Cam Newton led Auburn to the biggest comeback in Iron Bowl history in 2010
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. — The guy who led Auburn to the biggest comeback in Iron Bowl history will be in the locker room when the Tigers meet Alabama in Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday.
Cam Newton will be Auburn's honorary coach.
Newton, an Auburn graduate, and a former Auburn quarterback, and currently the quarterback of the unbeaten Carolina Panthers, will be on hand for the 2:30 p.m. game. His statue will stand guard with Auburn's other Heisman Trophy winners on the outside of Jordan-Hare during the proceedings.
It was Newton who led Auburn from a 24-0 deficit to a 28-27 win in Tuscaloosa in 2010 in one of the last stops on the way to the national championship.
Coach Gus Malzahn remembered on the university's Tiger Talk radio show Monday night how Newton took charge:
"We got behind and the place was going bananas. I think we got a score right before halftime, and at halftime, we're making adjustments and Cam just kind of took over a little bit," Malzahn said. "He challenged everyone. We went out there and scored the second play of the third quarter and he came to the sideline and said, 'We're fixing to beat these boys.' From then on, you could kind of sense it. We got the momentum. He led us back."
Alabama led 24-0 with eight minutes left in the second quarter. Newton threw a touchdown pass to Emory Blake to make it 24-7 at the half. He then threw a 70-yard touchdown pass to Terrell Zachery and scored on a 1-yard run in the third quarter to cut the lead to 24-21.
He threw what proved to be the game-winning touchdown pass to Philip Lutzenkirchen with 11:55 left in the game.
Now, Newton, whose Panthers are off this weekend, will be on hand again.
"He's coming at a good time," Malzahn said.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine
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