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Friday, November 26, 2010
Auburn rallies in Iron Bowl classic


No. 2 Auburn rallies from a 24-0 deficit -- its largest of the season -- edging No. 11 Alabama 28-27 to keep its unbeaten season intact.

It's the fourth double-digit deficit Auburn has overcome this season. Auburn's largest deficit previously: 17 points to Clemson in a game Auburn won 27-24 in overtime.

It’s also Auburn’s FBS-leading fifth win this season against a team currently in the Top 25 (Alabama, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Arkansas and LSU).

On the other end, it's the Tide's first loss at Bryant-Denny Stadium since Nov. 17, 2007, ending Alabama's streak of 20 consecutive wins at home. That streak was tied for the third-longest active home winning streak in the FBS and tied for the second-longest in program history.

Cam Newton had another solid performance in a high-profile game. Against ranked teams this season, Newton has been responsible for 15 touchdowns (passing, rushing, receiving). That's 3.8 touchdowns per game.

But he was stopped on the ground at least. Newton's 1.8 yards per rush were his second-fewest this season (1 rush for minus-11 yards on October 2 against Louisiana-Monroe).

Other notes on the Iron Bowl:

• Auburn committed its lone turnover of the game on the fumbled punt return. The Tigers have gone eight straight without committing more than one turnover.

• Prior to Friday, Alabama was 6-0 against top-10 teams over the last two seasons.

• Greg McElroy left early, but not before throwing for 377 yards, fourth-most in a single game in Alabama school history.

• Alabama's two fumbles lost tied a season high (lost two at Duke).

• Julio Jones became the first player in the FBS this season with seven receptions and 170 receiving yards in a half.

• Emory Blake’s 36-yard TD catch for Auburn in the second quarter was Auburn's first in Tuscaloosa since 2006. The Tigers were shut out 36-0 in 2008. It snapped the Tigers streak of 6 straight quarters without a TD (or a point) at Alabama.

• Alabama had a season-high 235 yards after the catch on 19 receptions in the first half. In the second half, Alabama was held to only 18 yards after the catch on eight receptions.