Auburn's Jeremy Johnson looks to pass against Alabama in the Iron Bowl
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. — Field goals were aplenty in the first half of the 80th Iron Bowl on Saturday.
Adam Griffith rebounded from his Kick Six miss from two years ago at Jordan-Hare Stadium to kick four field goals to give Alabama a 12-6 halftime lead over Auburn.
It was Chris Davis who returned Griffith's 57-yard field goal try 109 yards to win the 2013 Iron Bowl on the last play of the game. Griffith was perfect this Saturday in the first half, outdueling Auburn's Daniel Carlson, who hit two of his three tries.
UPDATE: Alabama leads 19-13 going to the fourth quarter. Auburn's Jeremy Johnson had a 73-yard touchdown pass to Jason Smith, who made a great catch, for the Tigers' first touchdown.
Griffith hit field goals of 27, 40, 26 and 50 yards. 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. Auburn finished with 146 yards of offense with Jovon Robinson's 53 rushing yards leading the way. Auburn quarterback Jeremy Johnson hit 3-of-7 passes for 56 yards. The three completions were to running backs Robinson and Peyton Barber, and receiver Melvin Ray.
Alabama was set to receive the second-half kickoff.