1. Auburn 30 vs. Alabama 20 - Dec. 2, 1989
How I Remember It: Honestly, the only thing I remember about this game is the pep rally the day before. I remember going to the 'Beat Bama' parade, and my dad asking me what a certain sign said. It said "Beat Bama's Butt", and I thought it was so cool that I got to say "butt". The parade ended at the baseball stadium where the pep rally was held. I remember standing outside the stadium, which was much smaller back then, and seeing Pat Dye talking on a stage that seemed to be around shortstop. I will remind you, this is a seven year old's memory, so I could be way off, but that's what I remember.
Anything that I remember from the game was seen on a video tape or YouTube. I know there were paper shakers, and I know there were so many that there was an orange and blue fog above the stadium from the particles released from the paper strands. I also know that Alabama didn't have a chance.
What Really Happened: As we all know, this was the first Iron Bowl ever played at Auburn. Auburn came into the game with an 8-2 (5-2) record and was ranked #11 in the nation. Alabama was undefeated and ranked #2 nationally, so it wasn't like the Tigers were guaranteed a win just because it was a special game in the history of the rivalry. Alabama wasn't going to just lay down and let the Tigers pick up a sentimental win, they were playing for a national title.
2. Auburn 22 vs. Alabama 14 - Nov. 20, 1993
How I Remember It: 1993 must have just been my year. Like the Florida game from this same season, I sat in the "orange seats" for the Iron Bowl as well.
I remember Patrick Nix coming off the bench and throwing to Frank Sanders for a touchdown on his first pass. I remember James Bostic running up the middle to seal the win. I also remember jumping over the divider between the common folk and the uppity folk after the win to get closer to the celebration, which drew looks of shock from the regulars.
For some reason, I believe someone mentioned Dameyune Craig to me for the first time, saying he was going to be pretty good, and I'd say they were right.
What Really Happened: The Bowden-led, probation-stricken, no-tv-or-bowl-game Tigers came into this game undefeated (10-0) and ranked #6 in the nation, which was ridiculous. Auburn couldn't play for the national championship game, due to probation, so I guess that meant they weren't as good. Alabama was 8-1-1 and ranked #11 nationally.
3. Auburn 30 vs. LSU 26 - Sept. 17, 1994
How I Remember It: This game has to be the most played "College Flash Classic" in the history of television. I have to delete it from my DVR almost everyday, but leaving at least one to watch, of course. I have watched this game, or at least the 4th quarter, more than any other Auburn game ever, so it's going to be tough to separate what I really remember from the game and what I've seen a thousand times on Fox Sports South.
Actually, it won't be too hard because I know that when Auburn began it's awesome comeback, I was in the car with my Granny, going to pick up my little brother from a birthday party at the Rec center. We were getting gas at the Shell station on 2nd Avenue in Opelika when Jim Fyffe announced yet another interception. I remember Granny saying something to the effect of "WHAT?!", or something like that. Other than that, that's all I really remember from that day.
4. Auburn 38 vs. Florida 35 - Oct. 16, 1993
How I Remember It: I was eleven years old and I watched this game, one of the biggest wins in Auburn history, in the lap of luxury. That's right, I had the pleasure of watching this one from the scholarship seats, also known as the "orange seats". That meant free, unlimited hot-dogs, popcorn, cokes, and even a free game program.
I don't remember much because I was probably in line at the concessions stand for most of the game, but I do distinctly remember watching the game winning kick sail through the uprights in the North end of the stadium.
What Really Happened: The Gators came into this game ranked #4 in the nation, and like most of Spurrier's Florida teams, lead the nation in about every offensive category. Terry's Tigers were 6-0 and ranked #19 nationally. Even with an impressive record, nobody in the nation gave Auburn a chance.
5. Auburn 10 vs. LSU 9 - Sept. 18, 2004
How I Remember It: It was hot and sunny. I sat/leaned against the chain-link fence that separates the student section from the regular seats. There was a hurricane, Ivan, the week before the game that could have possibly pushed the game later into the season, but the show went on.
I remember LSU scoring on their first drive, and then a hard-nosed, defensive battle for the rest of the game. I remember Bret Eddins loosening Marcus Randall's wisdom teeth. Most importantly, I remember Courtney Taylor and Jason Campbell becoming Auburn legends.
What Really Happened: LSU was coming off a BCS Championship season and was ranked #4 in the nation. Auburn was ranked #15 nationally. Both teams were 2-0 on the season.
6. Auburn 23 vs. Florida 20 - Oct. 13, 2001
How I Remember It: Florida was the best team in the nation at the time. They had Rex Grossman, Jabar Gaffney, Reche Caldwell, and of course were led by Steve Spurrier. Not one person in the world gave Auburn a chance. I don't even think Florida brought their punter, seriously.
It was windy and drizzly the whole game. The score was close, but Auburn pretty much manhandled the Gators all night. Florida had negative rushing yards, and besides one long pass play, where Gaffney was wide open, the Tigers stopped the nation's most explosive offense.
7. Auburn 18 vs. Alabama 17 - Nov. 22, 1997
How I Remember It: I watched this game at an RV that was parked by the tennis courts (now the outdoor pools). I'm not sure who the guy was that owned it, but he was a mean, old man. My dad was there and I think one of my brothers was as well.
The game was a little rough for a while, putting the mean, old man in a worse mood. Even better, he wanted to listen to the Auburn Network broadcast instead of listening to the tv announcers. The only problem was that the radio was good 3-4 seconds ahead of the tv, so we were hearing the play before we saw it. A few people brought it up, causing the old man to tell them it was his TV and if they didn't like it they would leave.
A little while later, a few Bammers walked up behind everyone and started watching the game. When Alabama had a good play or Auburn had a bad one, they would cheer. How do you think the old man took that? Yeah, he pretty much tried to fight two men half his age, saying they couldn't watch his TV because they were Bammers. I had found a new hero.
8. Auburn 27 vs. Florida 17 - Oct. 14, 2006
How I Remember It: I got to watch this one from the 50-yard line, about 30 rows up, behind the Florida bench. They were probably the best seats I've ever had at an Auburn game, and it just so happened that it was for one of the best, or at least most exciting, games that I have ever attended at Jordan-Hare.
I remember Auburn coming into this one a week after being humiliated by Arkansas yet again. Auburn was ranked #2 before falling to the Razorbacks, and thanks to the loss, Florida moved up to the nation's 2nd spot.
The crowd was ridiculous for this one. It was if the previous week's loss hadn't happened. I guess it was the fact that we were playing the #2 team in the nation, or Florida, or both.
The Tigers struggled in the first half, got their butts chewed at halftime, and came out and whooped the Gators in the second half. We got our first glimpse at Tim "I did everything but beat Auburn" Tebow. There was the Tray Blackmon fumble recovery (or was it an incomplete pass?) that ended a Florida scoring threat. Tre Smith did his best Reggie Bush impression after a blocked punt, and Patrick Lee returned a fumble on the last play of the game to pad the score.
In many of the top 30 games, I have said that they were one of the loudest games I remember. This one was THE loudest game I remember at Jordan-Hare.