UPDATE: Auburn Tigers win the 2013 Iron Bowl beating number one ranked Alabama Crimson Tide 28-34 in an amazing finish. The Tigers are now headed to the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta on Dec. 7.
Coach Nick Saban lobbied to get one more second on the clock for one more play, hoping to kick a field goal. It ended up backfiring on him.
With one second left on the clock, Alabama attempted a 57-yard field goal that came down in the endzone. Auburn player Chris Davis caught the ball deep in the endzone and ran the ball back for a touchdown!
In the post-game news conference, Auburn Head Coach Gus Malzahn said, “The way we won the last two weeks is really unbelievable. Our guys believe. They weathered the storm.”
Malzahn continued, “It’s just been an amazing year so far. It’s not over yet. Obviously, huge win. The program is going in the right direction. I really like coaching the kids.”
When asked about going to the SEC Championship Game Coach Malzahn said, “That’s what you coach for. That’s what these kids play for to get a chance to win an SEC Championship.”
Before the game, this was anticipated to be the best Iron Bowl in history and the action on the field definitely made sure the game lived up to the hype.
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Who would have thought that McCarron’s 99-yard touchdown pass would have not been the biggest play of the game?
Davis appears to have run the ball 109 yards for the touchdown.
Absolutely phenomenal job by Chris Davis and the Auburn Tigers.
This is the craziest ending to an Iron Bowl ever.
The Auburn team was upset about the extra second put back on the clock at eh end of the game, assuming that the Tide would attempt a Hail Mary. It was that call, and Bama’s decision to kick a fieldgoal, that gave Auburn the opportunity to steal the game!
The field is covered with fans!
Auburn is on the way to the SEC Championship!
This Iron Bowl will be talked about for ages as the game Auburn stole in the final seconds of the game!
It’s unbelievable! The 57 yard fieldgoal attempt came down in the endzone. Auburn player Chris Davis caught the ball deep in the endzone and ran the ball back for a touchdown!
Auburn wins, 34-28! Final score!
Auburn steals the game!
Fieldgoal attempt, just short, Auburn returns the short fieldgoal for a touchdown!
Just a little left-to-right wind. It’s a 56 yard field goal attempt.
Timeout taken by Auburn.
Adam Griffith has taken Cade Foster’s place for the fieldgoal.
After review, one second remains. Alabama has one chance left!
The review continues. If one second does indeed remain, Alabama will have one more chance to throw a Hail Mary to the endzone.
3rd and 1, McCarron hands off the ball to Yeldon, who makes it to the Aub 45 and runs out of bounds. We’re waiting to see if any time is ruled to be still on the clock.
0:07 left in the fourth quarter.
Alabama has one more chance to end the game in the fourth.
2nd and 10, Yeldon rushes for a gain of about 8.
1st and 10, McCarron throws the ball away.
Alabama returns the ball after a short gain to the Ala 29.
28-28 with 0:32 left!
The stadium is going crazy! So is the WHNT News 19 newsroom! Absolutely huge play!
Auburn kicks the extra point, and we are into a tied game!
1st and 10, pass for a touchdown!
3rd and 2, Mason gets the first down!
2nd and 5, Mason carries up the middle for a gain of 3.
1st and 10, Mason rushes for a gain of 5.
3rd and 2, Tre Mason rushes for the first down, 1:38 to go.
1:43 left in the game. Auburn has a chance.
3rd and 2, Alabama doesn’t have enough players on the field and have to call a timeout.
2nd and 3, rush for 1.
1st and 10, Mason rushes for 7.
Blocked field goal attempt by Cade Foster, Auburn recovers, and there was a personal foul on Alabama. That’s a 15 yard penalty and first down.
Auburn gets the ball on their own 35.
3rd and 12, incomplete pass.
3rd and 2 on the Aub 17, Yeldon rushes for a gain.
A punch was thrown in the endzone by Auburn player Mincey in response to a shove by a Alabama player White!
There was also a holding penalty on the offense. Alabama is 3rd and 12 with under 3:00 to play.
2nd and 10, pass for a gain of 8.
1st and 10, Yeldon rushes for no gain.
Auburn punts, Alabama returns to about the Aub 25.
3rd and 19 on the Aub 5, incomplete pass.
2nd and 19, incomplete pass by Marshall.
1st and 10, Marshall gets sacked by Trey DePriest for a loss of 9.
Both teams have all three timeouts remaining.
5:34 left in the 4th.
4th and 1, Yeldon rushes for a loss of about 2. Auburn gets possession of the ball.
3rd and 1, Kris Frost rushes for just short of the first.
