The Auburn Tigers defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide in the greatest Iron Bowl in history, and one that will forever leave Tide fans wondering what might have been.
Alabama was playing uninspired the entire game, and Auburn played a stellar game on offense. The teams slugged it out for four quarters, but in the end, Alabama’s complete lack of a kicking game was the difference.
Cade Foster missed two field goals and had a third blocked in the game. Then, with one second remaining in the game, redshirt freshman Adam Griffith was given the opportunity to avoid overtime. Instead, the missed attempt was returned 100 yards for the winning Auburn score.
Despite the kicking miscues, coaching is to blame for this loss. Alabama was unprepared for Auburn’s rushing attack, unmotivated when they needed to be, and unable to make the plays they needed. As they have in other must-win games, Alabama played tight and nervous all night, and the result is now in the record books.
Auburn now heads to the SEC Championship game, and potentially a shot at a national championship. Alabama, meanwhile, will be the team that was close, but not close enough, to history.