SEC Digital Network
AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn and Alabama met on Saturday as top-five teams, and the 78th Iron Bowl went down as one of the best ever, with the Tigers (11-1, 7-1 Southeastern Conference) clinching the Western Division with a 34-28 win thanks to a touchdown return on a missed field goal as time expired.
After a back-and-forth battle that Auburn tied thanks to a 39-yard touchdown pass from Nick Marshall to Sammie Coates with just over 30 seconds to play, Alabama set up for a 57-yard field goal to win with one second remaining. Adam Griffith kicked the ball short and slightly to the right where Auburn’s Chris Davis hauled it in and proceeded to take it back 109 yards for the game-winning score.
Alabama (11-1, 7-1 SEC) outgained Auburn by over 100 yards, finishing the afternoon with 494 total yards. The Tide also won the turnover battle, forcing one Auburn turnover in the first half while not committing any of their own. It was not enough, though, as the Tigers called on the same magic that helped them defeat Georgia in the final seconds just two weeks before to pull out the win in miraculous fashion.
AJ McCarron had a solid game for Alabama, throwing for 277 yards and three scores, while T.J. Yeldon ran for 141 yards and a score of his own. Auburn’s Nick Marshall threw for two scores and added one on the ground to help Auburn down their arch rival. Tre Mason led the way for Auburn on the ground with 164 yards and a score.
Passing – Nick Marshall, 11-for-16, 97 yards, 2 TD
Rushing – Tre Mason, 29 car, 164 yards, TD
Receiving – Robert Godhigh, 4 rec, 82 yards
Passing – Sammie Coates, 2 rec, 60 yards, TD
Rushing – T.J. Yeldon, 26 car, 141 yards, TD
Receiving – Amari Cooper, 6 rec, 178 yards, TD
• Alabama still holds a 42-35-1 lead over Auburn in the all-time series.
• Auburn entered the game leading the SEC in rushing, and the Tigers put up 298 rushing yards against Alabama’s defense in this one.
• Auburn will face the either Missouri or South Carolina in next week’s SEC Championship Game.