Played on an annual basis since 1992, the year in which Arkansas & South Carolina joined the SEC, the Auburn-LSU rivalry has seen its share of great moments over the last quarter century.
That being said, as Auburn tries to end their long streak of futility in Baton Rouge while LSU looks to start a winning streak after their win against Florida last weekend in Gainesville, I decided to pick my five favorite games from the rivalry.
5. 1995: Redemption in Baton Rouge
The lowest point for LSU football during the 90’s came in 1994 when LSU traveled to Jordan Hare to face Auburn in early September. Ahead 23-9, Jamie Howard throws four interceptions in the fourth quarter, propelling Auburn to a come-from-behind victory on the Plains.
The following year under new head coach Gerry DiNardo, Howard redeemed himself as he went 19-30 for 220 yards and a touchdown, helping LSU to a 12-6 victory in Tiger Stadium.
4. 1996: The Barn’s Burning, Bruh
Before Auburn hoops moved to the Beard Eaves Coliseum, the program played at the Auburn Sports Arena for 27 years from 1942 to 1969. 27 years after it hosted its final game, the arena would die a fiery death during the 1996 game between LSU and Auburn, a game that LSU would win 19-15.
3. Kicker AIDS in Baton Rouge
After John Vaughn kicked Auburn to victory in the 2004 game, Vaughn would fall victim to the disease that is kicker AIDS as he would miss five field goals in the 2005 showdown against LSU. The overtime victory by LSU landed them a spot in the SEC championship game against the Georgia Bulldogs.
2. Flynn to Byrd
The 2007 showdown between LSU and Auburn would mark the last time the home team would win in the series until 2009 when LSU notched its third straight win in the series. With national and SEC title aspirations, LSU welcomed in Auburn to Tiger Stadium for an October showdown. In the waning seconds of the game, Matt Flynn found Demetrius Byrd open in the end zone for a touchdown, giving LSU a 30-24 victory over Auburn. The win marked the fifth straight for LSU against Auburn in Baton Rouge.
1. We’ll See You in Atlanta
Because of the terrorist attacks on September 11, the 2001 meeting was moved to later in the season, making it the de facto SEC West championship game. Two years prior, Auburn coaches and players lit cigars on the Tiger Stadium turf after their 41-7 victory, angering the Louisiana football gods.
On this particular Saturday, the football gods got their revenge as LSU defeated Auburn 27-14 to clinch the first berth to the SEC Championship Game in school history. As of this writing, since that game LSU is 10-6 against Auburn and has a six game lead in the all-time series.