Rivalry Week is here, and it doesn’t get much better than the annual meeting between Alabama and Auburn in the Iron Bowl.
The Crimson Tide and Tigers meet on Saturday as the Nos. 5 and 16 teams, respectively. Alabama (10-1, 6-1 SEC) still has an outside chance at making the College Football Playoff with backup quarterback Mac Jones, but Auburn (8-3, 4-3) would love nothing better than to play spoiler in Jordan-Hare Stadium.
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Jones has been efficient in replacement of Tua Tagovailoa, who was lost to injury for the season against Mississippi State. In two starts this season, he has completed 28 of 34 passes for 510 yards and six touchdown passes. That said, he will face his biggest test to date against one of the best defenses in the country.
Auburn’s defense is led by a dominant defensive line, anchored by Derrick Brown, Marlon Davidson and Tyrone Truesdell, who have a combined 14.5 sacks and 24.5 tackles for loss. How they play — and how freshman quarterback Bo Nix plays — will go a long way in determining the outcome of Saturday’s game:
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Alabama vs. Auburn score
Alabama vs. Auburn updates, highlights
8:27 — Joseph Bulovas 43-yard field goal (3-0 Alabama)
2:07 — Bo Nix 7-yard touchdown run (7-3 Auburn)
10:16 — Najee Harris 6-yard touchdown run (10-7 Alabama)
7:04 — Anders Carlson 43-yard field goal (10-10)
5:36 — Smoke Monday 22-yard interception return for touchdown (17-10 Auburn)
5:22 — Jaylen Waddle 98-yard kickoff return for touchdown (17-17)
4:12 — Mac Jones 3-yard touchdown pass to Henry Ruggs III (24-17 Alabama)
1:06 — Bo Nix 14-yard touchdown pass to Sal Cannella (24-24)
0:33 — Mac Jones 58-yard touchdown pass to Jaylen Waddle (31-24 Alabama)
0:00 — Anders Carlson 52-yard field goal (31-27 Alabama)
Alabama vs. Auburn updates, highlights
5:54 p.m.: Alabama is called for an offsides penalty on the attempt, giving Auburn a fresh set of downs at the Alabama 31.
5:52 p.m.: Nix’s pass to Whitlow on third down went through Whitlow’s hands. Auburn will attempt a 55-yard field goal.
5:50 p.m.: Jones is flushed out of the pocket and has to throw it away on third down. Crimson Tide to punt after the three-and-out.
5:48 p.m.: Alabama will start the second half with the ball on its own 12.
Halftime: Alabama 31, Auburn 27
5:31 p.m.: Halftime stats:
5:27 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, AUBURN. The perfect end to a wild half. Anders Carlson hits the 52-yarder to cut Alabama’s into lead before halftime. The Tide will get the ball out of halftime with a 31-27 lead. Also: Nick Saban is not happy with refs after that call.
5:25 p.m.: Refs put a second back on the clock.
5:24 p.m.: A little controversy at the end of the first half. Auburn’s inside field goal range but the officials say the half ended before Auburn could get on the field to attempt a field goal. The play is under review.
5:19 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, ALABAMA. Not to be outdone, Jones hits Waddle for a 58-yard touchdown reception with just 33 seconds remaining in the half. What a half. It’s 31-24 Auburn.
5:14 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, AUBURN. Auburn kept making catch after acrobatic catch. Nix hits senior receiver Sal Cannella for a tip-toe touchdown to make it 24-all.
5:12 p.m.: And now Nix makes the big play, avoiding the rush to the left and throwing a first-down pass to receiver Will Hastings for the first down. Auburn driving at Alabama’s 11 with 1:12 remaining in the half.
5:10 p.m.: Seth Williams with an amazing one-handed, 37-yard reception to give Auburn a fresh set of downs down to Alabama’s 25. Patrick Surtain II had excellent coverage but Williams just made one of those plays.
5:04 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, ALABAMA. Jones bobbles the snap, faces Brown in the pocket and then hits Henry Ruggs III in the back of the end zone for a touchdown. It’s 24-17 Alabama.
5:02 p.m.: One play later, Jones hits DeVonta Smith for a 33-yard gain down to Auburn’s 4-yard line. Tide now face third-and-goal from the 3.
5 p.m.: Turnover, Auburn. Xavier McKinney knocks the ball loose from Whitlow’s grasp, and Christian Harris recovers deep in Auburn territory. This game is getting wild.
