Thursday, January 6, 2011

2010 Lookback-The Iron Bowl

Going In...It was the Iron Bowl with a BCS Championship birth on the line. Do we really need to know anything else?

What Happened...Bama jumped out all over Auburn. Down 24-0 early in the second quarter, Auburn actually woke from its slumber and got to wrok. Slowly chiping away, Auburn cut the lead to 10 points on the second play of the second half. Bama's offense then imploded, and Auburn finally took the lead early in the 4th on a Lutz TD catch, and "the Lutzie" was born.

T'bell KO'd Greg McElroy on Bama's next to lastlast drive, Auburn forced an 8 yard punt, then milked the clock down to 1 minute with a huge fourth down conversion. Bama got the ball back, went 4 and out, and Auburn shocked the Mullett Nation with a comeback for the ages.

What did it mean? Short term, Auburn was the SEC West Champs, and we all enjoy the 365 day braggin rights, but It will be interesting to see what the long term effects are of this game. Auburn has so many times hit Alabama with daggers, but this one may linger. If nothing else, it knocked the mystique right off of the Tide, and levelled the playing field, at least in the near future.

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