie Howard threw five fourth quarter interceptions - three were returned for touchdowns - as Auburn extended their winning streak to 15 games with a 30–26 win. Auburn made one first down in the second half, yet scored 27 points in the comeback. Multiple players were hospitalized for dehydration after the game.[10] After the loss Jamie Howard received multiple threats.


LSU defeated Auburn 19–15 in 1996 while the old Auburn Sports Arena, affectionately called "the Barn", burned to the ground across the street from Jordan–Hare Stadium.[11] After scoring a touchdown, Auburn trailed 17–15 and attempted the two-point conversion. LSU intercepted the pass and returned it for a 19–15 win. The cause of the fire was officially undetermined,[12] though according to investigators the most probable cause was a grill placed too close to the building by tailgaters, possibly to take cover from heavy rainfall.[12] The fire was shown during ESPN's national broadcast,[13] flames being seen as high as the Jordan-Hare east upper-deck. The game was never delayed, and the Auburn public address announcer continually advised fans: "The flames [were] outside the stadium." Because of the fire and the thrilling finish, the game became known as the "Barn Burner" or "The Night The Barn Burned".


On coach Tommy Tuberville's birthday, Auburn blew out LSU 41–7 during a rare day game in Baton Rouge. In celebration, Auburn players and coaches smoked cigars on the field at Tiger Stadium, much to the chagrin of LSU players and fans. The intensity of the rivalry grew with this game, and it was used as motivation in 2001 when LSU beat Auburn 27–14 on the way to their first SEC title since splitting it in 1988. Coach Gerry DiNardo was fired before the season ended.[14]


Defending national champion and fourth ranked LSU visited Auburn just days after Hurricane Ivan. LSU took a 9–3 lead but missed the extra point. Auburn tied the game with 1:14 left when Jason Campbell threw a 16-yard TD pass to Courtney Taylor. Entering the game, Auburn had successfully converted on 190 straight extra points; however, AU kicker John Vaughn too missed the extra point. But a personal foul penalty was called on Ronnie Prude for violating a new rule restricting jumping on a field goal attempt, and Vaughn connected on the second chance. Auburn would go on to win the SEC Championship, finish 13–0 and No. 2 in the final AP poll.


The hero of the 2004 game, John Vaughn would miss five field goals - his final kick bouncing off the right upright in overtime. All of the attempted kicks were over 35 yards; 3 would have been career long kicks for Vaughn. Auburn and LSU tied for the SEC West championship, but the 20-17 OT win allowed LSU to play in the SEC Championship Game. Auburn tailback Kenny Irons, caught by ESPN cameras prior to the game guaranteeing a 200-yard game, provided a 218-yard performance and cemented himself as the starter for the rest of the season.


No. 6 LSU met No. 3 Auburn on September 16, and this marked the highest head-to-head ranking ever. The two teams played what several athletes on both teams considered their most physical game of the season. Both teams were early season national title contenders. At the end of the first half, LSU managed a last second field goal to take a 3–0 halftime lead. Auburn took the lead with a third-quarter touchdown, and had two fourth quarter stops to win 7–3 in the lowest scoring game since an LSU 6–0 victory in 1935. In the final moments, playing with no timeouts left, JaMarcus Russell threw short of the end-zone to Craig Davis and Brock delivered a hit on the four yard-line to seal the Auburn victory. The victory helped Auburn climb to No. 2 in the AP Poll, while LSU fell to No. 10.


Demetrius Byrd made a last-second catch in the end zone to win it for LSU, 30–24. Down 24–23 and driving late in the game, LSU was in field goal range with the clock running and one timeout left. However, in one of the most discussed play calls of the 2007 season, Les Miles decided to try a long pass to the end zone before a possible FG attempt. Afterwards, Miles stated there was enough time for a 41-yard FG had the pass been incomplete, and the game clock proved him correct; though conventional wisdom argued the safer bet was to advance the ball a few yards, use the time-out, and try the field goal. LSU, despite finishing the year with two losses, would go on to win the SEC and BCS National Championship.


In 2010, the game was played at Jordan–Hare Stadium in Auburn. Both teams were undefeated and ranked in the top 10: Auburn was 4th, and LSU 6th. Auburn quarterback Cam Newton excelled on the ground. He ran for a career-high 217 yards with 2 TD. Auburn totaled 440 yards rushing, which was the most ever achieved by the team against an SEC defense. The game was tied at 17 late in the fourth, when Auburn tailback Onterio McCalebb ran 70 yards for the go-ahead score with 5:05 left. Auburn would go on to win the game 24–17. Auburn finished the year 14–0, winning the SEC and BCS National Championship.


