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Iron Bowl
Teams Alabama Crimson Tide

Auburn Tigers
Originated February 22, 1893
Series Alabama leads 40–33–1
Largest Victory Alabama 55, Auburn 0

December 4, 1948
Highest Scoring Game Auburn 49, Alabama 26

November 29, 1969
Lowest Scoring Game Alabama 3, Auburn 0

November 26, 1960
Most Recent Game Alabama 26, Auburn 21

November 27, 2009

Alabama (40) Auburn (33)
1894 1903 1905 1906

1948 1950 1951 1952

1953 1959 1960 1961

1962 1964 1965 1966

1967 1968 1971 1973

1974 1975 1976 1977

1978 1979 1980 1981

1984 1985 1990 1991

1992 1994 1996 1998

1999 2001 2008 2009
1893 (Feb. & Nov.)

1895 1900 1901 1902

1904 1949 1954 1955

1956 1957 1958 1963

1969 1970 1972 1982

1983 1986 1987 1988

1989 1993 1995 1997

2000 2002 2003 2004

2005 2006 2007
Ties (1)
1907
The Iron Bowl is a common name for the annual college football game between the University of Alabamamarker Crimson Tide and the Auburn Universitymarker Tigers. The series is considered one of the best and most hard-fought rivalries in all of sports. As the rivalry was mainly played in Birmingham, Alabamamarker for many years, the name of the Iron Bowl comes from Birmingham's historic role in the iron and steel industry, in which its only rival was Pittsburgh, Pennsylvaniamarker.

Alabama leads the series with an overall record of 40–33–1.

The games are played at Bryant-Denny Stadiummarker in Tuscaloosamarker every even-numbered year, and at Jordan-Hare Stadiummarker in Auburnmarker every odd-numbered year. For much of the 20th century the game was played every year at Legion Fieldmarker in Birmingham. Alabama has a 32-15 record in games played at Legion Field, while Auburn has a 7-3 record in games played at Jordan-Hare Stadiummarker and a 4-1 record in games played at Bryant-Denny Stadiummarker.

In 2007, the game was pushed back to Thanksgiving weekend.

Due to a television contract between the SEC and CBS Sports, the 2009 and 2010 Iron Bowls are both scheduled to be played on the Friday after Thanksgiving. The 2009 game was be the sixth Iron Bowl to be played on a Friday and the first in 21 years.

History

Alabama and Auburn played their first football game in Lakeview Park in Birmingham, Alabamamarker, on February 22, 1893. Auburn (then named the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabamamarker) won 32–22, before an estimated crowd of 2,000. As if a signal of the future, disagreement between the schools began immediately as Alabama considered the game to be the final matchup of the 1892 season and Auburn recorded it as the first of 1893.

Tensions further built when, after both 1906 and 1907 contests, Auburn head coach Mike Donahue threatened to cancel the series if Alabama head coach "Doc" Pollard continued employing his elaborate formations and shifts. The series was indeed suspended after the 1907 game when the schools could not come to agreement over the amount of expenses to be paid players, as well as from where officials for the game should be obtained.

In 1947 the Alabama House of Representatives passed a resolution encouraging the schools to "make possible the inauguration of a full athletic program between the two schools". Ralph B. Draughon, the president of Auburn (then named the Alabama Polytechnic Institutemarker), and Alabama president John Gallalee decided during the winter and spring of 1948 to end the disagreement and renew the series. The games would be played in Birminghammarker because it had the largest stadium in the state, 44,000-seat Legion Fieldmarker, and the tickets would be split evenly between the two schools. Alabama won the first game when the series renewed 55-0, the most lopsided victory of the series.

By 1980 the series had come to be called the Iron Bowl, due to Birminghammarker's prominence as a center of iron and steel production. Throughout the 1980s, Auburn made additions to Jordan-Hare Stadiummarker, and in 1987 it eclipsed Legion Fieldmarker in size. Auburn desired to make the Iron Bowl a "home-and-home" series, and the schools reached an agreement where Auburn could play their home games for the Iron Bowl in Auburn starting in 1989 (except for the 1991 game, which was played at Legion Fieldmarker), and Alabama would have a "home" ticket allocation for games in Legion Fieldmarker. On December 2, 1989, Alabama came to Auburn's Jordan-Hare Stadiummarker for the first time in the history of the rivalry. A sellout crowd would witness Auburn win its first true "home" game of the series, 30–20 over an Alabama team that entered the game unbeaten and ranked #2 in the country.

