Countdown To The Iron Bowl!
Alabama and Auburn will take the field Saturday afternoon for the 85th time. While this matchup may not have as much on the line as in previous meetings, there is no doubt that this rivalry is one of, if not the greatest in college football. Here are the top 5 moments in Iron Bowl history!
5. "The Kick"- 1985 - Auburn just scored on a 70 yard total drive to take the lead in the game 23-22. Alabama had one minute left to go down the field to try to kick a game-winning field goal, and what happened next was incredible.
After getting sacked on an unusual scramble play, quarterback Mike Shula helped to drive Alabama down to the Auburn 35. Alabama Kicker Van Tiffin lined up for a 52 yard field goal attempt and drilled it right down the middle as time expired! Alabama wins 25-23!
4. "An Undefeated Effort"- 2009 - Auburn would jump out to a stunning 14-0 lead in this game. In a drive for the ages, 4 passes to receiver Julio Jones helped to move the Crimson Tide down the field and brought them to the Auburn 28 yard line.
In the 4th quarter with 1:29 left in the game, McElroy threw the ball to running back Roy Upchurch for his first, and surprisingly only receiving touchdown of his career. Alabama held on to win the game 26-21 and go on for the team's first undefeated season under head coach Nick Saban!
3. "Cam Newton's Comeback"- 2010 - This was a game for the ages and could easily be one of the best comebacks in college football history. Alabama jumped out to a 24-0 lead and looked to be cruising to another Iron Bowl victory.
Cam Newton had something to say about that. Newton would connect on a 36 yard touchdown to Emery Blake, then connect on a 70 yard touchdown to Terrell Zachary on the second play of the 3rd quarter. Newton would rush for a touchdown, but the big touchdown would come from Newton to Philip Lutzenkirchen to put the Tigers ahead 28-27. Auburn wins this game 28-27 and would go on to win the National Championship over Oregon.
2. "Too Many Men"- 2019- In this high scoring affair, quarterback Mac Jones and wide-receiver Jaylen Waddle put on an offensive show. Jones threw for 335 yards and 4 touchdowns in the game, but also threw 2 huge pick-sixes to the Auburn defense.
Auburn had the lead in this game with 8 minutes to go when a crucial moment happened. Alabama kicker Joseph Bulovas missed a 30 yard field goal. Later in the quarter on a 4th and 4, Alabama was scrambling to figure out what Auburn was doing as the punter lined up as a wide-receiver. Alabama rushed guys on and off the field and got hit with a substitution infraction penalty. Those five yards gave Auburn the first down and, effectively, the win. It would mark the first time that Alabama would miss the College Football Playoff!
1. "The Kick-Six"- 2013 - Both Alabama and Auburn were in the top 4 in the country. The frustration for Alabama fans in this game was that the Tide had several chances to put this game away. Rather than trying a 30-yard field goal—Cade Foster had already missed from 44 and 33 earlier in the game—the Crimson Tide turned it over on downs at the Auburn 13 with five minutes to go.
Then with two minutes and 30 seconds remaining, Alabama attempted a 44-yard field goal, only to have it blocked. Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall would hit wide-receiver Sammie Coates for a game-tying touchdown with 32 seconds left. What happened next would stun the college football world. Alabama kicker Adam Griffith attempted a 57-yard field-goal that was fielded by Chris Davis in the back of the end zone and returned 109 yards for the unforgettable walk-off touchdown!
All of these moments are a part of a huge rivalry that will continue Saturday on CBS. Don't forget to listen to Tide 100.9 and 95.3 The Bear for coverage of the game beginning at 9:30 a.m. with the Tide Tailgate show!