In the highest scoring Iron Bowl in more than 75 meetings between the two bitter rivals, WR Amari Cooper made his name known to the world.
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The #1 Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the #15 Auburn Tigers in one of the most record-setting Iron Bowls in the history of the rivalry.
In a high-scoring affair that featured tons of plays of 30 yards or more, Alabama dominated the first quarter by outscoring Auburn 14-6 thanks to TDs by RB T.J. Yeldon and a 17-yard strike from QB Blake Sims (his first of four) to WR Amari Cooper (his first of three). The two teams exchanged the lead throughout the second quarter, first with a TD pass from Auburn QB Nick Marshall to WR Sammie Coates to make the game 16-14 Auburn, then it changed again with another Yeldon TD run to give Alabama the 21-16 lead, but Marshall and Coates connected again for a 68-yard TD to give Auburn a 23-21 lead. After an Alabama turnover, Auburn extended their lead going into half-time with a FG to give them a 26-21 lead.
In the second half, Auburn extended their lead to 33-21 on a TD from Marshall to Quan Bray, but then Alabama took over with two long TD catches by Amari Cooper. An Auburn FG prevented the Crimson Tide from taking the lead, but that would change in the fourth quarter. Alabama pulled off three unanswered TD drives – a run by Sims, a pass from Sims to DeAndrew White and a run by Derrick Henry with only 4:37 remaining to give Alabama 55 points on the day and a permanent lead. Auburn picked up their final TD in garbage time to make the final score 55-44.
The game set records for most total points scored (99), total yards gained (1,169), most points scored by Alabama (55), and most receiving yards by one player (Cooper, 224).
With the win, Alabama will most likely retain a spot in the Top 4 of the College Football Playoffs and heads to Atlanta next week for the SEC Championship against the Missouri Tigers.