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Saturday, November 26, 2011
Halftime: Alabama 24, Auburn 7

By Edward Aschoff

AUBURN, Ala. -- It's halftime at the Iron Bowl, with Alabama leading Auburn 24-7.

Best player of the half: A lot has been made of AJ McCarron's decision-making during games, but he was nearly flawless in the first half against Auburn. The Crimson Tide came out running on the first drive and when that didn't work, McCarron was given the ball. He did exactly what the coaches asked of him, as he threw three touchdown passes to four incompletions and had 164 yards.

Stat of the half: Five of Alabama tight end Brad Smelley's six catches have gone for first downs. His other catch went for a 35-yard touchdown to make it 14-0 Alabama. He leads all players with 86 receiving yards at the half.

Best call: Nine plays into Alabama's second drive the Tide changed things up by calling a flea-flicker with Auburn hunkering down to stop Trent Richardson and the run game. Auburn went right after Richardson when he grabbed the ball on the hand off, but when he tossed it back to McCarron, Kenny Bell was well behind the coverage and McCarron hit him in stride for the 41-yard touchdown to get Alabama on the board first.