USC's 2002 Football Opener Vs. Auburn Moved To Labor Day

Jan. 29, 2002

LOS ANGELES - USC's 2002 season-opening football game against Auburn in the Coliseum has been moved to Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 2) at 5 p.m. (PT). It will be shown live nationally by ABC-TV.

The game was originally scheduled for the previous Saturday, Aug. 31, but was moved to accommodate television.

'This is an exciting way to open our 2002 season,' said second-year USC head coach Pete Carroll. 'It's our version of Monday Night Football. We're on prime time national television on Labor Day and we're facing an outstanding opponent. It doesn't get much better than that.'

This will be only the second meeting between USC and Auburn. The Tigers beat Troy, 16-7, in the 1987 Citrus Bowl.

USC returns 13 starters-including All-American safety Troy Polamalu-from a 6-6 squad that won its final 4 regular-season games and earned a berth in the Las Vegas Bowl. Perennial SEC contender Auburn finished 7-5 in 2001-including wins over then No. 1 Florida and Georgia-and played in the Peach Bowl.

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