Auburn-Clemson: A rivalry infused by Dabo Swinney
Auburn and Clemson.
Its not Auburn-Georgia. Its not Auburn-Alabama. Over the last few years though Auburn-Clemson has developed into a nice little rivalry, having played three times in the last four years.
Despite the fact that Auburn leads the series 34-12-2, Auburn has lost the last two contests against Clemson. The last time the two met was back in 2012 at the Chick-fil-a Kickoff Classic in the Georgia Dome. Auburn had a 19-16 lead with 13 minutes left in the game but Clemson scored 10 unanswered points late to win 26-19.
Clemson ended an Auburn 17-game winning streak in Death Valley back on September 17, 2011. Clemson fans rushed the field in celebration. While that hurt, Auburn fans won’t forget anytime soon what head coach Dabo Swinney said after the 38-24 Clemson win.
“I can’t think of a better place to end the streak then in Death Valley, South Carolina baby,” Swinney screamed while being interviewed on the field by ESPN sideline reporter Quint Kessenich.
You can watch the post game celebration and interview here.
Clemson went onto win the ACC Championship before getting throttled by West Virginia in Orange Bowl 70-33.
The 2010 contest between the schools went to overtime. Trailing 17-3 at halftime, Auburn scored 21 third quarter points to get back in the game. In the overtime session, Wes Byrum kicked a 39-yard field goal to give Auburn a 27-24 victory.
Auburn went onto win the SEC Championship as well as the national championship, defeating Oregon 19-17.
The 2016 Auburn-Clemson contest will be season-openers for both teams. Auburn will host Clemson on Sept. 3 at Jordan-Hare. Auburn will travel to Clemson the following year on Sept. 9.