The Iron Bowl: Memorable Moments in the Alabama/Auburn Rivalry
With both teams ranked in the top five heading into this one, we're sure to add to the list of great moments throughout the history of this fierce rivalry.
But, for now, let's take a trip down memory lane and look at memorable Iron Bowl moments from the past 20 years or so:
1993: #6 Auburn 22, #11 Alabama 14
Think about this for a second -- what if Saturday's game between these two teams wasn't nationally televised? That's exactly what happened in 1993 due to Auburn being placed on probation. Both teams were ranked in the top 15, but yet the country was in the dark in terms of watching this game play out. It resulted in monumental ticket prices and led to fans also packing Bryant-Denny Stadium (where the game was not being played) to watch it on a closed-circuit telecast on the video board. The Tide led 14-5 at the half, but Patrick Nix and James Bostic led Auburn back in the second to cap off an undefeated season for the Tigers.
1994: #3 Alabama 21, #6 Auburn 14
Both teams entered this game undefeated (Alabama at 10-0 and Auburn at 9-0-1), so obviously there was a ton at stake. Auburn had won 21 straight games heading into it but was still under probation at the time. The most memorable moment in this particular matchup was when the Tigers came up about an inch short in their quest for a first down and game-tying drive late in the fourth quarter.
2004: #3 Auburn 21, Alabama 13
Auburn fans certainly remember this year. The Tigers went undefeated in the regular season, went on to beat Tennessee in the SEC title game, but wound up third in the BCS rankings. That left USC and Oklahoma to play for the national championship, and Auburn was left out in the cold. However, Alabama almost ended that controversy in the final week of the season. The Tide jumped out to a 6-0 lead at the half before the Auburn offense finally got going and rallied for an eight-point victory.
2009: #2 Alabama 26, Auburn 21
This meeting at Jordan-Hare Stadium didn't exactly have the start that most fans expected. Alabama entered the contest with an 11-0 record and was clearly the favorite over a mediocre Auburn team that had faltered after a 5-0 start. The Tigers ran out to a 14-0 lead 10 minutes into the game, leaving plenty of Bama fans to wonder if their perfect season was about to go up in the flames. Thanks to a Greg McElroy to Roy Upchurch connection with 1:24 to go in the fourth, that didn't happen, and the Crimson Tide went on to win the national championship.
2010: #1 Auburn 28, #11 Alabama 27
Speaking of games not starting according to plan, this was one of the wildest Iron Bowl starts ever. With a national championship up for grabs, top-ranked Auburn came out and fell behind 24-0 midway through the second quarter. From that point on, it was the Cam Newton show. The eventual Heisman winner threw for two scores and ran for one in leading Auburn to the largest come-from-behind victory in the game's history.
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