4:57 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, ALABAMA. And now Waddle takes the ensuing kickoff to the house to tie it back up at 17! Lots of big plays — and miscues — by both teams in this half.
4:54 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, AUBURN. Smoke Monday makes his second big play of the game with a 22-yard interception return for a touchdown! Jones overthrew an open Jerry Jeudy on the out route, and Monday capitalizes to make it 17-10 Auburn.
4:54 p.m.: Also: Derrick Brown is back in the game for Auburn.
4:52 p.m.: Alabama starts at its own 12 after a block in the back on the ensuing kickoff return.
4:49 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, AUBURN. Alabama bends but doesn’t break, forcing a field goal attempt. Anders Carlson knocks it dead-center from 43 yards to make it 10-10.
4:44 p.m.: Nix scrambles for 14 yards out to the Alabama 24. The Tide will need to keep an eye on him moving forward.
4:41 p.m.: Auburn running back JaTarvious Whitlow gets an 12-yard reception on third-and-10 out to Alabama’s 38, but is down after the tackle. Several key Auburn players are down with injuries at the moment.
4:35 p.m.: Jennings very nearly intercepts a screen from Nix, but is down after falling down. Both the Tide and Tigers potentially down a big defender.
4:34 p.m.: Auburn All-American Derrick Brown walking off the field with what looks like an injury. That could be dangerous for the Tigers if he doesn’t come back.
4:30 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, ALABAMA. Harris gets his first touchdown of the day with a leaping 6-yard touchdown run to make it 10-7 Alabama.
4:26 p.m.: Alabama Wildcat specialist gets 2 yards on fourth-and-1 from Auburn’s 35. Alabama’s drive continues.
First quarter: Auburn 7, Alabama 3
(All times Eastern)
4:20 p.m.: Another 14-yard gainer for Harris gets Alabama beyond midfield to Auburn’s 44. He also has 1,020 yards for the season with that carry.
4:18 p.m.: Alabama’s back on offense, but it’s worth noting that Auburn’s speedy receiver Anthony Schwartz is heading to the locker room with an injury.
4:13 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, AUBURN. Three plays is all it takes for Auburn to get in the end zone. Nix takes it on the keeper to make it 7-3 Auburn.
4:09 p.m.: Christian Tutt gets a 37-yard punt return to Alabama’s 32, but Alabama linebacker Anfernee Jenkins injures him on the tackle. Jenkins went low and seems to have hurt Tutt’s knee, though he walks off the field under his own power.
4:06 p.m.: On the ensuing play, Auburn safety Smoke Monday sacks Jones for a loss of 8. Three plays later, and Alabama is forced to punt.
4:05 p.m.: Mac Jones runs for a first down on third-and-10 ad runs headlong into defensive back Daniel Thomas and lineman Derrick Brown. No fear from him there.
4 p.m.: Auburn goes three-and-out on its next series, and will punt from its 31.
3:55 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, ALABAMA. Tide get points on their first drive after Auburn holds strong in their own red zone. Joseph Bulovas hits a 43-yard field goal to make it 3-0 Alabama.
3:54 p.m.: A holding call undoes what would be a 37-yard touchdown connection between Jones and Henry Ruggs III. On the next play, Harris gets a first down on a long gainer, including an acrobatic leap at the end. He’s already over 51 yards rushing for the day.
3:51 p.m.: Harris gets what looks like a 19-yard gain to get Albama out to Auburn’s 37-yard line. He’s getting some nice big gains early.
3:48 p.m.: Najee Harris gets two rushes to start the day, netting Alabama a first down. He’ll likely get lots of carries today.
3:44 p.m.: The play stands as called on the field, though it did look like a catch. Nix’s pooch punt goes into the end zone and Alabama will take over at its 20. Time to see what Mac Jones can do for Alabama.
3:43 p.m.: Auburn is a reviewed play away from another long completion by Nix. Tigers will have a fresh set of downs just outside the Alabama 20-yard line if the play is reversed.
3:40 p.m.: Auburn already across midfield with two completions of 13 and 20 yards from Bo Nix. Great start for the Tigers.
3:28 p.m.: Regardless of your affiliation in this rivalry, this is undoubtedly one of the coolest traditions in college football. We’re nearly ready for kickoff.