In 1988, Pat Dye gave a whole new meaning to the hurry-up offense.
Kansas was so bad that year, and Auburn so good—it was 42-0 at halftime—Dye agreed to let the zebras sneak as many seconds off the second half as they felt they could get away with.
Referee Jimmy Harper told reporters that “he was asked by Kansas Coach Glenn Mason in the second half to ‘expedite’ the game, and then asked Auburn Coach Pat Dye if he would mind ‘if we moved the second half along.'”
Dye said sure.
SEC Supervisor of Officials Bobby Gaston said that referees could “exercise common sense” by shortening the play of the game when “the losing coach surrenders and the winning coach is agreeable.”
How? By getting a little sloppy. The clock wouldn’t stop when the ball went out of bounds… it’d stop a couple of seconds after it went out of bounds, and then start back not when the ball was snapped, but when the team broke the huddle. That sort of thing.
Harper told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Kansas “was spared about 10 minutes of humiliation and “possible injury.”
Ring a bell, Coach Dye?
“I don’t know. It may have been something like that, I don’t really remember,” Dye told me when I asked about, among other things, Auburn’s hurry-up, hell-it-works offense. “But I remember the Kansas game. We didn’t want to beat them that bad.”
The mercy killing was perfectly legal, and essentially crammed four quarters into just a little over three.
According to a Kansas player, “it still seemed like it took forever.”
Related: A complete set of 1988 Phil Neel’s Auburn pinback buttons (and a few from ’87).
* Coke was first sold in Auburn!
* Don Knotts, Auburn student
* Former AU homecoming queen starring in HBO’s ‘The Newsroom’
* Bama fan legislator introduced bill to abolish Auburn University in 1973
* Auburn wore green jerseys… for two seasons
* Gus Malzahn, 1989
* Jeff Foxworthy walking around Auburn
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I was at that game. Maybe I’ve been wrong all these years on the details, but I always remembered it as a timeout being called in the second half and the two coaches running out to midfield for a quick discussion; confusion resulting in the stands because no one knew what had just happened; and then the clock not stopping again the remainder of the game and the crowd gradually figuring out what had transpired.
Seems like that would be the way to do it, but the story says they tried to do just a little bit at a time.
too funny! always enjoy your Pat Dye stories. He is def one-of-a-kind. Thanks!
A customer of mine attended Kansas during that time. He had a buddy that walked-on the football team. The guys comments after returning from Auburn were that:
1. Every part of him hurt after the game, and he didn’t play that much.
2. He was glad he didn’t have to play a team like that every week
3. He would never walk-on if he was at an SEC school.