It might be on the level of the New England Patriots' mass-theft of opposing team's signals years ago, but consider "Tiger-gate" as another example of how far teams will go to gain a perceived edge.
The Auburn Tigers eked out a 20-14 win over the Kansas State Wildcats Thursday. They were the recipients of a few lucky bounces, forcing two interceptions and a fumble.
Opposing kicker Jack Cantele also missed three crucial field goals that could have made the difference in the close contest.
K State Accusations
But after the game, Kansas State's Bill Snyder said his team didn't just lose because it had been sloppy with the ball. No, the long-time Wildcats coach suspected something more nefarious, telling sideline reporter Samantha Ponder that Auburn was "getting their signals."
Tigers coach Gus Malzahn quickly refuted that claim after the game. "No, no," Malzahn told ESPN when asked if Auburn knew the signals.
Not the first accusation
It wasn't that long ago when Auburn were blamed for similar crimes.
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said Auburn was stealing signs in the first half of the BCS National Championship game in January. After learning of the Tigers' sly ways, he told some of his Seminole players to hold towels up to hide the signals from the Auburn sideline.
If the allegations were true, Auburn struggled soon after they were caught red-handed.
Despite leading 21-3 early in the national championship game, the Tigers blew their lead, allowing Florida State to rally for a last-second touchdown that finished the match. The Seminoles dominated after being behind early and won 34-31 in the title contest's waning moments.
Thursday's match-up in Manhattan followed a similar script: a 20-7 Auburn lead through three quarters that suddenly got whittled down to a single-score and a possible loss. This time, though, Auburn pulled out the victory.
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