Alabama continued to hold their home game at Legion Field. In 1998, Alabama expanded Bryant-Denny Stadiummarker to a capacity of 83,818, exceeding Legion Field by a few hundred. Alabama moved their home games in the series to Bryant-Denny Stadium in 2000. A new attendance record for the Iron Bowl was set in 2006 as the latest expansion to Bryant-Denny Stadium increased its capacity to 92,138.

Foy-ODK Sportsmanship Award

The trophy given to the winner of the game is the Foy-ODK Sportsmanship Award. It is named after James E. Foy, an Alabama graduate and former Auburn dean of students and Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society – which was established on both campuses during the 1920s. The Foy Trophy is presented at halftime of the Auburn–Alabama basketball game later in the same academic year at the winner's coliseum. After the trophy presentation, the SGA President of the losing school must recite his or her adversary's fight song.

Notable games

1964 - The Iron Bowl was first broadcast nationally on November 26, 1964. Joe Namath led Alabama to a 21–14 victory over Auburn, and Alabama would go on to win its eighth national championship.

1967 – The Run in The Mud - On a night at Legion Field where thunderstorms were so bad that the field had to be constantly cleared of raincoats and other wet weather accessories that blew in from the stands, Alabama quarterback Kenny Stabler ran for a 53 yard touchdown to give Bama a 7–3 win.

1971 - Both teams were playing for a shot at the national championship against Nebraska in the Orange Bowl. 10-0 Alabama (#4 AP) earned a 31-7 victory over Heisman trophy winner Pat Sullivan and 9-0 Auburn (AP #5).

1972 – Punt Bama Punt - Trailing 16–3 with six minutes left, underdog Auburn blocked two Alabama punts - returning both for touchdowns - to win the game 17–16, handing Alabama its first loss of the season and ending its national title hopes.

1981 – 315 - Alabama Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant got his 315th career victory, passing Amos Alonzo Stagg to become the then-all-time winningest Division I-A coach in a 28–17 win over Auburn.

1982 – Bo Over the Top - Auburn drove the field and scored with two minutes left when Bo Jackson jumped over the top of the pile on the one yard line. Auburn won the game 23–22. It ended Alabama's 9 game winning streak, the longest in the rivalry's history. It would be Coach Bear Bryant's last Iron Bowl.

1984 – Wrong Way Bo - Late in the fourth quarter on 4th and goal from the one-yard line and Auburn trailing by two points, Coach Pat Dye decided to go for the touchdown instead of a field goal. The ball went to Brent Fullwood and famous Bo Jackson was supposed to block, but he headed in the wrong direction, leaving Tide defensive back Rory Turner free to take Fullwood out of bounds, preventing the score. Alabama would hold on to win 17-15 and knocked Auburn out of the Sugar Bowl.

1985 – Van Tiffin's Kick - At their own 12-yard line and trailing 23-22 with only 37 seconds remaining, Alabama quarterback Mike Shula and the Tide offense drove to the Auburn 35-yard line to set up a 52-yard field goal by Van Tiffin, winning the game 25–23 as time expired.

1989 - In the first Iron Bowl ever played in Auburn, the #11 Tigers beat #2 and previously unbeaten Alabama 30–20.

1994 - 10-0 Alabama (#3 AP) defeated 9–0–1 Auburn (#6 AP) 21–14 in a matchup of undefeated teams, snapping Auburn's 21-game unbeaten streak.

1997 - After Auburn recovered an Ed Scissum fumble on a screen pass that would have resulted in a first down and seal an Alabama victory, Jaret Holmes nails a 39 yard field goal with 21 seconds left to lift Auburn over Alabama 18-17.

1999 - Alabama gets their first win ever at Auburn, 28–17.

2000 - The Iron Bowl returned to Tuscaloosa for the first time in 99 years. In the first Iron Bowl ever played in Bryant-Denny Stadium, Auburn clinched the SEC West title with a 9-0 shutout in Mike DuBose's final game as Alabama head coach.

2008 – The Beatdown in T-town - Alabama ends Auburn's streak of six consecutive victories with a 36-0 win. It was also Alabama's first Iron Bowl victory in Tuscaloosa, ending a six-game losing streak in Tuscaloosa and a four-game losing streak in Bryant-Denny Stadiummarker.

2009 – With 8:34 remaining in the game and having not led all day, Alabama drove 78 yards in 16 plays for a touchdown, giving the Crimson Tide their first lead of the game with only 1:24 left to play, propelling Alabama to a 26–21 victory.

Game results

Since 1893, the Crimson Tide and Tigers have played 74 times. Alabama leads the all-time series, with 40 wins to Auburn's 33, with one tie. The game has been played in four cities: Auburnmarker, Birminghammarker, Montgomerymarker, and Tuscaloosamarker. Alabama leads the series in Birmingham (34–18–1). Auburn leads the series in Tuscaloosa (6–1–0) and Auburn (7–3–0). The series is tied in Montgomery (2–2–0).

