Top 30 at Jordan-Hare: #13 Auburn 28, Tennessee 21


13. Auburn 28 vs. Tennessee 21 – Oct. 4, 2003

How I Remember It: This game was one of the loudest that I remember in my 25+ year Jordan-Hare history. Auburn was in the middle of it’s disappointing 2003 season, and if I remember correctly, Tennessee came in ranked in the top-10. Besides a late comeback by the Casey Clausen-led Vols, Auburn pretty much dominated the whole game. Well, they at least dominated long enough to get a good lead that would hold to the end.

I sat in the same spot that I sat for the loss to Ole Miss that made #27 on the list. I remember a pass to Ben Obomanu in the left corner of my endzone. I remember a few feelings of “man, how are we beating them this bad”. I remember a few thoughts that my recently deceased grandfather was somehow making it happen. Sorry, had to get a little emotional on you, but it’s the truth.

I believe there was a pretty big stop at the end to keep the Vols from tying, but I don’t remember for sure, so let’s see.

What Really Happened: Auburn was 2-2, and had dropped from their high preseason rankings after their two, touchdown-less, opening season losses. Tennessee was 4-0 and ranked #7 in the nation.

Auburn took their opening drive 80-yards and scored on a 6-yard run by Ronnie Brown. On their next possession, Jason Campbell threw a 29-yard touchdown pass in the left corner of the endzone to Obomanu, like I had remembered.

The Auburn defense held Tennessee in check for most of the first half,  but the Vols would drive 85 yards just before halftime to score with less than a minute remaining in the 2nd quarter. Auburn led 14-7 at halftime.

Cadillac scored on a 1-yard run on Auburn’s first possession of the 2nd half to give the Tigers a 21-7 lead. Jason Campbell then completed an 8-yard touchdown pass to Cole Bennett on the 2nd play of the 4th quarter to put Auburn up 28-7.

That’s when the near-comeback led by the “Iceman” began.

Clausen would throw for a touchdown on each of the Vols’ next two possessions bringing the score to 28-21 with just over seven minutes left in the game.

Auburn would take six minutes to drive down to the Tennessee 29-yard line, but with a chance to seal the win, John Vaughn missed a 46-yard field goal with just over a minute to play.

The Vols then drove down to the Auburn 30-yard line, thanks to a 21-yard completion on 4th-and-15, but with 1:04 remaining in the game, Carlos Rogers intercepted a pass to end the threat.

The Tigers had beaten the #7 Vols 28-21.

Fun Fact: This was the 11th consecutive game in the series that featured at least one team ranked in the top-10 nationally.

Why did I pick this game? As I said earlier, this was one of the loudest games that I remember at Jordan-Hare. The atmosphere was electric as Auburn took the early lead on the highly ranked Vols. The defense played great and the offense scored more touchdowns in one quarter than they had in the first two games of the season. The win over a top-10 doesn’t hurt either.

Play of the Game: Carlos Rogers’s interception with a minute to play sealed the win for Auburn.

Player of the Game: Cadillac ran the ball 36 times for 185 yards and a touchdown against the team he had previously committed to coming out of high school. That’s pretty strong.

Quote of the Game: “This is probably the best job we’ve done on offense in the last two years.” – Tommy Tuberville

Game Story: ESPN | Auburn Archives

Box Score and Notes: Auburn Archives

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The rest of the Top 30:

14. Georgia 56 vs. Auburn 49 – Nov. 16, 1996

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

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