We continue our look at the best and worst moments from the season that was for all 14 SEC teams by taking a look at the Auburn Tigers:
The Tigers didn't have many happy moments to celebrate in 2012. In a year in which Auburn went 0-8 in conference play and watched as head coach Gene Chizik was shown the door only two years removed from winning a national championship, there wasn't a lot for this program to celebrate. But the best moment of the year came way back in September when the Tigers beat giant killer Louisiana-Monroe in overtime, thanks to a 35-yard field goal by Cody Parkey. A week removed from watching the Warhawks upset Arkansas in Little Rock, Ark., the Tigers didn't become the second SEC victim after it clawed its way to its most respectable win of the year. The only other two victories for the Tigers came against New Mexico State and Alabama A&M. The Warhawks proved to be a solid team all year, but when they went to the Plains in September, they were upended by the Tigers. Auburn totaled 418 yards of offense, including 255 on the ground. Louisiana-Monroe had the ball first in overtime, but had its field goal attempt blocked by Angelo Blackson. Three plays later, Auburn had its game-winning field goal and avoided an 0-3 start to the season.
The Tigers hardly stepped into the building when it was blasted by archrival Alabama 49-0 in Tuscaloosa in the season finale. The Tigers were listless and totally overmatched, as the Crimson Tide put up 42 points by halftime. By the time Alabama got up 14-0 in the first quarter, the Tide had outgained Auburn 102-2. This game marked the second straight year in which Alabama's defense didn't surrender any points to the Tigers' offense. When all was said and done, Alabama registered 483 yards of offense to Auburn's 163. The Tigers turned it over three times and recorded just seven first downs. The writing was on the wall concerning Chizik's fate well before Auburn rolled over against the Tide, but Auburn made his firing official the very next day. Auburn finished the year near the bottom of the SEC in just about every major offensive and defensive category.