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Question of the Day
Auburn hasn’t scored an offensive touchdown in the last two meetings since Cam Newton & Co. completed the rivalry’s largest comeback in the Tigers’ last visit to Bryant-Denny Stadium two years ago. This one supplied another milestone of sorts.
It’s the first time Alabama has scored 40-plus points in two straight Iron Bowls, following last season’s 42-14 win when Auburn managed to score on a kick return and fumble recovery.
The 42-0 halftime score was the same as the Tide had last week against FCS team Western Carolina, which finished 1-10. The previous largest halftime margin in the Iron Bowl was 34-0 by Auburn in 1957 in a 40-0 win during its only national title run before 2010.
“We had that sick feeling in our mouth,” offensive lineman Chad Slade said. “You know, you hate to feel that way. I lost it last year, and I lose it this year. It’s hard, it’s real hard just to speak on it. Next year has to be a different story.”
McCarron completed 15 of 21 passes for 216 yards in 2-1/2 quarters, including a pair of touchdowns apiece to Amari Cooper and Kevin Norwood.
Auburn freshman Jonathan Wallace completed 5 of 14 passes with two interceptions against the nation’s top scoring defense. He’s only the third freshman quarterback to start an Iron Bowl for the Tigers and first since Gabe Gross in 1998.
Wallace voiced his support for Chizik.
“He should be back. I definitely love coach Chizik and the whole coaching staff,” he said. “They know exactly where this program needs to go, and they know what to do. I hope they are back next year. I really have no doubt. I really do believe they will be.”
Tre Mason ran 21 times for 82 yards for Auburn, topping 1,000 for the season on the game’s final play.
The Tide produced an array of big plays running and passing. McCarron and Cooper — who had five catches for 109 yards — connected for touchdowns of 37 and 29 yards. Norwood scored on a 7-yarder and a 38-yarder that completed the scoring with 24 minutes left.
Alabama produced touchdowns on its first seven possessions until a fumble deep in Auburn territory ended that streak.
The Tide also converted its first 11 third-down tries.
Auburn only pushed the ball across midfield only twice, making it as far as the Tide’s 41 in the first quarter before punting. The Tigers have been outscored by 129 points in their last three SEC games, all against Top 10 SEC opponents: Texas A&M, Georgia and Alabama.
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