Auburn's eagle makes pre-game detour

September 10, 2011 - 4:25 PM
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Spirit, a bald eagle, flies over the crowd prior to the start of the Mississippi State-Auburn NCAA college football game in Auburn, Ala., Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn's eagle apparently wanted a pricier view.

The eagle Spirit flew into the glass window of a luxury box during his pre-kickoff flyaround before Saturday's game between Auburn and No. 16 Mississippi State.

Seemingly unharmed, the bird then flew over the stands behind an end zone as fans ducked. Spirit then landed near midfield like always.

Auburn fans tried to keep the traditional "War Eagle" chant going during the longer-than-usual flight.

Auburn says Spirit is the only bald eagle to make such a pre-game flight, which he did for the first time a decade ago.

The school's mascot is the Tigers, but "War Eagle" has long been its battle cry.

Auburn won the game, 41-34.