2nd and 3, rush for a gain to the 13 yard line.
1st and 10 on the Aub 22, Yeldon rushes to the 15.
1st and 10, gain of 13 for a first down.
The Auburn sideline crew was shown sewing LaDarius Owens’ jersey on the sidelines. That’s right. A sewing machine is on the Auburn sideline. Who’s job is that?
1st and 10 for the Tide on the Aub 35 with 8:28 to go.
4th and 1, Auburn goes for the first down. 8:40 left in the game. Alabama stops Auburn and gets possession of the ball.
3rd and 5, pass for just short of first down. The chains are being brought out to confirm.
2nd and 6, gain of 1.
1st and 10, rush for a gain of 4.
Auburn return kickoff to their own 26 yard line.
McCarron’s 99 yard pass to Amari Cooper is the longest pass play in school history.
Still a lot of time on the clock at 10:28. This is anyone’s game, still.
The extra point is good. Alabama has taken the lead at 28-21!
1st and 10, play action pass to Amari Cooper down the right side for a touchdown down the whole length of the field!
4th and 4, Auburn punts. Auburn player touches the ball on the Alabama 1. Alabama will be 1st and 10 with 99 yards to the endzone.
3rd and 4, incomplete pass.
2nd and 7 on the 50, gain of 3.
1st and 10 on the Auburn 46, rush for a gain of 3.
3rd and 1, Mason carries for the first down.
2nd and 3, carry for zero yards.
Auburn takes control of the ball on their own 20.
1st and 10, racy for a first down on the 35.
That’s the second fieldgoal missed by Cade Foster today.
Fieldgoal attempt unsuccessful, game remains tied at 21-21! Auburn fans rejoice!
4th and 10, fieldgoal attempt, flag on the play, 5 yard penalty, repeat 4th down.
3rd and 10, overshot incomplete pass to the endzone.
2nd and 10 on the Aub 11, pass for 0.
End of the third quarter.
1st and 10, incomplete pass to the endzone.
3rd and 4, McCarron rushes for the first down on the Aub 11.
2nd and 15, pass to Norwood for a gain of 11.
False start on the offense, 5 yard penalty, 2nd down.
2nd and 10, flag on the play.
1st and 10, incomplete pass to the endzone.
2nd and 3rd, Yeldon carries for a first down to the Auburn 22.
1st and 10, pass for a gain of 7.
2nd and 9, McCarron carries for a first down.
3rd and 8, huge pass to Cooper for a first down. Cooper carries to Auburn 44.
2nd and 8, Fowler carries for a loss of 1 yard.
1st and 10 on the 1 yard line, Yeldon carries for around 3 yards.
Auburn punts, Auburn player catches the ball on the one yard line.
3rd and 9, pass for a loss of 2.
2nd and 5, gain of 4 yards.
1st and 10, Mason rushes for a few yards near the Alabama 40.
3rd and short, rush for a first down.
2nd and 10, Marshall rushes for 11 yards.
1st and 10, rush for 0 yards.
1st and 10, another big gain for Marshall for another first down on the Aub 45.
1st and 10, Marshall rushes for a big gains and a first down on the Aub 34.
Alabama punts, Auburn gets the ball on their own 20.
3rd and 10 for Alabama, McCarron throws the ball away to avoid Auburn’s Dee Ford.
1st and 10 on the Alabama 25. Yeldon gets the handoff and rushes to the 30 yard line.
Since 1968, Alabama is 60-0 when rushing for more than 140 yards in a game. Yeldon’s rush puts Alabama about 140 rushing yards.
Alabama returns the ball for a touchback.
An offsides penalty is declined and the extra point is good! This is a tie ball game, 21-21 in the winner take all Iron Bowl!
Flag on the play of the extra point.
2nd and 8, pass into the endzone for a touchdown!
1st and 10 on Alabama’s 15. Marshall rushes for a gain of about 2.
Alabama’s Brandon Ivory is down. Coach Gus Malzhan is yelling, apparently angry that Ivory has slowed Auburn’s tempo.
Auburn’s no huddle offense is firing!
Another first down on Alabama’s 20!
1st and 10, pass to Quan Bray for a first down.
2nd and 3, Marshall rushes, spins and gets a first down on the Aub 45.
1st and 10, Marshall rushes up the middle for a gain of 7.
The second half begins!
Tre Mason returns the kickoff to the Auburn 30.
Alabama off to a shaky start in the first half. Their defense didn’t quite have it together, unable to get on the same page. Quarterback AJ McCarron was throwing off target, too. Auburn capitalized on on that and put two big touchdowns up.
