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Top 30 at Jordan-Hare: #5 Auburn 10, LSU 9

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.

As remembered, the Purple Tigers drove down the field on their first possession of the game ending in a 9-yard touchdown from Marcus Randall to Dwayne Bowe. However, the PAT was missed.

Auburn drove right back down on their first possession, but could only manage a field goal. LSU would add a field goal in the 2nd quarter bringing the score to 9-3, and that would be all of the scoring until less than two minutes left in the game.

With 6:37 left, with the ball on the Auburn 40-yard line, the Good Tigers took the ball and methodically drove down to the LSU 26-yard line. After a 2-yard loss and two incomplete passes, Jason Campbell was faced with 4th-and-12 with the game on the line. He took the shotgun snap, rolled right, and got crushed as he connected with Courtney Taylor who was tackled at what seemed like one inch past the 1st-down marker.

Auburn then went backwards on the next two plays, but on 3rd-and-12, Campbell completed the touchdown pass of his life to Taylor. Not to be outdone by LSU’s special teams miscues, Auburn missed the PAT to keep the score tied 9-9…but WAIT! An LSU defender landed on top of the long-snapper! Personal foul! Re-kick!

The Good Tigers made the PAT this time, Junior Rosegreen intercepted Marcus Randall, and Auburn beat the defending national champions. This win launched Auburn into the national spotlight, and was the first big win of the magical 2004 season.

Why did I pick this game? I shouldn’t even have to answer this. This was the usual Auburn-LSU, I hate you, you hate me, defensive, SEC battle, and the Campell-to-Taylor 4th down conversion and touchdown pass late in the game are two of the top plays in Auburn history. I have never had another headache as bad as the one I had after this game from the amount of screaming I had just done. This is one of my favorites ever, so yeah it’s in the Top 5 at Jordan-Hare.

Fun Fact: The game-winning touchdown was Courtney Taylor’s first as an Auburn Tiger.

Play of the Game: The touchdown was obviously huge, but the 4th-down conversion kept the drive alive and is the reason Auburn had the chance to score.

Player of the Game: Jason Campbell’s numbers weren’t extraordinary, but he managed the game well and gave Auburn the chance to win with two of the best, high-pressure throws, of his career.

Quote of the Game: “It was coming so slow, I was just saying, ‘Come on, get here ball.” – Courtney Taylor

Game Story: ESPN | Auburn Archives

Box Score: Auburn Archives

The Sack:

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The Conversion:

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The Touchdown:

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The rest of the Top 30:

6. Auburn 23 vs. Florida 20 – Oct. 13, 2001

7. Auburn 18 vs. Alabama 17 – Nov. 22, 1997

8. Auburn 18 vs. Florida 17 – Oct. 14, 2006

9. Alabama 26 vs. Auburn 21 – Nov. 27, 2009

10. Auburn 41 vs. West Virginia 30 – Sept. 19, 2009

11. Auburn 28 vs. Alabama 21 – Nov. 19, 2005

12. Auburn 10 vs. Florida 7 – Nov. 4, 1989

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

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

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The_Anomaly 08/30/2010 at 10:14 pm

I know 3 of the remaining 4:

’94 LSU
’89 bammer
’93 bammer

I’m sure the one I’m missing is really obvious but I can’t think of it.

The_Anomaly 08/30/2010 at 10:18 pm

After posting this it occurred to me that you probably don’t want the remaining four games spoiled. If you want to delete my comment I understand.

The WarBlogler 08/30/2010 at 10:25 pm

Absolutely not. I’m just glad you’re commenting. That’s what this space is for. I want everybody to guess mine or post their top games.

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