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

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Jan 6, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Auburn Tigers fans cheer before the 2014 BCS National Championship game against the Florida State Seminoles at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

2010: “The Camback”

Only twice has a win over Alabama propelled the Tigers to a national championship – a 40-0 laugher in 1957 and a dramatic 28-27 “Camback” victory in 2010.

Cam Newton won the Heisman Trophy in his only season at Auburn, but he became a folk hero when he spurred a 24-point comeback in the Iron Bowl. After not scoring a touchdown in the first quarter of the rivalry game since 1996, Alabama raced out to a 21-0 lead and led 24-7 at halftime.

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It could have been worse if not for a Nick Fairley sack in the red zone, which forced a fumble that the Tigers recovered or when Antoine Carter knocked the ball loose from Mark Ingram, which resulted in a touchback for Auburn.

When the teams headed into the locker room, the Tigers felt good about their situation.

“I can remember us smirking and kind of snarling and laughing at halftime, in like a serious way,” Kodi Burns said of the mood at intermission. “We felt (Alabama) played the best half of their lives and they’ve got nothing left.”

Trailing 27-21, Newton hit Darvin Adams to convert a fourth down on the Alabama 47-yard line. Five plays later, Newton found the late Philip Lutzenkirchen for a seven-yard touchdown catch to complete the “Camback” and Lutzie danced in celebration.

Alabama’s 12-play drive ended when quarterback Greg McElroy was sacked and injured by T’Sharvan Bell at the Auburn 40-yard live. The teams traded punts, and the Crimson Tide took over at their own 19-yard line with 0:51 left in the game. Four A.J. McCarron incomplete passes later the Tigers won the Iron Bowl.

Two more wins earned them the national title.

Highlights of the 2010 Iron Bowl, Posted by Jake Richardson:

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