Special Sub-Topic: More Auburn Football 
|Prior to being called the "Tigers," by what other name(s) had Auburn's athletic teams been called?|
None. They have always been the "Tigers". Contrary to what some believe, Auburn never officially used the names "War Eagles" or "Plainsmen"; "War Eagle" is the Auburn battle cry. It dates back to the first Auburn football game in 1892 when a civil war veteran brought a golden eagle to the game, which he'd found years ago on the battlefield and nursed back to health. The game was a deadlock until the eagle broke away, circled around the field and fell to the ground. The eagle died, but Auburn was inspired and won the game, and thus the legend of the War Eagle was begun.
"Plainsmen" is a term that has always been used to describe Auburn men and women, and it is accredited to the fact that Auburn is always called the "Loveliest Village on the Plains," which was taken from Oliver Goldsmiths' poem, "The Deserted Village." Interestingly enough, this same poem is where the nickname "Tigers" originated, from the passage "...where crouching tigers wait their hapless prey..."
|How many games did Terry Bowden lose in his first 2 years (1993 and '94) as head coach of the Auburn Tigers?|
1. Auburn's record during that span was 20-1-1. The Tigers were a perfect 11-0 in 1993, and in 1994, they went 9-1-1. The loss came against Alabama, and the tie to Georgia. Auburn, however was banned from bowl contention both years, due to NCAA sanctions.
|Two of the most famous calls by Auburn's former radio announcer, Jim Fyffe, were of two amazingly acrobatic touchdown receptions, both thrown by QB Patrick Nix, and both coming in hallmark Auburn victories. The first was against Alabama in 1993. The second was the winning touchdown against Florida in "The Swamp" in 1994. What wide receiver caught these two passes?|
Frank Sanders. "Nix to Sanders" has since become a phrase etched into the hearts of the Auburn faithful. The catches were made in two of the most important regular season games Auburn ever played. In 1993 against Alabama, "Nix to Sanders I" is what put Auburn within a TD of taking the lead on Alabama, after having had very little go right for them the whole game up until that point. "Nix to Sanders II" was a last-minute catch in a hostile environment against a Florida team that was ranked #1 in the nation. The leaping catch and the victory showed the rest of the conference and nation that Auburn was a legitimate contender.
|Here is a little question about Auburn spirit. Finish this line from the fight song, "War Eagle": "War Eagle, fly down the field __________ " ?|
Ever to conquer, never to yield. In case you were wondering, here are the words:
War Eagle, fly down the field, - Ever to conquer, never to yield. - War Eagle, fearless and true, - Fight on, you Orange and Blue! - GO! GO! GO! - On to vict'ry, strike up the band! - Give 'em hell, Give 'em hell, Stand up and yell, HEY! - War Eagle, win for Auburn, Power of Dixieland!
|How many Heisman trophy winners did Auburn have in the 20th century?|
2. QB Pat Sullivan won it in 1971, and RB Bo Jackson won it in 1985. Their jerseys (#7 and #34 respectively), along with All-American WR Terry Beasley's #88, were the only Auburn football jerseys retired in the 20th century.
|The first player in the SEC ever to win both the Outland Trophy (for the nation's best lineman) and the Lombardi Award (awared to the nation's best lineman or linebacker) was an Auburn player. Who won these two prestigious awards in 1988?|
Tracy Rocker. Tracy was a two time All-American at defensive tackle, and a three time All-SEC performer. Interestingly enough, his brother David Rocker played for Auburn and was also a finalist for the Outland Lombardi Award once during his career, in 1990. Craig Ogletree was an All-American for Auburn's top-ranked defense in 1989, leading the team with 11 sacks, and Benji Roland was an All-American nose tackle in 1988.
|What defensive tackle, who was a standout player and 3 year starter for Auburn, was drafted #1 by the Atlanta Falcons in 1988, only to be an NFL disappointment?|
Aundray Bruce. Yep. Aundray Bruce. Remember him? He was an outstanding All-American at Auburn, and led the '88 Tigers defense to an SEC title. Bruce had his most memorable performance against Georgia Tech in 1987. In fact, it may very well have been the best defensive performance by one player that Auburn had ever seen. In that game, he had 3 interceptions (as a DT!), one was run back 45 yards for a TD. He also had a forced fumble that Auburn recovered in the endzone for a TD, as well as 3 sacks and 9 additional tackles. Wow.
|Auburn has had more than its fair share of great running backs. After Bo Jackson left in 1985, many fans thought the running game would take a serious hit. But to their surprise, a certain Auburn running back stepped up and blew everyone away in 1986, averaging an eye-popping 8.3 yards-per-carry and finishing as a unanimous All-American. He would be drafted 4th overall in the 1987 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers, but sadly his pro career never panned out. Who was this underrated Auburn phenom?|
Brent Fullwood. Fullwood's 2789 career yards were 4th best in school history, and he finished 6th in the voting for the 1986 Heisman Trophy.
|Strange things have always seemed to happen when Auburn and LSU meet on the gridiron. There was the famous "Earthquake Game" in Baton Rouge in 1988 when LSU fans cheered so loud after scoring the winning TD that the earth shook, and it registered on a seismograph across campus. Then there was the night when Auburn's old gym behind the stadium burned to the ground in the background as LSU beat Auburn in 1996. But for on-the-field wackiness, one game sticks out above all others, and that is the 1994 Auburn-LSU game. Auburn trailed LSU 23-9 going into the 4th quarter, but ended up winning 30-26. What on earth happened?|
Auburn intercepted 5 LSU passes in the 4th quarter, returning 3 for TDs. Inexplicably, LSU just kept throwing the ball! And Auburn defenders kept picking them off! Ken Alvis started the frenzy, picking one off and taking it 42 yards for a TD, and after that, they just kept coming. Fred Smith took one 32 yards for a score, and Brian Robinson picked off a pass and took it 41 yards for what would turn out to be the winning touchdown.
|True or False: Auburn has at one point in time gone over 10 years without being shut out.|
t. From October 4, 1980 to November 14, 1992 Auburn was never shut out. This spans 149 games and set a new mark as the longest such streak in Auburn's history.
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