The Auburn-Alabama score for the Iron Bowl 2010 stunned everyone at first. Yet the Auburn-Alabama score shocked everyone even more at the end. When the Tide jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter, pundits blew up the BCS then and there. They were preparing to ask whether Boise State or TCU would be the next No. 2, and whether a one-loss Tigers team still had a shot. But without warning, the Auburn-Alabama game completely reversed, into a 28-27 Tigers win that set a new bar for the Iron Bowl.
Things couldn’t have started any more perfect for the Tide, as Greg McElroy hit his first 12 passes. He had a career high for yards in the first half, as the Tide got a 21-0 lead before the Tigers got a first down. With Cam Newton shut down for once, it looked like a BCS buster was certain.
Yet the Auburn-Alabama score could and should have been much worse than 24-7 at the half. In fact, the Iron Bowl 2010 could have been completely over, if not for two Tide turnovers in the red zone, and one dropped pass that would have been a touchdown for sure. But instead of being up 42-7, the Tide had given the Tigers new life to cling to.
With that, Newton finally got going in the second half, getting a quick 70-yard strike to Terrell Zachery. By then, the defense had solved McElroy, and would knock out his favorite target, Julio Jones. Suddenly, the Tide couldn’t move the ball, while the Tigers were marching down the field.
Newton rushed for another touchdown, but the Tide would stretch their lead to 27-21 in the fourth. Yet finally, the Auburn-Alabama score turned for good later on, as Newton got a 7-yard touchdown throw to Philip Lutzenkirchen. The Iron Bowl 2010 had turned from BCS buster, to the defining night of the season for Newton and the Tigers.
The Tide had no more answers, as McElroy was knocked out as well with a concussion. Backup A.J. McCarron threw four incomplete passes in the final drive, securing the 28-27 Tigers shocker. The dreams of Boise State and TCU were raised up, and then dashed within hours – with Boise State to get an even bigger shocker later that night.
The early Auburn-Alabama score seemed set to finally put a mid-major in the title game, and end all fears of a Tigers championship being stripped by the NCAA later. But the Iron Bowl 2010 kept that potential nightmare alive, although Newton and the Tigers still regard this as a dream season.
Regardless of the Iron Bowl outcome, the Tigers were set to play South Carolina next week for the SEC title. Thanks to the Auburn-Alabama comeback, next week’s score could put the Tigers in the BCS title game afterwards.
Yahoo Sports- “Newton leads No. 2 Auburn to improbable 28-27 win”