But, Alabama got their act together and got in synch. They put up three touchdowns to give them the lead going in to the second half.
Auburn will get the ball first in the second half. Alabama will have to stop them quickly to keep their momentum down if they want to keep the lead.
Auburn head coach Gus Malzhan says getting a quick touchdown drive will be key to winning the second half.
Alabama is 73-3 when leading at the half.
Alabama will run out the clock and end the second quarter.
3rd and 14, Yeldon rushes for 5.
0:45 remains in the second quarter. Alabama will resume 3rd and 14 on the Alabama 37.
2nd and 15, Yeldon rushes for a gain of 1, Alabama calls a timeout.
2nd and 10, flag on the play. False start on the offense. 5 yard penalty.
1st and 10, pass incomplete.
2nd and 3 on the Alabama 33, rush for a gain of 2.
3rd and 1, Flag on Auburn for illegal substitution, 5 yard penalty, 1st and 10 for Alabama.
JaViere Mitchell walks off the field holding his head. He will be examined by trainers.
1st and 10, McCarron rushes for 7 yards.
Cody Parkey kickoff for 57 yards returned by Christion Jones for 17 yards to the Alab 25.
JaViere Mitchell is injured. His helmet came off as a part of the tackle.
Jeoffrey Pagan is taken off the field by trainers.
Auburn kicks the extra point, Alabama leads 21-14 with 1:40 left on the clock.
Tre Mason rushes for a touchdown!
1st and goal at the 1 yard line.
Wow, the ruling is that Marshall jumped out of bounds at the 2 yard line. The touchdown was taken back.
The touchdown play is currently under review.
3rd and 3, Marshall rushes for a touchdown!
2:01 left in the 2nd.
2nd and 4, Mason rushes for 1.
1st and 10, Tre Mason rushes for a gain of 6.
2nd and 3 for Auburn, huge rushing gain for Auburn, Tre Mason rushes to their own 23.
ALA: 5 plays, 56 yards, 1:41 – Rushing Touchdown
Auburn returns the kickoff around the 18 yard line.
The extra point is good, Alabama leads 21-7.
Neither clock started on time on the previous play. The game clock will be slightly reset at 3:48.
Officials are reviewing the play, yet again.
Alabama pushes through for the touchdown!
The touchdown has been taken back after the ruling. The ball has been placed just outside the goal line and Alabama is 1st and goal.
Cooper appeared to break the plain before his hand touched out of bounds on the replay.
1st and 10 on their own 29, Cooper rushes and dives for a touchdown!
The touchdown is under review by the officials.
2nd and 10, tipped pass caught by Norwood, he runs for a first down, inside the 30.
1st and 10, pass incomplete.
1st and 10, Yeldon rushes for a first down on their own 43.
4th and 19, punt, Alabama gets the ball on Auburn’s 44.
3rd and 13, rush for a loss of 6.
2nd and 13, Marshall passes deep but comes up short for an incomplete pass.
1st and 10 for Auburn. Rush for a loss of 3.
Auburn recovers the ball for a touchback.
Alabama’s defense gave AJ McCarron the time he needed to find Norwood in the endzone.
There is 7:12 left on the clock in the 2nd quarter. Bama fans went crazy in the stadium after that big pass to Norwood.
The extra point is good, Alabama leads 14-7.
1st and 10, touchdown pass to Kevin Norwood!
3rd and 2, Alabama on their own 28 yard line.
Yeldon rushes to the 20 yard line for a first down.
2nd and 1, Yeldon rushes for a loss of 2 yards.
1st and 10, pass to Yeldon for a big gain of 9 yards.
The ruling stands. Alabama retains possession.
1st and 10, Malzhan calls a timeout for a challenge to the fumble possession.
1st and 10, fumble on the play, Alabama gets possession of the ball!
3rd and 8, pass for a gain to the 32 yard line.
2nd and 6, Marshall rushes for a loss of 4 yards.
1st and 10 on the 21 yard line. Mason rushes to the left for a gain of 4 yards.
Tre Mason returns the kickoff near the 20 yard line.
Extra point is good, tie game at 7-7!
Pass to Justin Fowler, touchdown!
1st and goal, Drake rushes to near the third yard line.
1st and 10, pass to Howard for another 1st down.
4th and 2, pass to OJ Howard for a gain of 11.
Alabama doesn’t seem to be firing on all cylinders like they normally are. Is the pressure of the game getting to them? Can Auburn capitalize on Alabama’s miscues?
1st and 10, Alabama isn’t in the right formation and has to call a timeout. That’s the second timeout for Alabama in this drive!
