Aug. 29, 2008
Coach Tuberville's Top 10: Number 1
This summer, Auburn fans had the opportunity to vote on the Top 10 games during the Tommy Tuberville Era. Fans had 25 games to choose from during the month-long voting. Now, AuburnTigers.com will unveil how fans voted, with game recaps and video highlights daily Monday through Friday for the next two weeks, counting down from No. 10 to No. 1.....So sit back, relax and enjoy....Here's No. 1...
Oct. 13, 2001 - Auburn 23, Florida 20
Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, Ala.
Damon Duval nailed his third straight game-winning field goal as Auburn defeated top-ranked Florida, 23-20, at Jordan-Hare Stadium, snapping a seven-game losing streak in the series. Duval's 44-yard field goal with 10 seconds remaining was set up by Karlos Dansby's interception off Gator quarterback Rex Grossman with under five minutes left in the game.
Jeff Chandler got Florida on the board first with a 45-yard field goal, only to have Duval respond with a 45-yard field goal of his own to tie the score at 3-3 in the first quarter.
Auburn moved ahead of Florida on its first drive of the second quarter when Daniel Cobb capped an 11-play, 59-yard drive with a one-yard quarterback sneak to give the Tigers a 10-3 lead. Just before halftime, Chandler connected on a 32-yard field goal to bring the Gators within four points of Auburn.
Grossman directed a six-play, 72-yard drive, culminated by a 20-yard touchdown pass to Reche Caldwell midway through the third quarter put the Gators ahead, 13-10. For the rest of the third quarter neither team was able to produce a positive drive.
A three-point Auburn deficit was erased at the start of the fourth quarter on a Chris Butler two-yard run around the right end, as the Tigers regained the lead, 17-13. On the Gators' first play of the next drive, Grossman was picked off by Mayo Swell and Duvall knocked in a 32-yard field goal to give Auburn a 20-13 edge.
That edge was wiped out on Florida's first play following the ensuing kickoff as Grossman hit Jabar Gaffney with an 80-yard touchdown play to tie the game, 20-20, with 12:09 left in the game.
Despite turning the ball over on its next two possessions on fumbles, including one in Florida's end zone, Auburn regained possession of the ball on Dansby's key interception.
The Tigers marched 49 yards down the field in 10 plays to set up Duval's game-winning field goal. Cobb went three-for-three on passes for 30 yards on the final drive.
Auburn's students celebrated the upset win by storming the field at the conclusion of the game and tearing down the south end zone goal post.
Defensively, the Tigers had four interceptions and set a school-record against an SEC opponent by holding Florida to a minus 36 yards rushing.
The win marked the first time an unranked Auburn squad had defeated the nation's top team since 1942.
It also was the first time an unranked team beat the nation's top team since Nov. 7, 1998, when Michigan State defeated No. 1 Ohio State, 28-24, in Columbus, Ohio.
Tuberville's thoughts looking back...
"That was a game where we were wondering how we were going to stay in the game because they were loaded. That was one of Florida's better football teams. Probably the break that we got was that the day of the game, the wind started blowing and they were forecasting rain. The game was on ESPN, it was a night game and our fans were into it. When our fans get into it, our players are going to get jacked up."
"I'm sure that he [Steve Spurrier] came in and wanted to prove that this was the team in college football because they were number one. We weren't hitting on all cylinders, but that night, the winding blowing a little bit knocked them off sync. We were able to play well enough to get some turnovers. We had lost every starting linebacker in the first half. We played our backup linebackers in the second half of that game.
It was one of those games where you're thinking that this can't be happening."
"We had a decent football team, but the team on the other side was going to win the national championship. Our players kept on making plays and our coaches did an excellent job of keeping them psyched up on the sidelines. Our fans were awesome, but you could feel the weather changing and the wind blowing, but it never rained. We were able to move the ball down, make a couple of plays, and get it down."
"We decided to kick a field goal and at about that time, it starts to rain and the wind picks up. The wind was blowing from our home side across the field and Florida called timeout. I called Damon over and he said, "Coach, I got it. The wind's blowing and I'm going to have to play it wide right, but I'm going to try to hook it back in there."
"When he kicked the ball, it had to be at least ten to twelve yards right of the goal post and it perfectly hooked center-cut right through the middle. As soon as it goes through, we win the game and everybody runs on the field and the good Lord opened the skies and it rained like it hasn't rained in Auburn since."
"That was an exciting game and it was a game in my career that we hadn't beat a team of Florida's stature. They were the team to beat in the late 1990s and early 2000s. That game put us on the map of credibility and what we were doing and how we were doing it."