NCAAF Game Recap - Alabama at Auburn
Sat Nov 30, 2019 3:30 PM EST

TxAM
7
LSU
50
F
OHSt
56
Mich
27
F
Clem
38
SCar
3
F
UGA
52
GATec
7
F
Ala
45
Aub
48
F
Colo
15
Utah
45
F
Okla
34
OkSt
16
F
FlaSt
17
Fla
40
F
Wisc
38
Minn
17
F
Bayl
61
Kans
6
F
Rut
6
PSU
27
F
OreSt
10
Oreg
24
F
ND
45
Stan
24
F
Cin
24
Mem
34
F
Iowa
27
Neb
24
F
Boise
31
ColSt
24
F
App
48
Troy
13
F
VaTec
30
UVA
39
F
Navy
56
Hou
41
F
Ohio
52
Akr
3
F
WestMI
14
NIU
17
F
Miss
20
MisSt
21
F
Kent
34
E Mi
26
F
Toled
7
C Mi
49
F
BGSU
7
Buff
49
F
MiaOH
27
Ball
41
F
TxTch
24
Tex
49
F
Mizzu
24
Ark
14
F
WaSt
13
Wash
31
F
WVU
20
TCU
17
F
ArkSt
30
SoAl
34
F
SoFL
7
UCF
34
F
TxSt
21
CoCar
24
F
Tuls
49
ECU
24
F
NW
29
Ill
10
F
Ind
44
Purd
41
F(1OT)
FLInt
27
Marsh
30
F OT
Lou
13
KY
45
F
Wake
30
Syr
39
F OT
Wyo
6
AF
20
F
MidTN
26
W Ky
31
F
Char
38
OD
22
F
NMSt
28
Lib
49
F
UNLV
33
Nev
30
F OT
Rice
30
UTEP
16
F
UConn
17
Temp
49
F
UTSA
27
LaTec
41
F
BC
26
Pitt
19
F
MD
16
MSU
19
F
SMiss
17
FlAtl
34
F
MiaFL
17
Duke
27
F
Tul
20
SMU
37
F
UtSt
38
NM
25
F
UAB
26
NorTx
21
F
Vand
10
Tenn
28
F
GASt
10
GaSo
38
F
IASt
17
K St
27
F
UNC
41
NCSt
10
F
ULMon
30
ULLaf
31
F
BYU
3
SDSU
13
F
Ariz
14
AzSt
24
F
Cal
28
UCLA
18
F
Fres
16
SJSU
17
F
Army
31
Hawaii
52
F

Auburn 48, Alabama 45

Nov 30, 2019, 3:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

(5) Alabama (10-2)

3

28

7

7

45

(16) Auburn (9-3)

7

20

13

8

48

No. 16 Auburn upends No. 5 Alabama’s playoff hopes, 48-45
Sat Nov 30, 2019 10:05 PM

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Another wild, triumphant Iron Bowl finish turned Auburn’s field into a teeming mass of orange and blue.

A missed Alabama field goal again had much to do with it.

Shaun Shivers scored on an 11-yard run with 8:08 left to put No. 16 Auburn ahead and another failed kick wiped away the fifth-ranked Crimson Tide’s playoff hopes in a 48-45 victory for the 16th-ranked Tigers on Saturday.

Auburn (9-3, 5-3 Southeastern Conference) survived a final, marathon Crimson Tide drive when Joseph Bulovas’ 30-yard field goal attempt hit the left upright with 2:00 left.

Auburn couldn’t get a first down on JaTarvious Whitlow’s three runs while Alabama (10-2, 6-2) burned its final two time outs. But the Tide was called for illegal substitution after the Tigers lined up with the punter joining the offense, setting off confusion for the Tide and a fist-pumping celebration for coach Gus Malzahn.

“That’s the craziest game I’ve ever played in,” Shivers said.

Auburn fans stormed the field to celebrate another Iron Bowl thriller, filling it from end zone to end zone as they did in the 2013 Kick-Six game, when the Tigers’ Chris Davis returned a missed Tide field goal 109 yards for a game-winning touchdown. Davis led pre-game cheers on the field Saturday.

“When we play at home and we play them, we get to the fourth quarter, we find a way to win - 2013, 2017,” Malzahn said. “It kind of held true to the script tonight and our crowd has a lot to do with that. Our guys believed and our crowd willed us.”

The Tide had made the first five College Football Playoffs fields, but its case was damaged with a 46-41 loss to No. 1 LSU. The team’s in-state rival delivered the final blow.

Alabama coach Nick Saban deflected questions about the playoffs.

“I think the lesson to be learned is how important it is to be accountable,” Saban said. “When you play against good teams, that’s when these things bite you.”

He wasn’t pleased with the call for having 12 players on the field at the end, though.

“I really feel that it was a pretty unfair play at the end of the game where they substituted the punter as a wide receiver,” Saban said. “So we put the punt team in. And when the quarterback was back in there, we tried to put the defense back in. I thought they should have given us a little more time to substitute and get (Jaylen) Waddle out as a returner.”

Alabama worked more than six minutes off the clock before settling for Bulovas’ attempt, the latest costly kicking mishap for Saban and the Tide.

Quarterback Mac Jones, who had replaced injured star Tua Tagovailoa, scrambled for 18 yards on fourth-and-7 to get the Tide into easier field goal range. The drive stalled at the 13 when Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown batted a third-down pass back to Jones, who threw a pair of pick-sixes.

Auburn backup linebacker Zakoby McClain returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown midway through the third quarter when the ball bounced off the back of tailback Najee Harris and into McClain’s arms, setting up a sprint down the sideline. Smoke Monday returned another one 29 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter.

“It’s my fault,” Jones said. “And those two turnovers ended up being pretty big, so that’s on me.”

