1996 Auburn Football Statisitcs

1996 Cumulative Season Stats

1996 Team Game-by-Game Statistics

1996 Individual Game-by-Game Summaries

1996 Game Results

The following games are listed with the most recently played games first. A summary for each game is shown, followed by the line score and a link to a list of reports that are available on-line.

Auburn 32, Army 29
(Independence Bowl, December 31, 1996)

Dameyune Craig threw for two 372 yards and touchdowns and ran for another and Auburn escaped with a 32-29 Independence Bowl victory over 24th-ranked Army, which missed a 27-yard field goal with 33 seconds left. Craig helped Auburn (8-4) build a 32-7 lead after three quarters but could only watch as Ronnie McAda engineered a fourth-quarter comeback for Army (10-2), which scored three TDs, then recovered an onside kick with 1:22 to go. McAda found Bobby Williams for 27 yards to the Auburn 14 to set up a third-down field goal attempt by J. Parker, who had been 17-of-17 inside 40 yards. But the kick was wide right and Terry Bowden notched his first bowl win as Auburn coach. "In a year where it seems like you've been snakebit, you just start to think bad things may happen," Bowden said. "But we just kept fighting and we came out on top. Army didn't deserve to lose, but we fought hard enough to win." Craig was 24-of-40 with one interception. He also was Auburn's leading rusher with 75 yards on 13 carries, including a 33-yard scamper around right end for a score on a 4th-and-6 play in the third quarter. "We came out and pretty much controlled the game, but they are the military, and they never gave up," Craig said. "You have to feel proud to have a group like this defending your country." Craig directed the Tigers to 10 points in each of the first two quarters. His 48-yard pass to Tyrone Goodson on the opening play from scrimmage set up a 31-yard field goal by Jaret Holmes and Craig had a 27-yard run before finding Goodson with a 30-yard scoring strike that made it 10-0 with 5:20 remaining in the first quarter. Auburn drove 69 yards in seven plays early in the second period. Craig found Willie Gosha for 37 yards to start the march and for seven yards to end it, boosting the lead to 17-0. A 25-yard catch by Gosha set up a 49-yard field goal by Holmes with 3:15 left in the half. Army finally got untracked with a 72-yard TD drive. McAda hit Williams for 33 yards, then ran for 18 before Williams banged it in from the 3, cutting the halftime deficit to 20-7. Craig's TD run made it 26-7 with 8:51 left in the third quarter and Army's next possession ended on downs at the Tigers 23. When Craig found Robert Baker for 49 yards and Rusty Williams carried for 18 and 15 yards and another score, it appeared over. But Army finally came alive. A 34-yard run by Bobby Williams highlighted an 80-yard drive that was capped by a seven-yard TD run by Demetrious Perry 2:16 into the final period. A 66-yard interception return by Tom Mullins set up a one-yard scoring run by Williams, cutting the deficit to 32-21 with 5:54 remaining. McAda connected with Rod Richardson for 29 yards before a 30-yarder to Richardson and Williams' conversion run made it a three-point game. Gosha caught 10 passes for 132 yards and Baker added five for 104. Rusty Williams had 72 yards on 12 carries as Auburn piled up 27 first downs and 533 total yards.

  Score by Quarters     1  2  3  4   Score
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  ARMY                  0  7  0 22  -  29
  AUBURN               10 10 12  0  -  32
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Alabama 24, Auburn 23
(Nov 23, 1996 at Birmingham, AL)

Dennis Riddle's six-yard catch and run with 0:26 left lifted Alabama to a 24-23 win over Auburn at Legion Field. Alabama began its game-winning drive at its own 26 with 2:14 remaining and took 10 plays to drive to the Auburn six. Following an incomplete pass and a Tiger timeout, Riddle caught a swing pass from Freddie Kitchens and stepped inside two Auburn defenders untouched into the endzone. Auburn trailed 17-0 with 3:32 left in the first quarter, but the Tigers rebounded with big plays. A 42-yard run by Rusty Williams set up the first of three Jaret Holmes field goals to cut the lead to 17-3 late in the first quarter. Midway through the second stanza, Dameyune Craig found Karsten Bailey streaking down the sideline and hit the sophomore in stride for a 57-yard touchdown. Auburn tied the game with 2:16 left before halftime when true freshman Brad Ware stepped in front of a Kitchens pass and returned it 34 yards for a Tiger touchdown. Alabama fumbled the ensuing kickoff, giving Auburn possession at the Crimson Tide 20. Three plays later, Holmes connected on another field goal to give the Tigers a surprising, 20-17 halftime lead. Auburn opened the second half by driving 57 yards to set up Holmes' final field goal and stretch its lead to 23-17. Despite controlling the football for over nine minutes in the third quarter and for more than eight minutes in the final stanza, the Tigers were unable to produce any more points.

