College football has hundreds of annual grudge matches, dozens of trophy games and a handful of rivalries that every year, regardless of record, that are mandatory viewing for fans across the country.
And yet none of them are the Iron Bowl.
In celebration of this year’s Alabama-Auburn game, one of the greatest rivalries in all of sports, Athlon Sports has released an exclusive digital edition that chronicles the greatest games and players in the history of the rivalry.
Here’s a taste of what you can find in the digital edition, including this run down of the greatest games in Auburn-Alabama history.
Punt Bama Punt
Auburn 17, Alabama 16
Dec. 2, 1972
In a game that did more than any other to put the Alabama-Auburn rivalry into the national consciousness, the Tigers’ shocking 17–16 win over the unbeaten, No. 2-ranked Crimson Tide featured the unlikeliest case of déjà vu in college football history. A lackluster contest for three quarters, the 1972 edition of the Iron Bowl entered the pantheon of greatest games ever played thanks to the dynamic special-teams duo of Bill Newton and David Langner, who pulled one rabbit out of a hat and then, miraculously, followed it with another. [READ MORE]
Alabama 25, Auburn 23
Nov. 30, 1985
“It was one of the greatest games I’ve ever been associated with,” Alabama coach Ray Perkins said after the wild finishing sequence. “All year long, I’ve said this group of men has been special to work with. I’m just honored to be a part of this team and this game.” [READ MORE]
Alabama 26, Auburn 21
Nov. 27, 2009
The season-saving march culminated with an unlikely hero — a little-used running back who hadn’t caught a TD pass in his career. Coming out of a timeout, Greg McElroy found Roy Upchurch with a 4-yard TD toss with 1:24 left to cap a march that consumed more than seven minutes. Auburn fought its way to the Alabama 37, but a final-play Hail Mary was batted down by Rolando McClain. [READ MORE]
Auburn 28, Alabama 27
Nov. 26, 2010
The year after Auburn nearly pulled a championship-spoiling upset of Alabama, the tables were turned for another classic renewal of the rivalry. Auburn was the unbeaten team with an eye on a national championship and had a Heisman Trophy winner of its own in one-year wonder Cam Newton. The Tide, who entered the season as the nation’s top-ranked team and defending national champions, had suffered a couple of uncharacteristic losses and were ranked No. 11. They also found themselves in the unfamiliar posture of underdogs against their rivals from the Plains. [READ MORE]
The Kick Six
Auburn 34, Alabama 28
Nov. 30, 2013
The Tide lined up for what they hoped would be a game-winning 57-yard field goal from Adam Griffith. Here’s how Auburn broadcasters Rod Bramblett and Stan White called the final play:
“Chris Davis is going to drop back into the end zone in single safety. Well, I guess if this thing comes up short he can field it and run it out. Alright, here we go. 56-yarder, it’s got—no, it does not have the leg. And Chris Davis takes it in the back of the end zone. He’ll run it out to the 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 45.
“Chris Davis just ran it 109 yards and Auburn is going to the championship game!” [READ MORE]
Alabama 55, Auburn 44
Nov. 29, 2014
The highest-scoring game in Iron Bowl history produced an offensive outburst that must have had Bear Bryant turning over in his grave — though even he would have to be pleased that it came at the expense of that hated “cow college” to the east. Alabama came into the game ranked No. 1 in the nation, yet again with a single blemish on the ledger — a loss to Ole Miss — while Auburn was 8–3 and ranked No. 15 in the nation. The Tigers’ leaky defense had been its undoing in losses to Mississippi State, Texas A&M and Georgia, and it would be its Achilles heel on this afternoon in Bryant-Denny Stadium. But the explosive Tigers offense sure kept things interesting. [READ MORE]