Auburn kicker Daniel Carlson kicked six field goals to upset #18 LSU 18–13 at Jordan-Hare Stadium. LSU appeared to score the winning touchdown on the last play of the game, but after video review the game clock had expired prior to the snap, thus nullifying the score. A first quarter score by LSU would be the only touchdown of the game. After three field goals Auburn would take a 9–7 lead into halftime. In the second half LSU would score two field goals while Auburn would add three more. LSU scored on what seemed to be the final play to win, but after a review, time had expired before the ball was snapped, giving Auburn the 18–13 victory. LSU head coach Les Miles was fired the next day.


Auburn jumped out to a 20–0 lead early in the second quarter by scoring on each of their first four possessions: a 46-yard field goal, a 49-yard touchdown pass, a short rushing touchdown, and a 48-yard field goal. LSU trimmed the deficit to 23–14 before halftime on a 14-yard touchdown completion. After a scoreless third quarter for both teams, LSU cut Auburn's lead to 23–21 just 27 seconds into the fourth when D.J. Chark scored a touchdown on a 75-yard punt return that brought the Tiger Stadium crowd into a frenzy. Two possessions later, LSU took its first lead of the game, 24–23, on a 42-yard field goal. LSU tacked on a 36-yard field goal to make it 27–23 with 38 seconds left. Auburn's ensuing final drive ended with three straight incompletions and a sack, as LSU pulled off the comeback upset.


Auburn led 21–10 in the middle of the third quarter before LSU rallied with 12 unanswered points, capped off by a last-second, 42-yard field goal by LSU kicker Cole Tracy, to win on the road 22–21.

Game resultsEdit

Auburn victoriesLSU victoriesTie games
No.DateLocationWinning teamLosing team
1 November 20, 1901 Baton Rouge, LA Auburn 28 LSU 0
2 October 27, 1902 Baton Rouge, LA LSU 5 Auburn 0
3 November 11, 1903 Auburn, AL Auburn 12 LSU 0
4 October 31, 1908 Auburn, AL LSU 10 Auburn 2
5 November 9, 1912 Mobile, AL Auburn 7 LSU 0
6 November 1, 1913 Mobile, AL Auburn 7 LSU 0
7 October 25, 1924 Birmingham, AL Auburn 3 LSU 0
8 October 16, 1926 Montgomery, AL LSU 10 Auburn 0
9 October 15, 1927 Montgomery, AL LSU 9 Auburn 0
10 October 13, 1934 Baton Rouge, LA LSU 20 Auburn 6
11 November 2, 1935 Baton Rouge, LA LSU 6 Auburn 0
12 November 14, 1936 Birmingham, AL #7 LSU 19 #9 Auburn 6
13 November 13, 1937 Baton Rouge, LA #12 LSU 9 #14 Auburn 7
14 November 12, 1938 Birmingham, AL #9 Auburn 28 LSU 6
15 November 18, 1939 Baton Rouge, LA Auburn 21 LSU 7
16 November 16, 1940 Birmingham, AL LSU 21 #9 Auburn 13
17 November 15, 1941 Baton Rouge, LA Tie7Tie7
18 November 14, 1942 Birmingham, AL #14 Auburn 25 #9 LSU 7
19 October 25, 1969 Baton Rouge, LA LSU 21 Auburn 20
20 October 24, 1970 Auburn, AL #14 LSU 17 #6 Auburn 9
21 October 14, 1972 Baton Rouge, LA #8 LSU 35 #9 Auburn 7
22 October 13, 1973 Auburn, AL LSU 20 Auburn 6
23 October 11, 1980 Baton Rouge, LA LSU 21 Auburn 17
24 October 10, 1981 Auburn, AL Auburn 19 LSU 7
25 October 8, 1988 Baton Rouge, LA LSU 7 #4 Auburn 6
26 October 14, 1989 Auburn, AL #12 Auburn 10 LSU 6
27 September 19, 1992 Auburn, AL Auburn 30 LSU 28
28 September 18, 1993 Baton Rouge, LA Auburn 34 LSU 10
No.DateLocationWinning teamLosing team
29 September 17, 1994 Auburn, AL #11 Auburn 30 LSU 26
30 September 16, 1995 Baton Rouge, LA LSU 12 #5 Auburn 6
31 September 21, 1996 Auburn, AL #21 LSU 19 #13 Auburn 15
32 September 20, 1997 Baton Rouge, LA #12 Auburn 31 #10 LSU 28
33 September 19, 1998 Auburn, AL #7 LSU 31 Auburn 19
34 September 18, 1999 Baton Rouge, LA #24 Auburn 41 LSU 7
35 September 16, 2000 Auburn, AL #25 Auburn 34 #22 LSU 17
36 December 1, 2001 Baton Rouge, LA LSU 27 Auburn 14
37 October 26, 2002 Auburn, AL Auburn 31 #10 LSU 7
38 October 25, 2003 Baton Rouge, LA #9 LSU 31 #17 Auburn 7
39 September 18, 2004 Auburn, AL #14 Auburn 10 #5 LSU 9
40 October 22, 2005 Baton Rouge, LA #7 LSU 20 #16 Auburn 17OT
41 September 16, 2006 Auburn, AL #3 Auburn 7 #6 LSU 3
42 October 20, 2007 Baton Rouge, LA #5 LSU 30 #18 Auburn 24
43 September 20, 2008 Auburn, AL #6 LSU 26 #9 Auburn 21
44 October 24, 2009 Baton Rouge, LA #10 LSU 31 Auburn 10
45 October 23, 2010 Auburn, AL #5 Auburn 24 #6 LSU 17
46 October 22, 2011 Baton Rouge, LA #1 LSU 45 #19 Auburn 10
47 September 22, 2012 Auburn, AL #2 LSU 12 Auburn 10
48 September 21, 2013 Baton Rouge, LA #6 LSU 35 Auburn 21
49 October 4, 2014 Auburn, AL #5 Auburn 41 #15 LSU 7
50 September 19, 2015 Baton Rouge, LA #13 LSU 45 #18 Auburn 21
51 September 24, 2016 Auburn, AL Auburn 18 #18 LSU 13
52 October 14, 2017 Baton Rouge, LA LSU 27 #10 Auburn 23
53 September 15, 2018 Auburn, AL #12 LSU 22 #7 Auburn 21
54 October 26, 2019 Baton Rouge, LA #2 LSU 23 #9 Auburn 20
Series: LSU leads 31–22–1