  Score by Quarters     1  2  3  4   Score
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  Auburn..............  3 17  3  0  - 23
  Alabama............. 17  0  0  7  - 24
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Georgia 56, Auburn 49
(Nov 16, 1996 at Auburn, AL)

The 100th meeting between Auburn and Georgia produced the first overtime game in SEC history, as the Bulldogs rallied from a 21-point, first-half deficit to claim a 56-49, four-overtime victory. After Georgia scored on a one-yard Torin Kirtsey run to open the fourth overtime period, Auburn's Dameyune Craig was tackled one yard short of a first down on fourth-and-three from the 18. Craig and Auburn began the game hot, building a 28-7 lead with six minutes remaining in the first half. Craig tossed three touchdown passes, including a pair to Robert Baker, in directing Auburn's first-half assault. Auburn still led, 28-14, entering the fourth quarter, but Georgia's Mike Bobo hit Hines Ward on a 67-yard touchdown pass early in the final quarter to make it a seven-point game. That score held until the Bulldogs marched 82 yards on nine plays in the game's final 67 seconds to tie the game. Georgia's tying score came on a 30-yard pass from Bobo to Corey Allen on the final play of regulation. Craig opened the overtime with a 13-yard run, but Georgia's Robert Edwards, who ran for just 12 yards on six carries during regulation, scored the first of his three overtime TDs on a nine-yard jaunt. In the second OT, Auburn answered a five-yard Edwards run with a three-yard score by Fred Beasley. Craig snuck in from the one in the third overtime, while Edwards scored from the nine. Edwards ran 10 times for 62 yards in overtime.

  Score by Quarters     1  2  3  4   Score
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  Georgia.............  7  7  0 42  - 56
  Auburn.............. 14 14  0 21  - 49
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Auburn 28, Northeast Louisiana 24
(Nov 9, 1996 at Auburn, AL)

Kevin McLeod's six-yard touchdown run with 1:44 remaining salvaged a 28-24 Auburn win against upset-minded Northeast Louisiana during Homecoming weekend on the Plains. Northeast Louisiana, which led much of the day, took a 24-21 lead on Cory Babineaux's 18-yard field goal with 2:51 left to play. But Dameyune Craig led Auburn 70 yards in 1:07 for the winning score, thanks in large part to a 17-yard pass to Willie Gosha and a 28-yard pass to Markeith Cooper. Auburn took a 7-0 lead on its first possession on an 11-yard run by Craig. Northeast Louisiana tied the game midway through the second quarter, 7-7, on a one-yard run by Alan Ricard. NLU went ahead 14-7 with 3:50 left in the half on a four-yard scramble by quarterback Raymond Philyaw. The Tigers cut the halftime lead to 14-10 on Jaret Holmes' 31-yard field goal with seven seconds remaining. Holmes cut the Indians' lead to 14-13 with a 24-yard field goal late in the third quarter, but Northeast lengthened its lead to 21-13 in the fourth quarter on a 17-yard pass from Philyaw to Marty Booker. Auburn tied the game at 21-21 when Craig hit Robert Baker on a 25-yard scoring pass. Craig's two-point conversion pass to McLeod brought the Tigers back even. Northeast then drove 75 yards in 3:25 to set up Babineaux's late field goal.

