AUBURN, AL (WBRC) - With so much on the line, the University of Alabama put up a strong performance in the Iron Bowl as Auburn watched their upset hopes slip away.
Alabama began the scoring on their second possession. Utilizing a flea-flicker, Bama's A.J McCarron threw to Kenny Bell for a 41 touchdown at 6:33 in the first quarter. Jeremy Shelley added the extra point.
Auburn took possession of the ball, but had no luck in getting the first down. Unfortunately for the Tigers, the punt by Steven Clark only traveled 10 yards, giving Alabama the ball at Auburn's 35 yard line. On their first play, Alabama grabbed the touchdown with a 35-yard A.J. McCarron pass to Brad Smelley at the 4:25 mark.
Auburn got on the board after an impressive defensive display near the end of the first quarter. An Auburn punt saw the Crimson Tide at their own 10-yard line. Tiger Corey Lemonier sacked Alabama's A.J. McCarron and forced a fumble into the endzone. Auburn's Kenneth Carter recovered the fumble for the touchdown. Cody Parkey tacked on the extra point to bring the score to 14-7.
Alabama returned to the endzone on their next possession with a 12-play drive across 80 yards. A.J. McCarron finished up the drive with a 5-yard pass to Trent Richardson for a touchdown at 9:11 in the second quarter.
With under two minutes remaining in the half, Alabama added to their score. Jeremy Shelley kicked a 30-yard field goal at the 1:44 mark.
Auburn returned from the half in a spectacular fashion. On the kickoff, Onterio McCalebb received the ball and returned 83 yards for the touchdown. Cody Parkey's extra point set the score to 24-14.
Alabama wanted to answer Auburn's touchdown with one of their own, but was kept to another field goal. Jeremy Shelley kicked the 28-yarder at the 8:47 mark in the third to wrap up a 9-play drive.
The Crimson Tide defense flexed its muscle at the beginning of the 4th quarter by getting a touchdown of their own. The Tide's Dee Milliner intercepted a Clint Moseley pass at the Auburn 35 and ran it back for the score. The Jeremy Shelley extra point set the score at 35-14.
Alabama next returned to the endzone with 6:40 remaining in the game. A 5-play drive covered 90 yards in under 3 minutes, mostly thanks to a Trent Richardson rush for 57 yards. The drive ended with Jalston Fowler rushing for 15 yards into the endzone. The extra point put the score at 42-14. This wrapped up the scoring in the game and solidified Alabama's victory.
With this win, Alabama faces a potential berth into the BCS National Championship, potentially for a rematch with #1 ranked LSU.
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