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Friday, November 27, 2009
Instant analysis: Alabama 26, Auburn 21

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

AUBURN, Ala. -- No. 2 Alabama survived an early 14-0 deficit to come back and beat in-state rival Auburn, 26-21, on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Here’s an instant analysis from the game:

How the game was won: After struggling on offense all game, Alabama drove 79 yards in 15 plays for Greg McElroy’s 3-yard touchdown pass to Roy Upchurch with 1:24 to play to take its first lead of the game.

Turning point: Auburn, leading by one, had a great chance to add to its lead with 10:37 left. The Tigers took over on the Alabama 44 after a punt, but couldn’t budge the Alabama defense. Rolando McClain’s sack of Chris Todd on third down punctuated the Crimson Tide’s stand, forcing a punt. Alabama scored the winning touchdown on its ensuing possession.

Stat of the game: Alabama was held to a total of 207 yards in the first three quarters, but put together a 79-yard drive to win the game.

Unsung hero: When Alabama needed a spark on its game-winning drive, the Crimson Tide turned to Julio Jones, who came up big with four clutch catches.

What it means: The Crimson Tide (12-0, 8-0) completed their second consecutive unbeaten regular season and will face Florida next Saturday in the SEC championship game for the right to play in the BCS National Championship Game.