Travis Tidwell Leads Auburn Over Powerhouse Alabama

Auburn quarterback, Travis Tidwell, one of  only two freshmen to lead the nation in total offense in 1946, and who also led the nation in total offense in 1949 and was Auburn’s total offense leader (Until Pat Sullivan broke the record in 1971), led Auburn to one of their biggest upsets over archrival Alabama in ’49. Working out of the T-formation, Tidwell led the Tigers to their first win over the Crimson Tide in more than 40 years.  Alabama had won in 1948, 55-0, and Auburn went into the ’49 contest as a 3-touchdown underdog.  The Tigers stunned the Tide 14-13.  Drafted in the first round by the New York Giants (1950), the rookie backup quarterback had his day in the sun.  When  after trailing 20-0 in one game, he led the Giants to a 55-20 win.

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