Auburn Football: What Bowl Game Records Are Most Likely to Be Broken?

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Oct 4, 2014; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers receiver Sammie Coates (18) runs behind the block of D’haquille Williams (1) during the first half against the LSU Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium. Auburn beat LSU 41-7. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Receiving Yards: 159, Receiving Touchdowns: 2

The Auburn Tigers have two of the most talented wide receivers in the nation in Sammie Coates and D’haquille Williams. Both juniors are expected to be high draft picks in next spring’s NFL Draft (if Williams enters), and each has surpassed 150 receiving yards and hauled in two touchdown catches during games as Tigers. Could one of them set a new bowl game mark?

In 1990, Herbert Casey had seven catches for an Auburn bowl record 159 yards in the Tigers’ 27-23 win over the Indiana Hoosiers. The performance broke Terry Beasley‘s from the 1971 Gator Bowl in which he caught eight passes from Pat Sullivan for 143 yards.

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  • Three players have caught two touchdown passes for the Tigers in a bowl game: Thom Gossom against Missouri in the 1973 Sun Bowl, Ed Butler against Texas in the 1974 Gator Bowl, and Greg Taylor against Ohio State in the 1990 Hall of Fame Bowl – which was played in Tampa, the site of this year’s Outback Bowl.

    Looking ahead to this year’s game, Coates may be the most likely Auburn player to set a new bowl record since he had 206 receiving yards and two touchdowns against Alabama just a few weeks ago. However, Williams had 154 yards in his Auburn debut this season. At 6-foot-2 with strength and speed, both players are deep threats and red zone threats, so two or three TDs is well within reach for either.

    Of course, recent news suggests Williams’ participation in the bowl game is questionable because of an illness that has kept him off the practice field. If Williams can’t play, the Tigers may rely on Sammie Coates even more, adding to the possibility of a record performance.

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