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Auburn comes up short in the Iron Bowl
 
Jeremy Johnson
Auburn Tigers

 Game 12
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
F
 Alabama Crimson Tide
3
9
7
10
29
 Auburn Tigers
6
0
7
0
13
 
 
 Quick Stats
AU
UA
 Total Plays
60
76
 1st Downs
12
24
     3rd down efficiency
3-15
5-16
     4th down efficiency
1-2
1-2
 Total Yards
268
465
 Passing Yards
172
179
     Comp-Att
10-23
17-26
     Yards per pass
7.7
5.7
 Rushing Yards
91
286
     Rushing attempts
37
50
     Yards per rush
2.5
5.7
 Penalties-Yards
8-60
6-60
 Turnovers
0
0
     Fumbles lost
0
0
     Interceptions thrown
0
0
 Time of Possession
24:16
35:23
 

 Stat Leaders
 Passing
C-Att
Yds
TD
Int
 AU - J. Johnson
9-20
172
1
0
 UA - Coker
17-26
179
1
0
 Rushing
Car
Yds
TD
Long
 AU - Robinson
14
51
0
13
 UA - Henry
46
271
1
29
 Receiving
Rec
Yds
TD
Long
 AU - J. Smith
2
82
1
77
 UA - Ridley
6
90
0
46

 2015 Schedule
09/05
W
 (6) Auburn 31, Louisville 24
09/12
W
 (6) Auburn 27, JSU 20 (OT)
09/19
L
 (18) Auburn 21, (14) LSU 45
09/26
L
 Auburn 9, Miss. State 17
10/03
W
 Auburn 35, San Jose State 21
10/15
W
 Auburn 30, Kentucky 27
10/24
L
 Auburn 46, Arkansas 54 (4OT)
10/31
L
 Auburn 19, Ole Miss 27
11/07
W
 Auburn 26, (19) Texas A&M 10
11/14
L
 Auburn 13, Georgia 23
11/21
W
 Auburn 56, Idaho 34
11/28
L
 Auburn 13, (2) Alabama 29
   
By Charles Goldberg
AuburnTigers.com

AUBURN, Ala. -- Jeremy Johnson threw a highlight reel touchdown pass to Jason Smith, but in a game of field goals, it wasn't enough to carry the day for Auburn at the Iron Bowl.

Alabama's Adam Griffith kicked five field goals and the Tide threw a touchdown pass of its own in the third quarter and added a touchdown late to beat Auburn 29-13 Saturday in the 80th renew of the rivalry.

The Johnson-to-Smith 77-yard touchdown pass was the stuff of the Prayer in Jordan-Hare win over Georgia, and Auburn's Kick Six win over Alabama in 2013. But while Smith made a great catch by tipping the ball to himself while running full speed, it didn't result in a win.

Auburn ended the regular season with a 6-6 record. Four of the losses were one-possession games, losing by eight or fewer points. The loss toAlabama was by double digits, thanks to a Tide touchdown with 26 seconds left.

It was a rebound for Griffith at Jordan-Hare Stadium. He missed a long field goal try on the last play of the 2013 Iron Bowl, the miss that Chris Davis turned into the Kick Six 109-yard return that beat Alabama on the final play.

This time, Griffith kicked four field goal in the first half for a 12-6 Alabama lead. He outdueled Auburn's Daniel Carlson, who hit two of his three tries.

Griffith hit field goals of 27, 40, 26 and 50 yards in the first half. Carlson ran his streak to 16 consecutive field goals when he hit field goals of 24 and 48 yards. He missed one after that.

Auburn fans cheered before the game upon seeing the return of Cam Newton, one of the stars of Auburn's 2010 Iron Bowl win. The fans cheered again when the big video board showed Davis' Kick Six return.

Neither offense did much around the end zone in the first half. Auburn finished with 146 yards with Jovon Robinson's 53 rushing yards leading the way. Johnson hit 3-of-7 passes for 56 yards in the first half and finished hitting 10-of-23 passes for 169 yards.

Alabama finished with 465 yards, 271 of those came via Derrick Henry runs. Auburn finished with 260 yards.

Both quarterbacks did better in the third quarter than the first half. Alabama's Jake Coker stepped away from trouble twice on one drive, and the second dramatic getaway resulted in a 34-yard touchdown pass to ArDarius Stewart.

Alabama then benefitted from two personal foul penalties on Auburn on one play, gaining those 30 yards without trying, setting up Griffith's final field goal, a 46-yarder. Alabama's final touchdown came on a Henry 25-yard runwith 26 seconds left.

Auburn will now await to see which bowl it will play in.

Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter:


 

 

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