After the 2013 Iron Bowl stunner between the University of Alabama Crimson Tide and Auburn Tigers, which ended with a missed field goal by the Crimson Tide leading to a end-zone to end-zone touchdown return by Chris Johnson to win it for Auburn. The 2014 Iron Bowl, considered the game of the year in college football did not disappoint.
The historic rivalry was another classic SEC (SouthEast Conference) shootout as expected. Even with Alabama ranked 4th in the nation and Auburn being 15th, the Tigers gave it their all and understood the meaning of the game. Auburn came out firing taking an early lead, stunning the ‘Bama faithful early. Alabama quarterback Blake Sims had a rough outing in the first half due to Auburn’s defense, intercepting Sims three times. Auburn led going into halftime 33-21.
After considering benching Blake Sims, the Crimson Tide came out of the locker room with an extra boost in their step. Alabama went on a 34-3 run to close the game defeating their rivals 55-36. Sims turned his game around in the second half going 10-12 for 182 yards and three touchdowns. The Crimson Tide offensive weapons were too much for the Tigers defense. Wide receiver Amari Cooper, and running back TJ Yeldon had a big game backing up their quarterback. Cooper had an astounding 224 receiving yards accompanied with three touchdowns. Yeldon accompanied Cooper with 127 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Although this game would not have affected Auburns hope at the National Championship game with the new playoff structure, the Tigers love playing spoiler. The new playoff structure is being utilized for the first time this season where the top 4 teams in the nation go head to head and battle for the championship. This win for Alabama helped them jump to the top of the AP poll with the help of other teams in the top four losing this past weekend.
Nick Saban, head coach of the Crimson Tide is grateful to be in the current position his football team is currently in. Being in such a competitive conference, arguably the best conference in all of college football Saban explained, “I think we have an outstanding league and we have a lot of good teams and the fact that we play each other and end up beating each other probably hurts a little bit.” Some of the top teams come out of the SEC and having them play one another essentially knocks themselves out of competition.
Alabama will most likely be playing against Missouri in the SEC championship game, the winner of this game will most likely be representing the SEC in the national championship final four.