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The Iron Bowl in Words and Pictures

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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.

The Iron Bowl has a special place in college football lore. Mention Punt Bama Punt or the Kick Six to any fan in the state of Alabama and prepare for a smile. The game has featured all-time great coaches and Heisman winners.

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 is a small sample of what can be found inside this free digital edition.

The Iron Bowl in Words and Pictures

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.

The Iron Bowl has a special place in college football lore. Mention Punt Bama Punt or the Kick Six to any fan in the state of Alabama and prepare for a smile. The game has featured all-time great coaches and Heisman winners.

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 is a small sample of what can be found inside this free digital edition.

Bear Bryant

"I rather beat that cow college than beat Texas 10 times."

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Nick Saban

“We have an opponent in this state that we work every day, 365 days a year, to dominate.”

Steve Sloan, 1965

Sloan filled in for the injured Joe Namath for parts of the 1964 season and was the full-time starter in 1965 as a senior. One of his shining moments came in the ’65 Iron Bowl, when he completed 13-of-18 passes for 226 yards and three touchdowns in Alabama’s 30–3 win over the Tigers. This convincing Crimson Tide victory came in the midst of a dominating stretch by Bear Bryant’s program, which won nine of 10 over Auburn from 1959-68 by an average score of 21–5.

Pat Sullivan, 1970

“He does more things to beat you than any quarterback I’ve seen,” Alabama coach Bear Bryant said after watching his team lose to Auburn quarteback Pat Sullivan for the second straight season in 1970.

Tide Rolling, 1976

The 1970s saw a period of Bama dominance, including a 38–7 win over the Tigers in 1976.

Title Town, 1978 

Quarterback Jeff Rutledge led the Tide to a 34–16 win over Auburn on the way to Alabama’s first AP national title since 1965.

By a Thread, 1979

One of the most dominant teams of the Bear Bryant era completed an unbeaten regular season with a tougher-than-expected 25–18 Iron Bowl win. 

“Bo Over the Top,” 1982

Bo Jackson jumps over the Alabama defensive line for a late touchdown. Auburn fans tore down the goal post at the south end of Legion Field to celebrate their first win in nine years over the Crimson Tide — a 23–22 thriller in Bear Bryant’s last Iron Bowl.

“Wrong Way Bo,” 1984

On fourth and goal from the 1-yard line, Bo Jackson went the wrong way on a pitch to Brent Fullwood, allowing the Tide to escape with a 17–15 win.

Final game at Legion Field, 1991 

This 13–6 Alabama win marked Auburn’s last “home” game at Birmingham’s Legion Field.

“How the Inch Stole Christmas,” 1994

With Auburn trailing by seven points to Gene Stallings’ Crimson Tide in a matchup of unbeatens, the Tigers came up short on fourth-and-inches in the final minute on a controversial spot to preserve Bama’s 21–14 win. 

Gus Malzahn, 2014

“We should have put 60 on them, and we didn’t. That was the most disappointing thing, when you have a chance to do something special and don’t, and then we gave up all those fourth-quarter points. We let them off the hook, but we’ve got them at home this year.”

—On the Tigers’ 55–44 loss to Alabama in 2014

Legends of the Iron Bowl

For more classic stories and pictures from the Iron Bowl, read the free Athlon Sports digital edition