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Rare photos from the 1973 Sun Bowl, Auburn’s first and only game against Missouri

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.

Keep Reading:

* 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.

About Jeremy Henderson

Jeremy Henderson is the editor of The War Eagle Reader and co-host of Rich and Jeremy in the Mornings on Wings 94.3 FM in Auburn. Follow him on Twitter: @wareaglereader / @jerthoughts / @RichandJeremy

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