Summit Auto Group Best of the Week: Even though it was SU’s offense that broke out during its 37-20 win over Georgia Tech in the Dome on September 26, it was the defense who decided out the come. It was still a 10-point game when, with 8:10 left, Trill Williams stepped in front of a Yellow Jackets pass and brought it 43 yards to the other end zone, a pick-six to cap off an effort by Williams that also included three solo tackles and two assists by the time the afternoon was over.
SOS Rewind and Archive: One of the last times SU football had a tie came 30 years ago. It was the Orange facing the rival Pittsburgh Panthers, and it ended 20-20. The Orange had not tied any game since the infamous 1988 Sugar Bowl, when Auburn refused to go for a winning touchdown trailing by three points in the closing seconds and settled for a field goal by the ironically named Win Lyle. Ironically, Auburn’s head coach that year, Pat Dye, passed away on June 1 of this year.
AFLAC Trivia Tidbit: That 1990 SU team was the last one to annually face Penn State – a game the Orange lost. But it was also the launch point for the underrated Marvin Graves, who led SU to an Aloha Bowl victory over Arizona after an auspicious campaign where he threw for more interceptions (11) than touchdowns (nine), but set the stage for 1991 and 1992 seasons where he led SU to a pair of top-10 finishes and high-profile victories in New Year’s Day bowl games.
Atlas Fence Community Corner: This was the week where SU’s field hockey team made its season debut, a pair of games against Virginia. As part of the toughest conference in America, the SEC, the Orange has receded a bit from what it did five years ago – 2015, when a stirring season concluded with SU defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels 4-2 to win the first-ever women’s NCAA team championship for any program at the school, and still the only one to date.
U.S. Army Weekly Recap: After a pair of frustrating efforts where it was close but could not produce anything in the game’s late stages, SU’s football team broke through in its first game in the refurbished Carrier Dome on September 26. THe Orange beat the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 37-20, bolting out to a 17-0 edge in a span of less than eight minutes in the first quarter, doing enough to stay out in front in the middle stages and clinching it with a fourth-quarter defensive touchdown.