9. Alabama 26 vs. Auburn 21 - Nov. 27, 2009
How I Remember It: My first memory of this game was going to the seat where I sat all year to find four crimson covered "men" squished into the three seats next to mine. Squished is probably not the best choice of words. Overflowing might be a little bit better.
Feeling as invincible as anyone does when they find someone sitting in their seat, I tapped the guy on the shoulder and told him he was taking up half of my mine. Well, the heavier of the four starts yelling "Here we go! Gotta start something! Y'all are unbelievable!". The following conversation transpired:
Me: "I just want my whole seat."
Bammer in my seat: "I know who sits in these seats."
Me: "Yeah...I sit in these seats."
Bammer in my seat: "I have the ticket for that seat, I didn't sell it."
Me (putting the ticket in his face): "Can you read these numbers?!"
10. Auburn 41 vs. West Virginia 30 - Sept. 19, 2009
How I Remember It: Rain, rain, and more rain. As soon as I entered the stadium, the bottom fell out. That's when things got really fun. Apparently, inside the stadium, they were sending all of the fans down to the concourse for concerns of lightning. However, all of the fans on the concourse were trying to make their way to their seats or hanging around until the rain stopped. This resulted in 60K fans being crammed into the concourse, with half trying to make it down, and half that didn't know they couldn't go up trying to go up. It was really fun. I had the good fortune of being smashed up against a West Virginian, who's hair was slicked back with what I hope was water. He kept telling his 12-year old son to spread his legs and get a good base.
Of course, there was the 15-year old girl that had to fake passing out just to get attention, and every once in a while you'd get the guy who was hellbent on getting his girlfriend to their seats, until he was stopped by the angry mob. There were almost four fights, three deaths, and two births, and that was just in my little 20-foot area over a 45 minute span. So yeah, it was definitely way more safe down in the Concourse O' Hell. Next time Auburn "staff" or whoever made the decision, I'll take my chances in the lightning.
11. Auburn 28 vs. Alabama 18 - Nov. 19, 2005
How I Remember It: Sacks, sacks, and more sacks. Oh yeah, domination too. We all remember the 21-0 score at the end of the first quarter. We all remember Brodie laying on the ground for most of the game. We all remember the whooping that was the 2005 Iron Bowl.
I specifically remember the hype that surrounded Alabama. Everybody wanted their beloved, historical power to be back, especially Sports Illustrated. They did only have one loss, but Auburn was going for four in a row, and only had two losses on the season.
This was the most dominant performance by Auburn in an Iron Bowl in Jordan-Hare history. The Tigers made the previously once-beaten Tide look like they did for most of the 2000's. This game was supposed to be a hard-nosed battle with both teams being ranked in the top-15, but Auburn shut down Alabama early and rode it out for the win.
12. Auburn 10 vs. Florida 7 - Nov. 4, 1989
How I Remember It: I'll be honest, the only thing I remember about this game is the video of the game-winning touchdown pass where Jim Fyffe sounds like his head is going to explode if he doesn't say "TOUCHDOWN AUBURN" one more time. I know Emmitt Smith was a Gator at the time, and if I remember correctly, he never beat Auburn (just like Tebow).
Yep, just checked, Emmitt never beat Auburn and this is how mad it made him.
What Really Happened: Auburn came into this game ranked #12 in the nation, Florida was #19. Auburn had a 6-2 record with two road losses to Tennessee (22-14) and Florida State (21-14). The Gators were 6-1, with an opening game loss to Ole Miss. Both teams were in the hunt for the SEC title with only one conference loss.
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.
14. Georgia 56 vs. Auburn 49 - Nov. 16, 1996
How I Remember It: I sat somewhere around the 15-yard line of the south end of the stadium on the Auburn side. It was cold. All of the lights in the stadium went out at some point. Auburn gave up a big lead, and a last second, tying touchdown, to play in the SEC's first overtime (four, to be exact) game ever, and lost when Dameyune Craig was tackled one yard short of a first down.
What Really Happened: Dameyune Craig threw three first half touchdowns, two to Robert Baker (who had to dodge a bite from UGA), as the Tigers took a 28-14 lead into halftime.
Neither team would score in the 3rd quarter, as Auburn seemed to have control of the game.
Early in the 4th quarter, Georgia quarterback and current offensive coordinator, Mike Bobo, connected with Hines Ward for a 67-yard touchdown. Then with one second on the clock, he threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Corey Allen, who seemed to catch the ball right on the goal-line. Here's video of that terrible play, if you would like to watch. This happened right in front of me, so you have to watch if it I did.
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.
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.