Friday, November 27, 2009
Halftime analysis: Alabama 14, Auburn 14
By Chris Low
AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn built an early 14-0 lead, but No. 2 Alabama came charging back to forge a 14-14 tie Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Here’s a quick halftime analysis:
Turning point: Having done nothing offensively on its first two possessions and falling behind 14-0, Alabama drove 58 yards for a touchdown, finally taking advantage of good field position when Auburn punted the ball out of bounds away from Javier Arenas. The Crimson Tide leaned heavily on freshman Trent Richardson in the drive, and he scored the touchdown from 2 yards out.
Stat of the half: After taking an early 14-0 lead, helped in part by a recovered onsides kick, Auburn had minus-1 yard and no first downs on its next three offensive possessions.
Best call: On a third-and-9 play in the second quarter, Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy found tight end Colin Peek wide open over the middle for a 33-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 14-14. McElroy stood in on the play and delivered the throw despite taking a hit.