Alabama vs.Auburn

  Date: 11/27/2009  
  Score: 26-21  
  Alabama vs. Auburn

AUBURN, Ala. – Alabama running back Roy Upchurch scored the go-ahead touchdown on a four yard pass from quarterback Greg McElroy with 1:24 remaining in the game to preserve Alabama’s perfect season and defeat rival Auburn, 26-21. With 8:37 left in regulation Alabama started what head coach Nick Saban described as one of the best drives he had seen. The 15-play, 79-yard march consumed 7:03 of game clock while giving the Crimson Tide the deciding points.

After the Tigers held Alabama to three-and-out on the Tide’s first possession, Auburn wasted no time striking first on the scoreboard when receiver Terrell Zachery scored on a 57-yard touchdown run off a reverse with 11:40 remaining in the first quarter. Auburn followed that score with a 13-play drive after recovering an onside kick. Chris Todd connected with Eric Smith for a one-yard touchdown pass to put the Tigers up 14-0.

Alabama did not make a first down until Greg McElroy found Darius Hanks for a 15-yard gain with 2:45 remaining in the first quarter. The Tide continued to move the ball, eventually scoring on Trent Richardson’s two-yard rush on the 10th play of the drive. McElroy later connected with tight end Colin Peek on a 33-yard touchdown pass with 5:31 remaining in the second quarter. Leigh Tiffin’s extra point tied the game at 14-14.

Auburn regained the lead on its second offensive possession of the second half when Todd completed a 72-yard pass to receiver Darvin Adams, putting the Tigers up 21-14 with 11:05 left in the third quarter. The Crimson Tide began its comeback when Leigh Tiffin punched through a 27-yard field goal, closing the margin to 21-17. On the ensuing Auburn possession, Alabama safety Mark Barron intercepted a Todd pass on the Auburn 41 and returned it to the 35-yard line. Alabama moved to within one point when Leigh Tiffin made his second field goal of the day, from 31 yards out, drawing the Crimson Tide within a point at 21-20.

After the Alabama defense kept the Tiger offense off the board on its next two possessions, the Tide offense took the field for what will go down as one of the best drives in Iron Bowl history. With 8:34 remaining in the fourth quarter the Alabama offense drove to within scoring range. On third-and-goal from the Auburn four, McElroy connected with Roy Upchurch on a play-action pass capping one of the most memorable of recent Alabama history.

The call for the pass ended up proving to be the right call and gave Alabama a 26-21 victory over Auburn and Alabama’s second consecutive 12-0 regular season.