Check out the tidbit from 1985...
Nine of the last 12 games in the series have been decided by 10 points or less ... Auburn's current four-game winning streak against Tennessee matches the Tigers' longest winning streak against the Vols in series history (1961-64) ... Auburn has averaged 28.5 points during its four-game winning streak against Tennessee ... Tennessee has only thrown three touchdown passes in the last six meetings ... Auburn has held Tennessee to fewer than 300 yards of total offense in each of the last three meetings ... This will be the first meeting since 1982 in which neither team is ranked, and prior to last year, the previous 13 meetings all included at least one top-10 team ... From 1956-1991, every meeting was on the last Saturday of September except in 1968.
MEMORABLE AU-UT GAMES
1956--The Modern Auburn-Tennessee series begins in Birmingham over the objections of Vol AD Gen. R.R. Neyland. Johnny Majors, who would finish second in the Heisman Trophy balloting, led Tennessee to a 35-7 win over Auburn before a crowd of 44,258.
1957--In its first trip to Knoxville since 1939, Auburn was expected to be little match for Tennessee, the defending SEC champions. Yet, the Tigers won 7-0 and started their march toward the National Championship.
1958--Defending National Champion Auburn 13, Tennessee 0 in Birmingham. Tennessee made no first downs and was held to minus 30 yards of total offense. Lindsey Nelson and Red Grange described it to the nation on NBC-TV.
1959--Tennessee ended Auburn's 24-game unbeaten streak with a 3-0 upset victory at Knoxville. Time and time again, the Tigers assaulted the Tennessee goal line. Time and time again, Tennessee's Volunteers pushed them back. Cotton Letner's field goal won it for the Vols.
1961-63--Auburn fell behind by two touchdowns or more three years in a row, 0-21 in 1961, 0-14 in 1962, and 0-12 in 1963, only to storm back and win all three games, 24-21 in 1961, 22-21 in 1962 and 23-19 in 1963. The modern Auburn-Tennessee series had been born.
1965--Auburn defensive tackle Jack Thornton intercepts not one, but two passes as Auburn struggles to a 13-13 tie with Tennessee in Knoxville.
1968--In the first Auburn-Tennessee game to be played at night, Auburn upsets the unbeaten Vols 28-14 in Birmingham. Halfback Mike Currier from Oneonta scored on three of his first four plays in the game.
1969--Vols jump to a big lead in Knoxville, 24-3 at the half, but Auburn, behind first-year quarterback Pat Sullivan, came storming back to cut the Vol lead to 24-19 in the fourth quarter. The Vols pull away, however, and won 45-19.
1970--Auburn overcame a 10-0 Tennessee lead and defeated the Vols 36-23 in Birmingham. It was the only loss of the year for Tennessee and cost the Vols an SEC Championship.
1971--Tennessee dominated Auburn for 58 minutes, but in the final two minutes, Pat Sullivan drove Auburn 86 yards for a touchdown and a 10-9 victory. The next day, Jack Doane of The Montgomery Advertiser wrote: "Blindfolded, hands tied behind his back, Pat Sullivan would be a one-point favorite at his own execution."
1973-74--Tennessee defeated Auburn 21-0 in Knoxville in a driving rainstorm. Tennessee punted on first down throughout the fourth quarter, infuriating Auburn coaches. At the end of the game, Auburn coach Ralph "Shug" Jordan refused to shake hands with Vol coach Bill Battle saying Battle refused to shake hands with him before the game. In 1974, Tennessee, reluctantly, made its first trip to Auburn. Auburn won, ironically by the same 21-0 score. Throughout the first quarter, Auburn fans chanted "Punt...Punt...Punt" whenever Auburn had a first down.
1977--Leads are never safe in the Auburn-Tennessee game. Tennessee jumped to a 12-0 lead in Johnny Majors' first SEC game as head coach of his alma mater, but Auburn won 14-12 when a Vol field goal attempt was wide right on the final play of the game.
1980--Tennessee defeated Auburn 42-0 before the then largest crowd in Auburn history. It was, perhaps, the darkest day in Auburn's long and glorious football history.
1983--Auburn, 20-7 losers to Texas a week earlier, came to Knoxville labeled as the SEC's disappointment of the year after only two games. Auburn reestablished itself with a 27-14 win over the Vols, highlighted by an 81-yard Trey Gainous punt return.
1985--Auburn went to Knoxville undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the nation. That ranking lasted as long as Tennessee's first possession. The Vols led 24-0 at the half and Auburn has not been ranked No. 1 since that day, Sept. 28, 1985.
1990--Proving once again that leads, big or small, do not hold up in the AU-UT series, Auburn spotted Tennessee a 17-point fourth quarter lead, 26-9, only to storm back to tie the game, 26-26. Tennessee missed a potential game-winning field goal with 15 seconds to play.
1991--A series that had been contested 35 consecutive years came to an end thanks to the expansion of the SEC from 10 schools to 12 and the formation of two divisions. Vol receiver Carl Pickens caught four balls for 172 yards, including TD receptions of 87 and 67 yards in Tennessee's 30-21 win.
1997--In the SEC Championship game in Atlanta, Auburn scored 20 unanswered points to take a 20-7 lead. Tennessee scored two touchdowns late in the third quarter and early in the fourth to win 30-29. Tennessee's Peyton Manning threw for 373 yards and four TDs, while Auburn signal caller Dameyune Craig passed for 262 yards and a pair of scores.
2004--Auburn raced to a 31-3 halftime lead en route to a 34-10 win over No. 10 Tennessee for the Tigers' first win in Neyland Stadium since 1983. Auburn QB Jason Campbell was 12 of 15 for 240 yards and two TD strikes in the first half. Safety Junior Rosegreen set a school record and tied an SEC mark with four interceptions in the game. The teams met again in the SEC Championship, with Auburn prevailing 38-28 behind Campbell's 374 yards passing and three TDs.