  Score by Quarters     1  2  3  4   Score
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  Northeast Louisiana.  0 14  0 10  - 24
  Auburn..............  7  3  3 15  - 28
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Auburn 28, Arkansas 7
(Nov 2, 1996 at Auburn, Alabama)

Auburn made good use of an open date to prepare for Arkansas, and it paid off in the form of a 28-7 win over the Razorbacks. Auburn's defense picked off three passes and held the Razorbacks to just one score, while Dameyune Craig and the offense showed balance, posting 184 yards rushing and 185 yards passing. Arkansas took an early, 7-0 lead when Oscar Malone scored from eight yards out to cap a 10-play, 87-yard Hog drive. But Auburn responded in the second quarter when Rusty Williams scored from 15 yards out to tie the game at 7-7. With 1:32 left in the first half, Craig ran in from 11 yards out to give the Tigers a 14-7 lead at the intermission. On the third play of the second half, Arkansas quarterback Clint Stoerner was picked off by Brad Ware, who returned the pass 24 yards to the Arkansas 12. Auburn responded quickly with Williams darting through the right side of the Tiger line for a three-yard touchdown run. Craig closed out Auburn's scoring early in the fourth quarter when he broke free from a defender, scrambled to his left and found a wide-open Tyrone Goodson in the endzone. The play covered 26 yards and gave Auburn a 28-7 advantage. Interceptions by Ware and Rodney Crayton kept Arkansas from driving in the final period. The Tiger defense limited the Hogs to just 283 total yards. Arkansas totalled just 196 yards after their first possession.

  Score by Quarters     1  2  3  4   Score
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  Arkansas............  7  0  0  0  -  7
  Auburn..............  0 14  7  7  - 28
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Florida 51, Auburn 10
(Oct 19, 1996 at Gainesville, Fla.)

An upset-minded Auburn team traveled south to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville with hopes of knocking off No. 1 Florida. Instead, the Gators sent the Tigers home upset, 51-10. Florida racked up 625 yards of total offense, the most ever given up by Auburn, and the Tigers' high-powered offense fizzled with just 173 total yards. Florida's Danny Wuerffel lit up the Tiger secondary early, hitting Reidel Anthony on a slant for a 25-yard touchdown with 11:00 left in the first quarter. Jayson Bray ignited Auburn's first and only touchdown of the game when he returned a Wuerffel interception to the Florida 45. From there, Auburn drove to the Gator 7, where Markeith Cooper capped off a 7-play, 45-yard drive by scoring on a shotgun draw. Florida scored on a pair of one-yard runs in the second quarter, while Auburn's Jaret Holmes hit a 41-yard field goal with 3:17 left before halftime, as the Gators took a 21-10 lead into the lockerroom. The Gators dominated the second half, scoring four touchdowns and a field goal while limiting Auburn to just 40 yards total offense. Wuerffel found Anthony and Ike Hilliard for touchdown passes, while Elijah Williams and Terry Jackson each scored on running plays. The 51 points scored by the Gators marked the first time since 1948 that Auburn had given up 50 points.

  Score by Quarters     1  2  3  4   Score
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  Auburn..............  7  3  0  0  - 10
  Florida.............  7 14 16 14  - 51
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Auburn 49, Mississippi State 15
(Oct 12, 1996 at Starkville, Miss.)

Dameyune Craig's record-setting day propelled Auburn to a convincing, 49-15 win over Mississippi State in Starkville. Craig threw for a school-record 394 yards and a tied a school mark with four touchdown passes. The junior completed 28-of-41 passes and did not throw an interception. Auburn drove 80 yards in 15 plays to start the game. The drive culminated in a one-yard run by Kevin McLeod. The Tigers added another touchdown late in the first quarter when Craig floated a seven-yard pass to Tyrone Goodson in the endzone. Auburn increased its lead to 21-0 in the second quarter when Dan Evans returned a Matt Wyatt interception 36 yards for a touchdown. Mississippi State got on the scoreboard midway through the second quarter after blocking a Jaret Holmes punt and taking over at the Auburn 11. Wyatt hit Lahitia Grant from nine yards out to cut the Tiger lead to 21-7. Auburn took a 28-7 lead into the intermission on a 19-yard catch and run by Markeith Cooper. The Tigers added two more scores in the third quarter, the first coming Goodson's second touchdown of the day, a 22-yard reception from Craig. Two minutes later, Craig found Willie Gosha down the middle for a 26-yard scoring strike. The Bulldogs' Wyatt brought State closer on an 81-yard bomb to Jeremy Jones early in the fourth quarter. Tiger backup quarterback Jon Cooley closed out the scoring when he hit tight end Tyrone Dillard on a 35-yard pass with 8:26 remaining in the game.