Series record source: College Football Data Warehouse.[15]


From 2000 to 2005, Auburn or LSU won or tied for the SEC West Division championship every season.

From 2000 to 2007, the home team won eight straight games. (Immediately before then, the road team had won four straight, from 1996 to 1999.)

The 2006 game was the lowest scoring contest between the two schools since 1935, when LSU defeated Auburn 6–0 in Baton Rouge.

9 of the first 13 meetings were shutouts, however neither has been shut out since.

LSU leads the series 30–22–1. LSU leads the series in games played in Baton Rouge and Montgomery, Alabama, with a 17–5–1 and 2–0 record, respectively. Auburn leads games played at Jordan–Hare Stadium (11–6), Birmingham, Alabama (3–2), and Mobile, Alabama (2–0). When the SEC expanded, Auburn and LSU were placed in the SEC's West Division. The Auburn–LSU game quickly became a highly anticipated and respected rivalry.

Since becoming permanent SEC opponents in 1992, the majority of the series has been played in September. Only eight times have games been scheduled in October. Beginning with the 2020 season, the rivalry game will be moved to the next to last week of the regular season due to a schedule reshuffling that is moving the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry to October.[16]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Sensational endings highlight Auburn–LSU rivalry
  2. ^ LSU vs Auburn live stream: Watch Tiger Bowl online
  3. ^ "L. S. U. 5, Auburns 0". The Times-Democrat. October 28, 1920. p. 11. Retrieved May 3, 2016 – via  
  4. ^ "Louisiana State Downs Red Haired Auburnites". Atlanta Constitution. October 28, 1902. p. 11. Retrieved May 3, 2016 – via  
  5. ^ "Clemson Wins From Auburn". Atlanta Constitution. November 16, 1902. p. 11. Retrieved May 3, 2016 – via  
  6. ^ "George Doc Fenton".
  7. ^ "What really happened at the Auburn-LSU 'Earthquake Game'? - The War Eagle Reader". Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  8. ^ (LSU), Louisiana State University. "Page Not Found". Archived from the original on 20 June 2007. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  9. ^ " 100 Greatest Finishes - No. 11 to 20". Archived from the original on 11 October 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  10. ^ "Multiple players were hospitalized for dehydration after the 1994 Auburn-LSU Interception Game - The War Eagle Reader". Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Remembering the forgotten victims (and 'rumors') from the 'Night the Barn Burned' - The War Eagle Reader". Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  12. ^ a b "Remembering the forgotten victims (and 'rumors') from the 'Night the Barn Burned' - The War Eagle Reader". Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  13. ^ "Video from the broadcast of the 1996 Auburn-LSU Barn fire game - The War Eagle Reader". Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  14. ^ Marcello, Brandon. "Auburn's Unlucky Cigar -", 16 September 2015. Retrieved on 8 July 2017.
  15. ^ College football Data Warehouse, Auburn vs Louisiana State Archived October 23, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved December 1, 2011.
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