AUBURN - Not since falling 10-9 to Southern Mississippi on Oct. 5, 1991, has Auburn lost a football game to a team from anywhere other than what are now BCS conferences. It's not likely to happen Saturday when Louisiana-Monroe visits Jordan-Hare Stadium as a five-touchdown underdog.
Former Auburn quarterback Dameyune Craig
But it's not impossible. Though the Tigers have survived every test over almost two decades against schools from lesser conferences, there have been some close calls. Very close.
Oct. 24, 1992: Auburn 25, SW Louisiana 24: Auburn trailed for almost the entire game before Scott Etheridge kicked a field goal in the final seconds to beat Southwest Louisiana, now known as Louisiana-Lafayette, in Pat Dye's final season as head coach.
Oct, 9, 1996: Auburn 28, Northeast Louisiana 24: With head coach Terry Bowden in the press box after undergoing neck surgery, the Tigers had to have a late goal-line stand, followed by a touchdown pass from Dameyune Craig to Kevin McLeod to hold on against Northeast Louisiana, which changed its name to Louisiana-Monroe and will be in town Saturday.
Nov. 7, 1998; Auburn 10, Central Florida 6: As time ran short, it seemed Auburn would lose for the seventh time in eight games and second time in three games under interim coach Bill Oliver. But with UCF driving deep in Auburn territory and leading 6-3, quarterback Daunte Culpepper couldn't hold a low snap. Auburn recovered, and with less than a minute to play, Gabe Gross hit Karsten Bailey for a long touchdown pass and the Tigers survived. They would not win again that season.
Sept. 4, 1999: Auburn 22, Appalachian State 15: It was almost one of the more embarrassing days in Auburn football history. With Tommy Tuberville in his first season, Auburn had made the controversial decision to buy out of its scheduled opener at Florida State and schedule Division I-AA Appalachian State. With the score tied 15-15 in the fourth quarter, an errant snap eluded quarterback Ben Leard. Freshman wide receiver Travaris Robinson outran the Applachian State defense to the ball inside the 5-yard line. Later, Leard hit Ronney Daniels for the winning touchdown.
Oct. 20, 2001: Auburn 48, Louisiana Tech 41`(OT): Daniel Cobb threw five touchdown passes but also threw five interceptions. Auburn struggled to stop Louisiana Tech's passing attack but survived in overtime.