|1972 Auburn Tigers football|
Gator Bowl champion
|1972 record||10–1 (6–1 SEC)|
|Home stadium||Cliff Hare Stadium|
|1972 Southeastern Conference football standings|
|No. 7 Alabama $||7||–||1||–||0||10||–||2||–||0|
|No. 5 Auburn||6||–||1||–||0||10||–||1||–||0|
|No. 11 LSU||4||–||1||–||1||9||–||2||–||1|
|No. 8 Tennessee||4||–||2||–||0||10||–||2||–||0|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1972 Auburn Tigers football team under the leadership of coach Ralph "Shug" Jordan completed the regular season with a record of 9–1, earning them an invitation to the Gator Bowl against Colorado, which they won by a score of 24–3. They completed the season with a record of 10–1 and ranked #5 in the AP poll and #7 in the UPI.
Five players were named all-SEC first team for 1972: defensive back Dave Beck, tail back Terry Henley, offensive tackle Mac Lorendo, defensive end Danny Sanspree, and defensive tackle Benny Sivley.
The famous Punt Bama Punt game took place during the 1972 season, where Auburn, trailing Alabama 16–0 with 10 minutes left in the game, came back to win 17–16 after scoring a field goal followed by two blocked punts that were returned for touchdowns.
|September 9||at Mississippi State||W 14–3||40,000|
|September 23||Chattanooga*||W 14–7||43,000|||
|September 30||No. 4 Tennessee||W 10–6||69,483|
|October 7||at No. 18 Ole Miss||No. 17||W 19–13||46,421|
|October 14||at No. 8 LSU||No. 9||L 7–35||70,132|
|October 21||Georgia Tech*||No. 14||W 24–14||60,261|
|October 28||No. 17 Florida State*||No. 12||W 27–14||58,122|
|November 4||at Florida||No. 11||W 26–20||57,551|
|November 14||Georgia||No. 8||W 27–10||62,448|
|December 2||vs. No. 2 Alabama||No. 9||W 17–16||72,386|
|December 30||vs. No. 13 Colorado*||No. 6||W 24–3||71,114|