Iron Bowl: The Five Greatest Auburn Football Wins Over Alabama (With Video)

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Aug 31, 2013; Auburn, AL, USA; A general view of Tiger Walk prior to the game between Washington State Cougars and Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

1989: “The First Ever”

The series began in 1893 and had been played in Birmingham only since 1904. That meant the Tigers had never met their hated in-state rivals on their home turf in more than a century’s worth of games (though the two programs did not play from 1908-1947). On December 2, 1989, Auburn hosted the Iron Bowl for the very first time.

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  • Alabama came in undefeated and ranked second in the nation. Auburn football coach Pat Dye had done a terrific job turning the Tigers around and held an 82-22-3 record as the program’s head coach. He had also led Auburn to three straight Iron Bowl wins, which hadn’t happened since the Tigers beat Bama five times from 1954 to 1958, and had won five of the last eight against the Crimson Tide.

    Following the largest and loudest Tiger Walk of all time, with an estimated 20,000 fans on hand for the weekly event, Auburn won decisively. Despite trailing 10-7 at halftime, the Tigers scored 20 consecutive points in the second half to take a 27-10 fourth quarter lead.

    The 30-20 victory capped a stretch of four straight wins over Alabama and three consecutive SEC titles for the Tigers. It also led to a shift in the series. Alabama leads 42-35-1 all-time, but the Tigers hold a 13-12 edge since the games moved to campus.

    Video posted by Jeff Shearer:

    "20 years after the historic “First Ever” Iron Bowl at Jordan-Hare Stadium, Jeff Shearer visited with the players and coaches who were there in 1989."

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