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This Week in Auburn History: August 24-30

The Dye is Cast: Pat Dye in his first game as Auburn’s coach. [Birmingham News photo.]
8/31/1991: Auburn, down 17-3 at halftime to defending I-AA champion Georgia Southern, storms back in the 2nd half to win 32-17.

8/31/2000: Tiger (War Eagle VI) makes her first free flight from the goalpost prior to the season opener vs. Wyoming.

9/1/2001: Auburn holds Ball State to only 92 yards of offense, wins 30-0. It was the first game for Jason Campbell, Ronnie Brown, Cadillac Williams and Carlos Rogers.

9/2/1993: Auburn wins 16-12 in Terry Bowden’s debut as head coach. James Bostic rushes for 138 yards and a touchdown, Scott Etheridge connects on three field goals.

9/2/1986: Bo Jackson makes his MLB debut with the Kansas City Royals, singles in his first at-bat against Steve Carlton.

9/3/1994: Auburn, back on TV since ’92, opens the season in Oxford with a 22-17 win over Ole Miss. The Tigers have won 12 straight games

9/3/2011: Auburn escapes Utah State with two TDs and an onsides kick recovery in the last two minutes of the game to win 42-38.

War Eagle V: “No fowl play suspected.”

9/4/1986: War Eagle V, Auburn’s mascot since ’81, died early Thursday morning after becoming ill the previous night

9/4/1997: Dameyune Craig runs for a touchdown and connects with Karsten Bailey on two touchdowns covering 77 and 57 yards, Auburn beats Virginia 28-17.

9/4/1999: Beard Leard’s 33-yard touchdown pass to Ronney Daniels with 38 seconds in the game puts Auburn over Appalachian St. 22-15 in Tommy Tuberville’s debut.

9/4/2004: Auburn unveils its new West Coast offense under OC Al Borges, Cadillac Williams and Ronnie Brown both rush for TDs. Auburn 34, La Monroe 0.

9/5/1981: In Pat Dye’s 1st game as Auburn’s head coach the Tigers defeat TCU 24-16 before an estimated crowd of 48,000.

9/5/1987: In Auburn’s 1st game with the addition of the new East-side upper deck, the Tigers defeat Texas 31-3 before the largest crowd to see a football game in the state of Alabama.

9/6/1972: As Auburn prepares for football without Pat Sullivan & Terry Beasley, AU President Harry Philpott has a message for those who have written-off the Tigers this year: “Don’t bury Auburn yet. We aren’t dead.”

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