  Score by Quarters     1  2  3  4   Score
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  Auburn.............. 14 14 14  7  - 49
  Mississippi State...  0  7  0  8  - 15
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Auburn 28, South Carolina 24
(Oct 5, 1996 at Auburn, Alabama)

Dameyune Craig ran for a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns as Auburn defeated South Carolina, 28-24, in their first meeting since 1933. Auburn trailed 21-14 entering the fourth quarter, but Craig scored on a two-yard bootleg on the first play of the final stanza. But the Gamecocks moved back ahead, 24-21, on Reed Morton's 28-yard field goal with 11:04 remaining. South Carolina got the ball back on its own 18 with 6:34 left after an Auburn punt, but Tiger defensive end Mark Smith sacked Gamecock quarterback Anthony Wright, causing a fumble that was recovered by Leonardo Carson at the Gamecock 16. Three plays later, Craig ran in from 10 yards out to give Auburn a 28-24 lead with 3:30 left. Carolina answered by moving down to the Auburn 34, but Wright's fourth-down pass fell out of the arms of Ben Fleming at the Auburn 10 with 0:29 remaining. South Carolina scored first, taking a 7-0, first-quarter lead on a five-yard run by Wright. Auburn got on the board with five minutes left before halftime when Robert Baker raced 79 yards through the Gamecock punting team for a touchdown. Craig gave Auburn a halftime lead when he hit Tyrone Goodson on a scrambling, 51-yard bomb with 1:39 left in the second quarter. South Carolina controlled the third period, as Wright directed scoring drives of 80 and 44 yards. Calvin Owens scored on a two-yard pass from Wright to tie the game at 14-14, and the Gamecocks took a 21-14 lead on a 22-yard, Wright-to-Fleming scoring play.

  Score by Quarters     1  2  3  4   Score
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  South Carolina......  7  0 14  3  - 24
  Auburn..............  0 14  0 14  - 28
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LSU 19, Auburn 15
(Sep 21, 1996 at Auburn, Alabama)

Four Auburn turnovers, three missed field goals and a missed point-after kick sealed the Tigers' fate as visiting LSU upset Auburn for the second-straight year, 19-15. The game was played under a cloud of smoke as the Old Auburn Sports Arena, located a scant 40 yards from Jordan-Hare Stadium, burned to the ground during the first half. Auburn's defense held LSU's Kevin Faulk to just 76 yards rushing and Herbert Tyler to 151 yards passing while forcing three turnovers. Auburn scored first after Larry Melton tackled LSU punter Chad Kessler at the LSU 39. Five plays later, Jaret Holmes kicked a 35-yard field goal to give Auburn a 3-0 lead with 13:19 left in the first half. LSU responded by marching 63 yards in 14 plays to take a 7-3 lead. The drive was helped by Auburn lining up offsides on two-straight LSU field goal attempts. The Bayou Bengals took advantage and Tyler scored from two yards out. Early in the third quarter, Ricky Neal intercepted a Tyler pass and returned it to the LSU 29, but Holmes misfired from 29 yards out. LSU's Wade Richey hit from 23 yards out to up LSU's lead to 10-7 after three quarters. Senior reserve quarterback Jon Cooley, subbing for an injured Craig, brought Auburn within a point after hitting Tyrone Goodson on a 30-yard touchdown pass, but Holmes conversion attempt failed. Cooley overthrew an open receiver on the next drive and was intercepted by Raion Hill, who returned it 39 yards for a 17-9 LSU lead. Auburn made it 17-15 when Rusty Williams scored from seven yards out with 0:36 to play. But Hill intercepted Cooley's two-point conversion pass and returned it 100 yards for two points to seal the LSU victory.

  Score by Quarters     1  2  3  4   Score
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  LSU.................  0  7  3  9  - 19
  Auburn..............  0  3  0 12  - 15
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Auburn 45, Ole Miss 28
(Sep 14, 1996 at Oxford, Mississippi)

