- TOP PLAYERSOffensePABLO S. TORRE | August 20, 2012
- TAMPA BAY buccaneersENEMY lines WHAT A RIVAL COACH SAYSJune 28, 2012
- Faces in the CrowdJune 11, 2001
1. TENNESSEE (7-0)
An Auburn fan, appalled al the way the Tigers have been butchering opponents, dashed off a letter to Coach Snug Jordan imploring him to please show a little mercy and stop scoring so many points. Apparently neither Jordan nor the writer's fellow inhabitants of Cliff Hare Stadium are nearly so compassionate, for even before the Tigers had finished their 52-13 murder of Mississippi State, the chant "Beat "Bama, Beat 'Bama" was already rolling through the stands.
Auburn probably will not run up the score against Alabama two weeks hence, nor are the Tigers likely to rout Georgia this Saturday in Athens. But the drubbing of Mississippi State—the school's third 50-point game of the season—did enable the Tigers to become the highest scorers in Jordan's 19 years at Auburn (298 points), besides putting them only 20 points shy of the alltime school record in 1920. As much as John Riley's kicking or Pat Sullivan's passing, the Auburn defense is responsible for the big scores. Against State, for instance, the Tigers intercepted four of Tommy Pharr's passers to set an SEC season record of 30, besides blocking a punt for another TD. One of the interceptions belonged to Safety Buddy McClinton, giving him 16 for his career, a school record.
At Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, LSU fans whooped it up while their Tigers beat Alabama 20-15—their first victory over the Tide in 11 years and the first time one of Paul Bryant's pupils ( LSU Coach Charlie McClendon played for him at Kentucky) has beaten the Bear in a regular-season game. LSU Tailback Allen Shorey scored twice and gained 118 yards, while Mark Lumpkin's kicks accounted for eight points. The defeat stuck Alabama with three losses for the first time since 1958.
Tennessee led South Carolina by only 16-14 with 5:40 left, but Quarterback Bobby Scott threw two TD passes for a 29-14 victory. The last Vol touchdown was set up by Tim Priest's interception. "This would have been the right time to take them, when they were looking ahead to Mississippi," said South Carolina Coach Paul Dietzel. The Rebels were looking ahead, too, beating Chattanooga only 21-0 in Oxford.
After 76 fruitless years, Davidson finally won a championship, beating East Carolina 42-27 for the Southern Conference title. The Wildcats did it the hard way, trailing 27-7 at halftime, but came back behind Gordon Slade's five TD passes. Davidson now meets the Mid-American winner, Toledo, in the Tangerine Bowl Dec. 26.
While Arkansas was moseying past Rice (page 74), the Texas Longhorns looked more like greenhorns when they took the field against Baylor. Two days before the game Fullback Steve Worster had come down with a "24-hour virus" and by noon Friday it had spread to include 29 more Longhorns. Still, countless bottles of medicine and several trips to the infirmary later, everyone was in uniform—if not good health—for the opening kickoff, and despite a sickly start Texas bashed the Bears 56-14.