Waddle caught three touchdown passes and scored on a 98-yard kickoff return for the Tide, helping Alabama build a 45-40 fourth-quarter lead.

The 5-foot-7, 179-pound Shivers, who was playing the role of injured wide receiver Anthony Schwartz, delivered on his only carry. Whitlow took the direct snap and handed it to him. Shivers smashed into Xavier McKinney, knocking the safety’s helmet off on the way to the end zone. Bo Nix’s two-point pass to Shedrick Jackson made it 48-45.

“That was just pound and ground football,” Shivers said. “That’s all I knew growing up. I don’t fear anybody. I just had to make it happen. I knew that could have sealed the game because I knew our defense was going to hold on.”

Nix, a freshman who attended the 2013 game as a fan, passed and ran for a touchdown. The two-time high school state champion whose father was an Auburn quarterback clutched the game ball during interviews.

“That makes it my three state championships, I guess,” he said.

Alabama led 31-27 at halftime after the teams combined for 17 points over the final 1:06. Anders Carlson booted a 52-yard field goal after replay officials put one second back on the clock, three points that wound up being pivotal. Carlson made four field goals of 43 yards or more after some late-season struggles.

Jones finished 26-of-39 passing for 335 yards and four touchdowns. Najee Harris ran 27 times for 146 yards and a TD.

THE TAKEAWAY

Alabama: Came in needing some help to make the playoffs, but wound up losing multiple regular-season games for the first time since 2010.

Auburn: The defense was uncharacteristically vulnerable but also delivered big plays. Whitlow ran for 115 yards. A huge win for a team that had fallen short against other top teams.

TEMPER TEMPER

Emotions flared up a couple of times in the third quarter. Whitlow and Alabama were flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct for one altercation. Then Auburn receiver Seth Williams, who is from outside Tuscaloosa, was flagged for a push to linebacker Terrell Lewis’s head after tangling up with Trevon Diggs. That last one helped force Auburn to settle for the field goal.

UP NEXT

Alabama awaits its bowl invitation with no title shot.

Auburn awaits a possibly better bowl destination than it expected coming into the game.

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Passing

Ala Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
M. Jones 39 26 66.7 4 335 58 2 106.3
Aub Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
B. Nix 30 15 50.0 1 173 37 0 78.9

Rushing

Ala Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
N. Harris 27 146 5.4 23 1
M. Jones 8 32 4.0 18 0
Aub Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Whitlow 16 114 7.1 36 0
B. Nix 6 44 7.3 15 1

Receiving

Ala Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
H. Ruggs III 6 99 16.5 33 1
J. Waddle 4 98 24.5 58 3
Aub Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
S. Williams 3 66 22.0 37 0
E. Stove 4 31 7.8 14 0

Fumbles

Aub F FL
J. Whitlow 1 1
A. Schwartz 1 0

Returning

Ala KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Waddle 3 44.0 1 98 0 - 0 0
T. Diggs 3 15.0 0 24 0 - 0 0
Aub KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
C. Tutt 0 - 0 0 2 23.5 0 37
S. Shivers 2 12.0 0 22 0 - 0 0

Punting

Ala Punt Yds Avg LgPu
T. Perine 3 135 45.0 47
Aub Punt Yds Avg LgPu
A. Siposs 2 98 49.0 52

Takeaways

Ala Int Yds InTD
C. Harris 0 0 0
Aub Int Yds InTD
S. Monday 1 29 1
Z. McClain 1 100 1

Team Stats Comparison

Ala Aub
Points For 45 48
Total Yards 515 354
Rushing Yards 180 181
Passing Yards 335 173
Passing Completions / Attempts 26/39 15/31
Turnovers 2 1
Interceptions Thrown 2 0
Fumbles - Lost 1/0 3/1
First Downs 28 23
Penalties - Yards 13/96 9/60
Time Of Possession 52:52 8:08
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 6/14 5/13
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 2/2 0/0
Punts - Average Yards 3/45 3/47

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Ala Aub
Ala 6:33 FG Joseph Bulovas 43 yd FG 3 0
Aub 12:53 TD Bo Nix 7 yd run (Anders Carlson kick) 3 7
2nd Quarter Ala Aub
Ala 4:44 TD Najee Harris 6 yd run (Joseph Bulovas kick) 10 7
Aub 7:56 FG Anders Carlson 43 yd FG 10 10
Aub 9:24 TD Smoke Monday 29 yd interception return (Anders Carlson kick) 10 17
Ala 9:38 TD Jaylen Waddle 98 yd kick return (Joseph Bulovas kick) 17 17
Ala 10:48 TD Henry Ruggs III 3 yd pass from Mac Jones (Joseph Bulovas kick) 24 17
Aub 13:54 TD Sal Cannella 14 yd pass from Bo Nix (Anders Carlson kick) 24 24
Ala 14:27 TD Jaylen Waddle 58 yd pass from Mac Jones (Joseph Bulovas kick) 31 24
Aub 15:00 FG Anders Carlson 52 yd FG 31 27
3rd Quarter Ala Aub
Aub 3:11 FG Anders Carlson 43 yd FG 31 30
Aub 8:29 TD Zakoby McClain 100 yd interception return (Anders Carlson kick) 31 37
Ala 10:03 TD Jaylen Waddle 12 yd pass from Mac Jones (Joseph Bulovas kick) 38 37
Aub 14:11 FG Anders Carlson 44 yd FG 38 40
4th Quarter Ala Aub
Ala 1:16 TD Jaylen Waddle 28 yd pass from Mac Jones (Joseph Bulovas kick) 45 40
Aub 6:52 TD Shaun Shivers 11 yd run (Shedrick Jackson 2pt pass from Bo Nix) 45 48

Game Information

Stadium: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, Alabama
Attendance: 87,451
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