No. 1 Alabama Football Closes Regular Season with
52-21 Win over Auburn
November 24, 2018
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The top-ranked Alabama football
team raced past Auburn in the second half of its
regular-season finale at Bryant-Denny Stadium on
Saturday, downing the Tigers 52-21. The Crimson Tide
outscored the rival Tigers 35-7 in the second half of
play to complete a perfect 12-0 regular season,
including an 8-0 mark in Southeastern Conference play.
Henry Ruggs III
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Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa threw for 324 yards on
25-of-32 passing and accounted for a single-game
school record six touchdowns - five through the air
and one rushing. As a result of his standout passing
performance, the sophomore went from fifth to a
second-place tie on Alabama's career passing
touchdowns list at 47.
Tagovailoa's scoring strikes went to four different
receivers - sophomores Jerry Jeudy, DeVonta Smith and
Henry Ruggs - who accounted for two - along with
junior running back Josh Jacobs. Jeudy led all
wideouts with 77 yards while senior tailback Damien
Harris paced the Alabama backfield with 41 yards
Adding to the passing stats was Jalen Hurts, with the
junior finishing a perfect 1-for-1 for 53 yards and a
touchdown, finding freshman wide receiver Jaylen
Waddle for the catch and run score.
Redshirt junior linebacker Anfernee Jennings led the
Alabama defense against AU, finishing with eight
tackles, including one sack, to go with an
interception which he returned eight yards. A pair of
sophomores in linebacker Dylan Moses and lineman
LaBryan Ray tallied nine tackles apiece to lead the
defense in stops, with Ray contributing one of the
Tide's three sacks on the night.
The two sides traded punts to begin the game before
the Tide got on the scoreboard in its second
possession. Using a short field following an Auburn
penalty that placed the ball at the AU 34-yard line,
UA needed just five plays to reach the end zone after
Tagovailoa bulldozed his way in for a seven-yard score.
Following the extra point from redshirt freshmen
Joseph Bulovas, Alabama led 7-0 with 6:38 left in the
The Tigers responded on their next drive, going 73
yards in 10 plays, finishing with a nine-yard rushing
touchdown from Anthony Schwartz to tie the game 7-7
with 2:37 to go in the first quarter.
On the ensuing Crimson Tide drive, UA answered after a
big third down conversion by Tagovailoa in which he
scampered for 21 yards to the Auburn 39-yard line to
keep the drive alive. Five plays later, Tagovailoa
found Ruggs III on a screen pass from four yards out
to put Alabama ahead. Bulovas' extra point made it
14-7 with 14:15 remaining before halftime.
Later in the quarter, Alabama added to its lead when
Bulovas converted a 30-yard field goal attempt to cap
a 10-play, 57-yard drive and put the Tide up 17-7 with
8:59 left in the period.
The Tigers trimmed the Tide lead after a blocked punt
set the Tiger's up at the UA 23-yard line. Auburn used
a trick play to find the end zone when wide receiver
Ryan Davis threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Malik
Miller to make it 17-14 with 4:04 left before the half.
The Tide led 17-14 at the halftime break while
outgaining Auburn 196-123 in total yardage.
Alabama started the second half with a bang when
Tagovailoa dropped a perfect pass to Jeudy for a
46-yard score. Bulovas' point after attempt capped the
five-play, 75-yard drive and extended the lead to
24-14 with 12:57 on the third quarter clock.
The Tide struck again three minutes later after
Tagovailoa threw another touchdown, this time going
to Jacobs, who made an over-the-shoulder grab for the
33-yard touchdown reception. Bulovas' extra point was
true and Alabama led 31-14 with 9:49 to go in the
The Tigers battled back with a 52-yard pitch-and-catch
to cut the Crimson Tide advantage to 31-21 with 3:31
left in the quarter.
It took Alabama just over a minute to respond, when
Tagovailoa found Smith for his fourth passing
touchdown of the game, this time from 40 yards out.
The score finished a three-play 60-yard drive and
Bulovas' point after extended the lead to 38-21 with
2:22 remaining in the third.
The points continued to pour in during the fourth
quarter with Tagovailoa throwing a 22-yard touchdown
strike to Ruggs III who made a leaping catch to add
to the Tide's lead. Bulovas added the extra point and
the Tide held the 45-21 advantage with 14:29 left in
The next offensive play for the Tide resulted in
another touchdown after Hurts found Waddle streaking
down the middle of the field for a 53-yard score.
Bulovas' extra point pushed the lead to 52-21 with
9:29 left in the game, which proved to be the final
The Tide returns to action next Saturday, Dec. 1, for
a SEC Championship matchup against No. 5 Georgia in
Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The game is set for
a 3 p.m. CT kickoff on CBS.
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