(1) Alabama - 14, (6) Auburn - 26
November 18, 2017
AUBURN, Ala. – The top-ranked University of Alabama football team fell to
No. 6 Auburn, 26-14, Saturday night at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Alabama linebacker Dylan Moses (18) tackles Auburn running
back Kerryon Johnson (21) during the second half of the Iron
Bowl Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, at Jordan-Hare Stadium in
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The Crimson Tide (11-1, 7-1 SEC) fell for the first time this season to the
Tigers (10-2, 7-1 SEC) in the 82nd Iron Bowl.
Sophomore quarterback Jalen Hurts finished the game going 13-of-23 for 177
yards and a score, while leading the Tide in rushing with 80 yards on 17
On the defensive side of the ball, freshman linebacker Dylan Moses ended the
game with a team-high 10 tackles, while senior linebacker Rashaan Evans had
nine tackles, one for a loss, and one quarterback hurry.
The two teams traded punts to open up the game before Auburn got on the board
after driving 94 yards in 12 plays, finishing with a three-yard jump pass to
put the Tigers up 7-0 with 4:38 remaining in the opening quarter.
Following an Alabama fumble on its own end of the field, Auburn took over at
the UA 44-yard line. The Tigers proceeded to drive down to the Tide's
four-yard line, before a low snap on third-and-goal could not be corralled
by quarterback Jarrett Stidham, and was recovered by junior defensive lineman
Da'Ron Payne to end the first quarter.
After the Auburn fumble, both teams were forced to punt before the Crimson
Tide got the ball back at its own 39-yard line. Six plays into the UA drive,
Hurts converted a crucial fourth-and-one with a three-yard run from the
Auburn 39-yard line to keep the offense on the field and improve the Tide
to 13-of-13 on fourth down conversions this season.
On the next play from scrimmage, Hurts found freshman wide receiver Jerry
Jeudy who came down with the football in the end zone for a career-long
36-yard touchdown reception. With the touchdown pass, Hurts moved his career
touchdown responsibility total up to 59, moving the sophomore into sole
possession of second place on the UA career touchdown responsibility list.
Following senior place kicker Andy Pappanastos' point after attempt, the
game was tied 7-7 with 8:31 left in the first half.
Both teams punted before AU took over at the UA 49-yard line with 2:53
remaining in the half. Auburn drove down to the UA 16-yard line in seven
plays before converting a 33-yard field goal as time expired in the first
half to take the 10-7 advantage.
Alabama responded to start the second half by gaining 79 yards on five plays,
capped off by junior running back Bo Scarbrough flying down the left side
and into the end zone for the 21-yard score. Following the Pappanastos kick,
the Tide was back on top 14-10 with 13:22 left in the third quarter.
The Auburn offense answered with a nine play 52-yard scoring drive that ended
with a 44-yard field goal splitting the uprights, to cut the Alabama lead to
14-13 with 10:12 remaining in the third quarter.
After a Crimson Tide punt, the Tigers scored for the second-straight time,
putting together a 12 play 69-yard drive that was finished off by a one-yard
touchdown run to give Auburn a 20-14 advantage with 3:02 left in the third
Following the AU touchdown, freshman Trevon Diggs gave UA great field
position by returning the ensuing kickoff 55 yards to the Auburn 39-yard
line. Five plays later, Alabama could not capitalize after senior punter
JK Scott bobbled the snap on the field goal attempt, giving the ball back to
the Tigers with 53 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Auburn scored for the fourth-consecutive drive, on a 16-yard touchdown run
to finish off the seven play 74-yard scoring drive. The Tigers' two-point
conversion failed, keeping the score at 26-14 with 12:49 left in the game.
On the next Alabama drive, the Tide drove into Auburn territory before
turning the ball over on a fourth-and-three from the AU 33-yard line.
The Alabama defense came up with a stop to give the ball back to the offense
with 5:33 remaining in the game, and turned the ball over on downs for the
Alabama will discover where they will play next on Dec. 3 when the College
Football Playoff committee announces Playoff Semifinal matchups and New
Year's bowl pairings.
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