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Auburn to 'keep fighting' after records fall in Iron Bowl
Nov. 30, 2014

Auburn's Duke Williams stretches for the catch in the Iron Bowl

By Charles Goldberg

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Corey Grant's last regular-season play of his last regular-season game ended with a 5-yard touchdown run in the closing seconds at the place where it all started.

Except he scored for Auburn, not Alabama his original school. And he and Auburn did it to show the Tigers would not go quietly into the night. Alabama won the Iron Bowl 55-44 Saturday night in a spirited game of give and take, leads won and lost, and offensive numbers that burst the record books, even with seconds remaining.

Some of the records are below.

"We wanted to go out with a win and get 10 wins this year, but we'll keep fighting and get ready for our bowl game. It's going to be of great importance," Grant said.

Grant, who ran past the 1,000-yard career rushing mark in the game, finished with 34 yards on four carries. The real record holders were the likes of Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall, who passed for a school-record 456 yards; and the likes of Sammie Coates, who set an Auburn Iron Bowl record with 206 receiving yards on just five catches.

The offense rang up 630 yards, the most Alabama had allowed anywhere, but Auburn's Gus Malzahn talked of the lost opportunities when the Tigers drove inside the Tide 10, but settled for field goals.

"It definitely was frustrating. We drove the ball. We just didn't finish," said receiver Quan Bray.

"We're not going to give up."

Auburn ran a stunning 90 plays, but Malzahn said some of the drives simply didn't produce enough points. Auburn settled for field goals on drives that ended at the Alabama, 3, 7, 7, 3 and 16; and got nothing on a late drive that ended at the 7 when the Tigers went for it on fourth down.

Still, Grant scored with 20 seconds left.

"I'm proud of all these guys the way the guys fought, especially the way we finished the game," said center Reese Dismukes. "It showed we've got heart."

Here are some of the records, and notes, provided by Auburn and Alabama... 

• It was highest scoring game in Iron Bowl history. The previous high was a 75-point game in 1969 (Auburn 49, Alabama 26). Auburn's 630 total yards and 90 offensive plays are both records for Alabama opponents in a single game. Alabama and Auburn combined for an Iron Bowl-record 1,169 yards of total offense in tonight's game, setting a new Iron Bowl record for combined yardage. Auburn had 630 total yards in tonight's game while Alabama moved for 539 total yards. The previous record was 1,074 yards in 1969 (Auburn had 541, Alabama had 533).
• Daniel Carlson's five field goals are the most in the history of the series. The previous record was four shared by Jaret Holmes (1997) and Van Tiffin (1985). Carson's 18 points (five FGs, three PATs) also were the most in the series. Tiffin had 13 (4 FGs, 1 PAT) in 1985.
• Sammie Coates' 206 receiving yards are the most ever by an Auburn receiver in the Iron Bowl and the second highest behind Cooper. The previous high for an Auburn receiver was Alexander Wright's 141 yards in 1989.
• Coates (206 yards) and D'haquille Williams (121) became only the second receiving tandem to go over 100 yards in an Iron Bowl. Alabama's Dennis Bailey (187 yards) and Bubba Sawyer (110) were the only other duo from the same team to accomplish the feat in 1969.
• Coates' 68-yard scoring reception from Nick Marshall is tied for the eighth longest in series history and is the fifth longest by an Auburn receiver, trailing Byron Franklin (74 yards in 1977), Darvin Adams (72 yards in 2009), Terrell Zachary (70 yards in 2010) and Mike Currier (70 yards in 1968).
• The blocked extra point after an Alabama touchdown in the third quarter was the fourth in the series and the first since Alabama kicker Leigh Tiffin's attempt was blocked in 2008. Alabama's Bill Davis (1972) and Auburn's Joe Childress (1954) also had extra point attempts blocked.
• Alabama's Amari Cooper had 224 receiving yards, the most in Iron Bowl history.


• With 2,095 career rushing yards, Cameron Artis-Payne is 15th in Auburn history, passing Lionel James (2,068 yards 1980-83) and James Bostic (2,084 yards 1991-93)
• Artis-Payne now has 1,485 rushing yards this season, fourth best in Auburn history, passing Cam Newton (1,473 yards in 2010); next Rudi Johnson 1567 in 2000
• With 1,848 career rushing yards, Nick Marshall is now 21st in Auburn history
• Marshall has now been responsible for 55 touchdowns in his career, third all-time at Auburn, passing Jason Campbell (54 in 2001-04)
• 456 yards passing by Marshall sets the Auburn school record, previously set by Ben Leard vs. Georgia (416) in 1999. It's a career high for Marshall; he had 303 total yards in the first half. This is Marshall's second career game with three TD passes; the other was against Louisiana Tech earlier this year
• Marshall's 505 yards total offense tonight rank first in Auburn single-game history; the previous record was 445 yards by Dameyune Craig vs. Army in the 1996 Independence Bowl
• The 68-yard touchdown pass from Nick Marshall to Sammie Coates was the second-longest TD pass by Auburn in Iron Bowl history; the longest is 70 yards from Cam Newton to Terrell Zachery in 2010
• With 206 yards, Coates is Auburn's all-time receiving leader in the Iron Bowl; the previous best was 141 yards by Alexander Wright in 1989. That total ranks fifth on Auburn's all-time single game receiving list
• Williams and Coates are the first pair of 100-yard receivers in a game under Coach Gus Malzahn; the last time it happened at Auburn was vs. Chattanooga in 2010 (Terrell Zachery and Darvin Adams)
• Daniel Carlson's 20-yard first-quarter field goal was Auburn's first score in the first quarter of an Alabama game in Tuscaloosa since 2002, when the Tigers scored on a Jason Campbell touchdown pass to Robert Johnson
• With five field goals tonight, Carlson is third in Auburn single-season kick scoring with 104 points scored, passing Wes Byrum (99 points in 2010). Five field goals made, a career high for Carlson, is the most by an Auburn kicker in a game since Jaret Holmes vs. UAB In 1996
• Daniel Carlson's 18 points kicking ties the Auburn single game record with Al Del Greco against Kentucky in 1982


• Auburn's 630 yards total offense are the most by the Tigers in an Iron Bowl; the previous best was 541 yards in 1969
• Auburn set a school record for passing yards in the Iron Bowl by the Tigers with 456 yards; the previous best was 317 in the 1970 game
• Auburn has 19 interceptions for the season, the most since 2002. This is the fourth game this season when Auburn has had three interceptions in a game; the others were San José State, Mississippi State and South Carolina. Alabama had allowed only four interceptions for the season before tonight
• The 2014 Auburn team ranks fifth in Auburn history with 430 points scored
• This is the first time since 1969-70 that Auburn has scored 30+ points vs. Alabama in consecutive games
• Auburn's 383 yards of offense in the first half were the most by the Tigers in a first half this season

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



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