Alabama spends 4 quarters in the dust; pulls out 4OT win in historic Iron Bowl
Auburn, Ala. (WBRC) - It was a slow start to this year’s matchup between the No. 3 Crimson Tide and the Auburn Tigers, but before it was all over jaws would drop as one the biggest college football rivalries in the country turned into an all out brawl of will power that stretched into a fourth OT before collapsing into a 24-22 win for Alabama.
It was a quick three and out on both opening possessions. Both teams finished the first quarter with negative rushing yards and every possession ended in a punt until deep in the second quarter when TJ Finley landed a 15 yard pass to Kobe Hudson for a touchdown.
Auburn sent Alabama to the locker room up 7-0, the first, first half shutout for Alabama since the National Championship game against Georgia in 2018.
Things didn’t look up in the third quarter. Auburn put up three on their first possession of the half bringing the score to 10-0. It was tough to watch for Bama fans. The Tide came up short so many times on 3rd and 4th down conversions. They even botched a field goal, making a shut out seem like a real possibility.
The performance seemed to have an electrifying effect on Auburn. It was ear shattering in Jordan-Hare stadium as the home team realized that they had a ball game against their rival and the number three team in the country.
Bama managed to put up three, but it did little to soothe the wounds of a scrambled performance.
Things turned desperate for Alabama in the fourth quarter, when one series after another, they failed to find the end zone and tie the game. Alabama fumbled one opportunity after another until finally with 28 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Bryce Young sailed a pass that found the fingertips of Ja’Corey Brooks in the end zone. After the extra point it was 10-10 and the Iron Bowl, for the first time ever was headed into overtime.
It took a fourth overtime to settle the score, but a pass from Bryce Young to John Metchie on a 2-point conversion came through in the final moments to give the Tide a 24-22 win over Auburn.
It was a game of will power at Jordan Hare Saturday night. And while some may argue over a lack luster technical performance by both teams, it was heart that brought them both to the final second. And as Alabama proved with their clinched victory, sometimes heart is just what you need.
The win secures the Tide’s trip to the SEC championship to face Georgia next week.
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