5 of the Greatest Iron Bowl Moments

Auburn vs Alabama

Today is an epic and important game for the Crimson Tide. The winner of today’s Alabama and Auburn game will play in the SEC Championship Game and have a shot at a national title.

“This game has to be top five in the history of the rivalry based on implications,” former Auburn center and current SEC Network analyst Cole Cubelic said to cbssports.com. “There are scenarios for each or both teams coming out with a chance to play for a national title. I think the potential dominoes of how this game play out could fall past the field of play as well.”

Where will you watch this great match-up? Head to Moe’s Original Bar B Que for their Alabama Watch Party. Game starts at 2:30pm. Find Moe’s at 901 Columbia Ave, Franklin TN 37064 and 9050 Carothers Pkwy, Unit 104, Franklin TN 37067.

In honor of this historically important game, here are 5 of the greatest moments in Iron Bowl history from athlonsports.com:

5. Van Tiffin Wins With 52-yard Field Goal
Alabama 25, Auburn 23
Nov. 30, 1985 – Birmingham, Ala.
Alabama led 16-10 entering what would be a wild fourth quarter. First, Bo Jackson scored on a one-yard run to put Auburn ahead 17-16 with 7:03 left. Then Alabama running back Gene Jelks scampered 26 yards into the end zone a minute later to put his team up 22-17. The Tigers responded with a time-consuming 70-yard drive punctuated with a Reggie Ware touchdown run with less than a minute left. Auburn failed on the two-point conversion so its lead was 23-22. Crimson Tide quarterback Mike Shula completed three clutch passes and also had a key block on a reverse to bring his team to the Auburn 35-yard line with six seconds left to play. There, walk-on Van Tiffin kicked a 52-yard field goal to cap one of the best games of the series.

4. Punt Bama Punt
Auburn 17, Alabama 16
Dec. 2, 1972 – Birmingham, Ala.
Alabama held Auburn to 80 yards of offense and led 16-3 with 5:30 to go as the Crimson Tide lined up to punt. Greg Gantt took the snap, but Auburn’s Bill Newton blocked his kick and David Langner picked up the ball and ran into the end zone. A few minutes later, Newton and Langner accomplished the same feat to take a 17-16 lead. Langner later sealed the win with an interception and when he got to the sideline, legendary head coach Shug Jordan appeared upset. According to Langner, he said “But coach, I intercepted the pass,” and Jordan replied, “Yeah, but our plan was to make them punt.” Recordings of the radio broadcast were sold after the game and bought by more than 20,000 Auburn fans.

3. The Camback
Auburn 28, Alabama 27
Nov. 26, 2010 – Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Alabama jumped out to a 24-0 lead over No. 2 Auburn in the second quarter. Lesser teams would have rolled over, but this was the Cam Newton-led Tigers. Auburn’s defense stiffened and Newton threw three touchdowns and ran for another as the Tigers escaped Tuscaloosa with a 28-27 victory. Auburn went on to win the national title, but its most dramatic victory was its comeback over Alabama.

2. 315
Alabama 28, Auburn 17
Nov. 28, 1981 – Birmingham, Ala.
All eyes were on the state of Alabama as head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant was one win away from breaking Amos Alonzo Stagg’s record of 314 career victories. It looked like he may have to wait another day when Auburn turned two fumbles into 10 points and led 17-14 early in the fourth quarter. The Crimson Tide responded with two touchdowns as Bryant secured his 315th victory.

1. The Kick Six
Auburn 34, Alabama 28
Nov. 30, 2013 – Auburn, Ala.
Two-time defending national champion Alabama was 11-0 and Auburn was 10-1. The winner of the game would go to the SEC Championship Game the next week. The Tigers seemed to match the Crimson Tide score for score and tied the game 28-28 with 32 seconds left. Alabama’s T.J. Yeldon ran out of bounds at the Auburn 38-yard line with one second on the clock and the Crimson Tide lined up for a 57-yard field goal. Punt returner Chris Davis fielded the offline kick nine yards deep in the end zone and blew past Alabama’s stunned and somewhat slow field goal unit as he streaked down the sidelines to the end zone for the most dramatic moment of the series. Today, the “Kick Six” is not only the best play in Iron Bowl history. It may very well be the greatest play in college football history.

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