Aug. 18, 2008
Coach Tuberville's Top 10: Number 10
This summer, Auburn fans had the opportunity to vote on the Top 10 games during the Tommy Tuberville
Era. Fans had 25 games to choose from during the month-long voting. Now, AuburnTigers.com will unveil how fans voted, with game recaps and video highlights daily Monday through Friday for the next two weeks, counting down from No. 10 to No. 1.....So sit back, relax and enjoy....Here's No. 10...
Nov. 24, 2007 - Auburn 17, Alabama 10
Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, Ala.
Auburn ran its winning streak against Alabama to a school-record six games, limiting the Crimson Tide to season lows in points and total offense during a 17-10 Iron Bowl victory in front of a sellout crowd of
87,459 at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
The Tigers scored 10 unanswered first-quarter points, then let their defense take over, as Alabama managed just 225 yards of offense, including a season-low 113 through the air. Auburn continued its streak of not allowing the Tide to score a touchdown in the first quarter of an Iron Bowl game since 1996.
Auburn's defense started strong by forcing an Alabama three-and-out and the Tigers capitalized on their first drive, going 65 yards on 12 plays. Ben Tate capped off the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run put Auburn up 7-0.
Brandon Cox connected with Rodgeriqus Smith for a 31-yard reception on Auburn's next possession and Wes Byrum gave the Tigers a 10-0 advantage with a 37-yard field goal.
Early in the second quarter, Alabama answered with an 11-play, 54-yard drive, but found itself facing a fourth down just outside the 1-yard line. John Parker Wilson's quarterback sneak appeared to come up short at first glance, but he eventually forced his way across the goal line for a touchdown and brought the Tide within 10-7.
Alabama was driving towards another score as time ticked away late in the first half, but with just 17 seconds on the clock, Jerraud Powers popped a potential 11-yard touchdown pass out of DJ Hall's hands, then caught the ball himself for an interception as the Tigers took a 10-7 lead into the lockerroom. It was Powers' fourth takeaway of the season.
Auburn's defense maintained its stronghold over the Tide, forcing Alabama to punt on its first four possessions of the second half. Robert Dunn's 31-yard return after the fourth possession set up Auburn's final scoring drive. Starting at the Alabama 44 with 8:48 left in the game, the Tigers ran nine plays before Cox snuck over from a yard out with 3:58 left to give Auburn a 17-7 lead.
The Tide pulled within seven points after Leigh Tiffin kicked a 49-yard field goal with 2:11 remaining in the fourth quarter. But Cole Bennett fell on an onsides kick, and Brad Lester's 12-yard run on fourth-and-one allowed Auburn to run out the clock and clinch the win.
Lester finished with a career-best 98 yards rushing on 22 carries, while Tate had 77 yards and a score on just 11 rushes.
Cox became just the second Auburn quarterback after Jason Campbell to beat Alabama three times. The win also marked the 26th for Cox, to tie him with Pat Sullivan for third on Auburn's all-time list for wins by a starting quarterback.
Josh Thompson led the defense with a career-best 12 tackles, while Tray Blackmon followed with seven. The Tiger defense did not allow a rush of more than nine yards during the entire game, and did not surrender any pass plays of 20 or more yards.
The victory allowed Auburn to finish second in the SEC West with a 5-3 record, giving the Tigers a winning SEC record for an eighth straight season.
Auburn improved to 7-2 against the Tide when playing on Pat Dye Field at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Tuberville's thoughts looking back...
"Anytime you beat your in-state rival and for a record amount of times, it's a great feeling. It had never been done here at Auburn - six times in a row - and doing it here against a new coaching staff added to it. They had all the things going for them. They came in ready to go and again, we played well enough to win the game. I thought we played a bit tight in that game, but it was a huge win against Alabama."
"That game [Auburn vs. Alabama] is not a great football game in terms of big plays, but it's normally conservative on both sides, trying to feel each other out. Both teams want to go out and win it, but you try to not lose at the same time. That's the thing; we all know how important it is to our fans on both sides of the field."
Coming tomorrow, No. 9....