4th and 7, offsides penalty on Dee Ford, 5 yard penalty, first down for Alabama.
The clock stands at 12:54.
3rd and 16, pass to Hoyt for a gain of 9.
4th and 7, and Alabama takes a timeout.
2nd and 16, incomplete pass to Christion Jones.
The 2nd quarter has begun.
Kenyan Drake rushes for a first down on the first play.
1st and 10 on the 39 yard line. Auburn blitzes and McCarron was sacked by Gabe Wright for a loss of 7.
1st and 10, Drake rushes for about 8 yards.
The first quarter has ended.
White trots off the field unaided.
White appears to have been hit in the back of the head by Drake’s knee during his rush.
Ryan White, Auburn number 19, appears to be injured.
Deep pass to Amari Cooper incomplete.
2nd and 10, Kenyan Drake rushes across the 40 for a first down.
Auburn punts, Alabama recovers on the 33 yard line.
2nd and 7 at AUB 32: Nick Marshall sacked by Jonathan Allen and A’Shawn Robinson for a loss of 10 yards to the Aub 22.
1st and 10, Tre Mason rush for 3 yards to the Aub 32.
1st and 10, Tre Mason rush for 8 yards to the Aub 24.
2nd and 2, Marshall rushes for 6 yards, fumbles, and recovers his own ball at the Aub 29 for a 1st down.
ALA: 3 plays, 9 yards, 1:42 – Punt
2nd and 5, pass incomplete.
3rd and 5, short gain, for 4th and short.
Alabama punts and Auburn recovers at the 15.
AUBURN: 7 plays, 66 yards, 3:26 – rushing touchdown
Alabama gets the kickoff at the 25.
1st and 10, Yeldon picks up 5 yards.
Absolutely huge run by Nick Marshall. The stadium went nuts when Marshall scored!
Auburn kicks the extra point.
3rd and 2.
Nick Marshall scores the first touchdown of the game with a 45 yard rush!
Nick Marshall gets outside of the pocket and passes to Sammie Coates for 21 to the Aub 47 for a huge gain!
Two quick timeouts for Auburn. Their no huddle offense requires complete synchronization from Auburn’s offense.
Auburn takes another timeout. The clock has 6:23 left in the first quarter.
Cory Grant rushes for a loss of 2 yards to the Aub 26.
Time out was called with 7:12 left in the first quarter.
Nick Marshall rushed for 2 yards to the Aub 26. A holding on Alabama was called after Auburn’s first play.
A time out was called as the play clock ran down for Auburn.
The punt from Cody Mandel was blocked by Ryan Smith. Auburn will take the ball on their 34 yard line.
A tipped punt from Alabama and Auburn recovers the ball.
There seems to have been a whistle on the play, though, it’s unclear if a penalty was issued.
Third down pass incomplete to Kevin Norwood.
Second down handoff loses three yards.
Quick set up from Alabama nets 6 yards.
Alabama will take possession of the ball on the 20 yard line.
Auburn punts after gaining 20 yards.
Auburn has started strong! In their first three downs, they almost caught Alabama off guard with a very catchable pass deep in the field.
Quick start for Auburn. They run a no huddle offense designed to keep your opponent off balance. This strategy relies heavily on the quarterback to run the offense.
I will try to keep up with their speed!
That was Foster’s second missed field goal this year.
The kicker, Cade Foster, appeared to be off balance. He hooked the shot to the left.
3rd down handoff to Yeldon loses yardage. Bama attempts a field goal, but misses.
Handoff to Yeldon again. He gains 2 yards.
Yeldon gets the ball again for a gain of about six yards.
A handoff on the first play of the game to Yeldon found a huge hole! Yeldon got a first down at the 45 yard line.
The Crimson Tide has won the coin toss and will receive first.
Nick Saban says this is a game with a lot of emotion in it. He says the key to this game will be to focus completely on this game.
Putting everything else aside was something he stressed earlier this week.
Both teams have taken the field! The energy is electric inside the stadium!
What’s at stake: This is a winner take all game. The winner goes on to the SEC Championship, and possibly the BCS Championship.
Both teams were confident earlier this week at their press conferences. Alabama head coach Nick Saban seemed to be in a good mood. He even made a joke when he spoke to the media! Auburn head coach Gus Malzhan was his normal short-spoken self, but one thing was clear– he was ready to win.
It’s an absolutely beautiful day at The Plains. It’s a perfect day for a game that will make history no matter what happens.
Earlier this week, WHNT live blogged from both Alabama’s and Auburn’s Iron Bowl press conferences. Check them out and get caught up on both team’s thoughts going in to the big game.