Alabama vs.Auburn

 
  Date: 11/22/2003  
  Score: 23-28  
  Alabama vs. Auburn

Despite only 13 total first downs and 291 yards of total offense the Alabama Crimson Tide was able to keep the game close against arch rival Auburn but the Tigers managed to pull it out at home 28-23 for its second consecutive victory over the Tide. Auburn recorded a total of 519 yards of total offense in the game. The tone was set early when Auburn scored on the first play from scrimmage on an 80 yard run. Alabamas defense did come up big later in the first quarter with a safety but an 64 yard pass for a touchdown and an Auburn field goal made it 18-2 after the first quarter and with a scoreless second that was the score at halftime. Alabama did not quit however when Brandon Brooks took the second halfs opening kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown. It marked the first time Alabama returned a kickoff for a touchdown since Shawn Alexander accomplished the feat in 1999. Five minutes later Shaud Williams brought the score to within 2 with a 6-yard touchdown run. Auburn came storming back adding the next 10 points of the game on a field goal and a Carnell Williams 1 yard touchdown run over the middle of the line. With just 1 minute remaining in the game Alabama scored another touchdown; a 14-yard pass from Brodie Croyle that was bobbled by Triandos Luke and eventually caught by Lance Taylor in the back of the end zone. Alabama attempted the onside kick which was recovered by Thurman Ward but the ball was ruled to have touched an Alabama player about 9.5 yards from where it was kicked (the ball must be kicked 10 yards before the kicking team may touch it) and thus Auburn retained possession and ran out the clock. The Crimson Tide finished the season 4-9 for head coach Mike Shula in his first season at the Capstone.