Top 30 at Jordan-Hare: #15 Auburn 7, LSU 3


15. Auburn 7 vs. LSU 3 – Sept. 16, 2006

How I Remember It: Kirk Herbstreit called it a war. I called it a boring game with an exciting ending. I remember LSU kicking a first half field goal, Brandon Cox scoring on a quarterback sneak in the 3rd quarter, and the reversed pass interference call that competely made sense, but would infuriate me to this day if I were an LSU fan. The call was correct, but when’s the last time you saw a call reversed for a reason that made sense?

If you don’t remember what happened, let me remind you. Near the end of the game, on 4th down, with LSU down 7-3, an LSU receiver was all but tackled as the ball approached him, but Eric Brock dove and knocked the ball away before it got to the receiver. The initial call was pass interference, but after the officials talked about it, the call was reversed. It made sense because the ball wasn’t going to be caught anyway, but pass interference is a judgment call and never reversed. The penalty would have given LSU a first down and put them in prime position to win the game.

When it comes down to it, I’m happy with the call, but like I said, it would be tough for me to swallow if I smelled like a corndog.

What Really Happened: This game was played on ESPN’s Separation Saturday: a set of games that was supposed to separate the contenders from the pretenders. Yes, it still sounds as stupid as it did back then, but anyway.

The Tigers and Tigers came into the game both ranked in the top 10 (Auburn – #3, LSU – #7). The hype was huge.

As remembered, LSU kicked a field goal in the 2nd quarter, and the scored stayed 3-0 going into the half. On Auburn’s first possession of the 2nd half, the good Tigers drove 80 yards in almost seven minutes, capping it with a 1-yard Brandon Cox quarterback sneak. This drive would account for almost half of Auburn’s total yards for the game as they only gained 181 yards. The purple Tigers only gained 311. This game was definitely a good old-fashioned defensive battle.

LSU would drive inside Auburn territory five times in the second half and came away with no points. The two biggest stops coming on the reversed pass interference call, and the final play of the game as Eric Brock saved the day once again with a last second tackle around the 5-yard line.

Fun Facts: This win, paired with a Notre Dame loss, moved Auburn up to #2 in the nation. Also, the 7-3 score was the lowest in Jordan-Hare since 1973. And since we’re talking about the 70’s, this was the first time these two teams played while being ranked in the top 10 since 1972.

Why did I pick this game? This was one of the most hyped games in Jordan-Hare history and it actually lived up to its billing. Even though this was only the third game of the season, Auburn and LSU were both playing for a spot in the SEC championship game and a possible national championship game berth. It was a defensive, methodical game, but Auburn did enough to win a huge battle, holding on for dear life at the end. This was one of the loudest games that I remember and one of the biggest games, that meant the most (at the time), in Jordan-Hare history.

Play of the Game: Eric Brock’s game-saving tackle at the 4-yard line with no time left on the clock sealed the win.

Player of the Game: Eric Brock’s last second tackle and diving play to knock the ball away on the reversed pass interference play definitely gives him the honor.

Quote of the Game: “The coaches told us anything we see in front of us, you hit it.” – Eric Brock

National Story: ESPN | Auburn Archives

Game Notes: Auburn Archives

Game Quotes: Auburn Archives

Highlight Videos: A96 Productions | ESPN

The Last Play (from the stands):

The rest of the Top 30:

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

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