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Saturday, November 26, 2011
Auburn's defense steps up for score

By Edward Aschoff

AUBURN, Ala. -- Everything was going right for Alabama in the first quarter until a beautiful pooch punt by Auburn quarterback Clint Moseley.

The Tigers had been going nowhere fast, but Moseley's kick on fourth down was downed inside the 10 and on the first next play Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron fumbled after being sacked by Corey Lemonier. Auburn defensive tackle Kenneth Carter recovered to make it 14-7.

Alabama's pass-first approach worked very well until then, as both of the Crimson Tide's touchdowns came off of McCarron passes. The Tide didn't get much from the running game during the first drive, so they let McCarron's arm do the work.

But this is the Iron Bowl, and weird things can happen. Auburn has a little bit of the momentum after the first quarter, but the offense has to get something going. Auburn's defense can't score all of its points today.