Dameyune Craig passed for 249 yards and 3 touchdowns, and Jayson Bray picked off an Ole Miss pass and returned it 34 yards for a score as Auburn won its first SEC game of the season, 45-28, in Oxford. Craig's primary target was Robert Baker, whom he hit on a spectacular, 67-yard bomb late the third quarter. Baker finished with five catches for 161 yards and two touchdowns. For the second consecutive week the Auburn defense recorded four interceptions as Bray and freshman Antwoine Nolan each grabbed a pair. Craig opened the scoring by hitting Baker on a fade route for a 23-yard touchdown. On the Tigers' next drive, Craig hit Karsten Bailey on a nearly-identical, 22-yard touchdown pass to give Auburn a 14-0 first-quarter lead. Ole Miss scored the first points allowed by Auburn on the young season when Baker fumbled a punt at the Rebel 20. Ole Miss scored two plays later on a 14-yard pass from Paul Head to Damon Bilbrew. Ole Miss tied the game soon after as Head methodically marched the Rebels 45 yards in 11 plays in a drive that culminated with an Artie Moore one-yard TD run. Jaret Holmes kicked a 34-yard field goal with 5:46 left before half. Bray then grabbed a deflected Head pass and raced down the sideline to give Auburn a 24-14 halftime lead. Craig's bomb to Baker opened second-half scoring and gave Auburn a 31-14 lead going into the fourth quarter. Fred Beasley rushed for 75 of his game-high 112 yards in the final stanza, including touchdown runs of 36 and 15 yards.

  Score by Quarters     1  2  3  4   Score
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  Auburn.............. 14 10  7 14  - 45
  Ole Miss............  7  7  0 14  - 28
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Auburn 62, Fresno State 0
(Sept 7, 1996 at Auburn, Alabama)

Dameyune Craig passed for 207 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 59 yards and two more scores to lead Auburn to a 62-0 romp over Fresno State. Auburn's offense piled up 588 yards of total offense, balanced with 296 in the air and 292 on the ground Auburn's defense posted it's second consecutive shutout -- something no Tiger defense had done in opening consecutive games since 1964. Freshman Markeith Cooper led all rushers with 109 yards on eight carries, including a 62-yard touchdown run for Auburn's final score. Tyrone Goodson had seven catches for 116 yards and one touchdown. Auburn jumped on the Bulldogs early with three touchdowns in the first quarter, including a 7-yard touchdown pass from Craig to Goodson, a one-yard sneak by Craig and an 11-yard Fred Beasley run off right tackle. Cooper opened the second quarter with a touchdown on a 23-yard swing pass from Craig. Minutes later, Craig scored on a 12-yard scramble and Kevin McLeod bulled his way through the middle from a yard out to give Auburn a 42-0 halftime lead. Reserve quarterback Jon Cooley worked most of the second half and led the Tigers to three touchdowns. Marcellus Mostella, Ryan Taylor, Martavious Houston and Brad Ware each had interceptions. The Tigers defense surrendered only 232 yards of total offense to the Bulldogs.

  Score by Quarters     1  2  3  4   Score
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  Fresno State........  0  0  0  0  -  0
  Auburn.............. 21 21 14  6  - 62
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Auburn 29, UAB 0
(Aug 31, 1996 at Auburn, Alabama)

Newcomer Jaret Holmes kicked five field goals and the Auburn defense posted it's first opening game shutout since 1989 as Auburn blanked UAB, 29-0. Auburn's defense limited UAB's offense to 200 total yards and forced three turnovers, including interceptions by Ricky Neal and Martavious Houston and a fumble recovery by Ryan Taylor. Holmes' first field goal was set up when Larry Melton blocked Kevin Tatarek's punt, which was recovered by Darryl Riggins at the UAB 16. With Auburn's offense unable to reach the end zone in five attempts, Holmes scored Auburn's first points of the year with an 18-yard field goal. Auburn's defenders held UAB again and Holmes was put in position for his second field goal of the evening, a 46-yarder, giving Auburn a 6-0 lead midway through the first quarter. Tiger special teams again made a big play when nose guard Jimmy Brumbaugh blocked Jake Arians' 33-yard field goal attempt late in the first quarter. On UAB's next possession, safety Martavious Houston intercepted a Rodney Hudson pass at the one-yard line and returned it to UAB's 31. Auburn began a 10-play, 39-yard drive that ate 4:17 off the clock, putting Holmes in position for a 47-yard field goal to end the first half. Auburn opened the second half with a 47-yard drive that culminated with Holmes kicking a 50-yard field goal, his longest of the evening. Auburn's offense drove again to the UAB 14. Holmes booted another one from 30 yards with 3:32 left in the third to give Auburn a 15-0 lead. Eric Hines-Tucker and Markeith Cooper added fourth-quarter rushing touchdowns of 5 and 13 yards, respectively, to give Auburn its first win of the season.
  Score by Quarters     1  2  3  4   Score
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  UAB.................  0  0  0  0  -  0
  Auburn..............  6  3  6 14  - 29
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