Keeping Score

Eight Iron Bowl Moments Every
Bama Fan Should Cherish

These pivotal snaps will live forever in the annals of the Alabama-Auburn rivalry
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Greg McElroy led a masterful drive to rally Alabama to a victory over Auburn in 2009.

The Alabama-Auburn rivalry lives as much in the memory of the fans as it does in the forceful collision of the here and now.

Some pivotal plays will endure as long as the memories, and indeed, many electric moments have been passed down from one generation to the next, creating a shared history that burrows deep into the culture.

How could we ever forget The Run in the Mud or The Kick?

Join us as we spotlight Eight Iron Bowl Moments Every Bama Fan Should Cherish…

1964—Alabama 21, Auburn 14
The first nationally televised Iron Bowl turned on a powerful defensive stand by No. 2-ranked Alabama. On the 11th snap of a 15-play, 79-yard drive near the end of the third quarter, Auburn star Tucker Frederickson raced for a first down, reaching the Bama 5. Underdog Auburn suddenly could smell the upset. But then Alabama’s defense closed the door. Clinging to a 14-7 lead, and with the national championship hanging in the balance, the Crimson Tide held on four straight runs, turning Frederickson away on fourth down from the one. Two days later, Bama jumped to No. 1 in the final AP and UPI polls.

1967—Alabama 7, Auburn 3
On the wettest, sloppiest day in the history of the series, Alabama managed just 4 first downs and 176 total yards. But one marvelous play by quarterback Kenny Stabler was the difference: The Run in the Mud. With Auburn leading 3-0 in the third quarter, Snake gathered the snap, found a seam, and somehow kept his footing in the treacherous, water-soaked grass while being chased by every defender on the field. His 47-yard touchdown became the stuff of legend.


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