Top 30 at Jordan-Hare: #16 Auburn 20, Florida State 17



16. Auburn 20 vs. Florida State 17 – Oct. 20, 1990

How I Remember It: I don’t. I was just told this one was good enough to be on the list, and after doing a little research, I agree.

What Really Happened: Auburn came into the game with a 4-0-1 record and ranked 5th in the nation. The tie was to Tennessee which made 24th on the list. Florida State was 4-1 and ranked 7th.

Auburn took an early 7-0 lead late in the 1st quarter with a 6-yard touchdown run. However, Florida State scored 17 points in the 2nd quarter alone to go into the half with the 17-7 lead.

Auburn would add a field goal by Jim Von Wyl in the 3rd quarter to go into the 4th down seven points.

For some reason, with a 7-point lead the Seminoles tried a fumblerooski, but were unsuccessful as Auburn fell on the ball before the Florida State lineman had a chance to pick it up.

Auburn running back, Stacy Danley, scored the tying touchdown with 3:47 left to play. Florida State would drive down to the Auburn 37-yard line, but on 4th and 5, Seminole quarterback, Casey Weldon, was sacked for a 22-yard loss with 1:04 to play.

The Tigers then drove down to the 21-yard line where Von Wyl kicked the game winning field goal as time expired.

Fun Fact: Miami (#2) and Tennessee (#3) both lost that day and the Tigers jumped to #2 in the nation in the polls. The win also gave Auburn sole possession of 1st place in the SEC.

Why did I pick this game? Like I said, I didn’t remember this game. I should have, but I guess I had a tree to climb or something. When I went back and read about it, though, there was no way I could leave it off the list. A top-10 battle going down to a last second field goal with a bonehead play call to allow a comeback that vaulted the Tigers to #2 in the nation? Yeah, that’s pretty big.

Play of the Game: The failed fumblerooski was big, but the last second field goal won it, so I’ll give it to the kick.

Player of the Game: Jim Von Wyl kicked two field goals, including the game winner. Plus, he has an awesome name.

Notes: Box Score | Auburn Game Program Cover

The rest of the Top 30:

17. Auburn 28 vs. Alabama 23 – Nov. 22, 2003

18. Auburn 29 vs. Georgia 26 – Nov. 11, 2000

19. Auburn 38 vs. Arkansas – Oct. 16, 2004

20. LSU 26 vs. Auburn 21 – Sept. 20, 2008

21. Georgia 19 vs. Auburn 14 – Nov. 13, 1982

22. Auburn 17 vs. Alabama 10 – Nov. 24, 2007

23. Auburn 33 vs. Ole Miss 20 – Oct. 31, 2009

24. Auburn 26 vs. Tennessee 26 – Sept. 29, 1990

25. Auburn 31 vs. LSU 7 – Oct. 26, 2002

26. Auburn 27 vs. Florida State 24 – Oct. 1, 1983

27. Ole Miss 24 vs. Auburn 20 – Nov. 8, 2003

28. Auburn 24 vs. Georgia 6 – Nov. 13, 2004

29. Auburn 55 vs. Pacific 0 – Sept. 9, 1989

30. Auburn 37 vs. Syracuse 34 – Sept. 28, 2002