It is the final game of the year for the Bulldogs. Last week, Samford beat The Citadel 19-14 in a thrilling come-from-behind victory in Charleston, S.C. Senior quarterback Dustin Taliferro scored the winning touchdown with less than six seconds remaining. It was Samford's first lead of the game. Headed into Saturday's game at Auburn, the Bulldogs have a record of 6-4 and are assured of a winning season. The Bulldogs finished the 2011 Southern Conference campaign at 4-4.
Samford's head football coach, Pat Sullivan, will be honored in pregame ceremonies on the 40th anniversary of his 1971 Heisman Trophy. Sullivan was Auburn's quarterback for three years, culminating in the Heisman selection at the end of his senior season. Members of the 1971 Auburn team will be on hand to honor Sullivan.
A pregame tailgate party, coordinated by Samford's office of alumni and parent programs, is scheduled from 9 a.m.–12 p.m. in the tailgating area east of the stadium. Brunch is $5 per person for the first 200 people to arrive. The Samford Marching Band, cheerleaders and dance team will be on hand for a pregame pep rally at the tailgate party, according to David B. Goodwin, Samford's director of alumni and parent programs.
Auburn provided special parking information for the game, Goodwin said. A new 900-space public parking deck is now open directly across the street from campus and 1600 feet from the stadium. Game day parking at North Park parking deck is $25 per car and available to reserve at www.auburngamedayparking.com.
For those who cannot attend in person, the game will be broadcast live and on the Internet via the Samford Sports Network and on Samford's WVSU-FM.