It’s Auburn vs. Missouri in the SEC Championship Game. I really enjoyed typing that sentence.
Here are some never-before-seen photos (you know-how-we-roll) from the 1973 Sun Bowl played December 29 in salsa-soaked’ El Paso, Texas. It was the Auburn Tigers’ first and only game against the Missouri Tigers. We lost, 34-17. Alas.
The game was televised nationally by CBS, kickoff was at noon. Mizzou was favored by seven points. Both teams flew into town the day after Christmas. Auburn gave up four fumbles and an interception. Tight end Rob Spivey broke his leg.
“Only the passing combo of freshman quarterback Phil Gargis to junior wingback Tom [sic] Gossom kept it from being a rout as they teamed for a pair of touchdown strikes for the War Eagles.” — Montgomery Advertiser, Dec. 30, 1973
Shug: “It was very typical of our entire season.”
Stay tuned for tons of never-before-seen photos of some old Auburn-Florida State games.
Photos: Brad Ashmore.
Related: Coeds with Watermelons in 1973.
* Watch Rod Bramblett, Stan White and the Auburn radio broadcast booth react to the final play
* Hear Rod and Eli back to back
* Pat Dye buying sunglasses
* Muhammad Al on the Haley Center concourse
* Playboy in Auburn, 1989
* How Bama remembers “Punt, Bama, Punt”
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First published: Sept. 21, 2011.
Oscar Whiskey says
I know this was posted a few days ago but my uncle played in this game.
Martin Blankenship says
Did they have orange facemasks at this time?
bryan keim says
BTW We did play Missouri in the SEC Championship game last year.
Posted it before the game.
Edgar Johnson says
My aunt was Emily Foster, secretary to Shug Jordan for 25 years. I have an Elgin watch with Sun Bowl 1973 on face. It is a self-winding watch that still works.
Spivey (tight end) broke his leg in that game