Alabama Football: The 30 Greatest Games in Alabama Football History

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Nov 28, 2015; Auburn, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver ArDarius Stewart (13) catches a touchdown pass past Auburn Tigers defensive back Carlton Davis (18) in the third quarter at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: RVR Photos-USA TODAY Sports

2009 Iron Bowl – The Drive

With just one win over Auburn since 2002, Alabama Football traveled to the Plains to try to finish their second straight perfect regular season. First year coach Gene Chizik’s Tigers were more than ready to play. After forcing an Alabama punt on their first possession, Auburn scored on a 67-yard reverse to go up 7-0. It was the longest touchdown play Alabama had allowed under Nick Saban.

Auburn kicked off with an onside kick, recovered, and scored another touchdown on that possession to go up 14-0 in the first quarter. The Tide was on their heels, trailing by two possessions for the first time in the 2009 season.

Alabama responded with two second quarter touchdowns, and the teams went into the locker room at the half tied at 14 points each.

Auburn used another long touchdown early in the third quarter to gain another lead. Two drives ending in Leigh Tiffin field goals had Alabama down 21-20 at the end of the third.

With under nine minutes to go in the game, Alabama got the ball on their on 21. Greg McElroy then led a 15 play drive to march 79 yards into the endzone and eat over seven minutes of clock. McElroy completed seven straight passes, including the 4-yard touchdown pass to senior Roy Upchurch. Up 26-21, Alabama attempted the two-point conversion but did not convert.

Leigh Tiffin kicked off to Auburn. The Tigers made it to midfield quickly, but were unable to get within range. The time ran out on the Tigers comeback and the Tide’s dreams of an undefeated matchup with Florida were a reality.

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