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This Week in Auburn History: September 21-27

The Birthday  Boy at the George Lindsey Golf Tournament for Special Olympics, 1975.
The Birthday Boy at the George Lindsey Golf Tournament for Special Olympics, 1975.

9/21/1996: The Auburn Sports Arena (the Barn) burns to the ground during the Auburn-LSU game.

9/22/2001: In the first major sporting event in New York state since the 9/11 attacks, Auburn falls to Syracuse in the Carrier Dome, 31-14

9/23/2000: Rudi Johnson rushes for over 100 yards for the 4th straight game, the first running back to do so since Brent Fullwood in 1986. Auburn defeats Northern Illinois 31-14.

9/24/1955: Auburn debuts its new fight song “War Eagle” during the Chattanooga game, replacing “Auburn Victory March.”

9/24/1983: Auburn defeats Tennessee 37-14 in Knoxville. The Tigers score 27 points in the 2nd half, highlighted by a Trey Gainous 81-yard punt return touchdown.

9/25/1910: The winningest coach in Auburn history, Ralph “Shug” Jordan is born in Selma, AL, “Queen City of the Blackbelt.” (Not that Richard Nixon could be bothered to notice…)

9/25/1971: Pat Sullivan leads #5 Auburn 86 yards in the final 6 minutes of the game for the winning touchdown over #9 Tennessee. Auburn 10-Tennessee 9.

9/25/1982: Bo Jackson and Lionel James combine for 239 yards rushing and thre touchdowns, Auburn defeats Tennessee 24-14.

9/25/2010: Cam Newton stats vs. South Carolina: 16/21 passing for 158 yards and two touchdowns, 25 rushes for 176 yards and three touchdowns. Auburn defeats South Carolina, 35-27.

9/26/2009: Chris Todd ties an Auburn record with 5 touchdown passes, Neil Caudle scores on a 52 yd run, Auburn defeats Ball St, 54-30.

9/27/1958: In Auburn’s first regular season nationally televised game, the defending national champions hold Tennessee to ZERO first downs and -30 yards of offense. The Tigers win their second season-opener over the Vols in a row, 13-0.

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