Alabama victories are shaded ██ crimson. Auburn victories shaded in ██ navy blue.

Year Alabama Auburn Location Series
1893 (Feb.) Alabama 22 Auburn 32 Birmingham AUB 0–1–0
1893 (Nov.) Alabama 16 Auburn 40 Montgomery AUB 0–2–0
1894 Alabama 18 Auburn 0 Montgomery AUB 1–2–0
1895 Alabama 0 Auburn 48 Tuscaloosa AUB 1–3–0
1900 Alabama 5 Auburn 53 Montgomery AUB 1–4–0
1901 Alabama 0 Auburn 17 Tuscaloosa AUB 1–5–0
1902 Alabama 0 Auburn 23 Birmingham AUB 1–6–0
1903 Alabama 18 Auburn 6 Birmingham AUB 2–6–0
1904 Alabama 5 Auburn 29 Birmingham AUB 2–7–0
1905 Alabama 30 Auburn 0 Birmingham AUB 3–7–0
1906 Alabama 10 Auburn 0 Birmingham AUB 4–7–0
1907 Alabama 6 Auburn 6 Birmingham AUB 4–7–1
1948 Alabama 55 Auburn 0 Birmingham AUB 5–7–1
1949 Alabama 13 Auburn 14 Birmingham AUB 5–8–1
1950 Alabama 34 Auburn 0 Birmingham AUB 6–8–1
1951 Alabama 25 Auburn 7 Birmingham AUB 7–8–1
1952 Alabama 21 Auburn 0 Birmingham - 8–8–1
1953 Alabama 10 Auburn 7 Birmingham ALA 9–8–1
1954 Alabama 0 Auburn 28 Birmingham - 9–9–1
1955 Alabama 0 Auburn 26 Birmingham AUB 9–10–1
1956 Alabama 7 Auburn 34 Birmingham AUB 9–11-1
1957 Alabama 0 Auburn 40 Birmingham AUB 9–12–1
1958 Alabama 8 Auburn 14 Birmingham AUB 9–13–1
1959 Alabama 10 Auburn 0 Birmingham AUB 10–13–1
1960 Alabama 3 Auburn 0 Birmingham AUB 11–13–1
1961 Alabama 34 Auburn 0 Birmingham AUB 12–13–1
1962 Alabama 38 Auburn 0 Birmingham - 13–13–1
1963 Alabama 8 Auburn 10 Birmingham AUB 13–14–1
1964 Alabama 21 Auburn 14 Birmingham - 14–14–1
1965 Alabama 30 Auburn 3 Birmingham ALA 15–14–1
1966 Alabama 31 Auburn 0 Birmingham ALA 16–14–1
1967 Alabama 7 Auburn 3 Birmingham ALA 17–14–1
1968 Alabama 24 Auburn 16 Birmingham ALA 18–14–1
1969 Alabama 26 Auburn 49 Birmingham ALA 18–15–1
1970 Alabama 28 Auburn 33 Birmingham ALA 18–16–1
1971 Alabama 31 Auburn 7 Birmingham ALA 19–16–1
1972 Alabama 16 Auburn 17 Birmingham ALA 19–17–1
1973 Alabama 35 Auburn 0 Birmingham ALA 20–17–1
1974 Alabama 17 Auburn 13 Birmingham ALA 21–17–1
1975 Alabama 28 Auburn 0 Birmingham ALA 22–17–1
1976 Alabama 38 Auburn 7 Birmingham ALA 23–17–1
1977 Alabama 48 Auburn 21 Birmingham ALA 24–17–1
1978 Alabama 34 Auburn 16 Birmingham ALA 25–17–1
1979 Alabama 25 Auburn 18 Birmingham ALA 26–17–1
1980 Alabama 34 Auburn 18 Birmingham ALA 27–17–1
1981 Alabama 28 Auburn 17 Birmingham ALA 28–17–1
1982 Alabama 22 Auburn 23 Birmingham ALA 28–18–1
1983 Alabama 20 Auburn 23 Birmingham ALA 28–19–1
1984 Alabama 17 Auburn 15 Birmingham ALA 29–19–1
1985 Alabama 25 Auburn 23 Birmingham ALA 30–19–1
1986 Alabama 17 Auburn 21 Birmingham ALA 30–20–1
1987 Alabama 0 Auburn 10 Birmingham ALA 30–21–1
1988 Alabama 10 Auburn 15 Birmingham ALA 30-22-1
1989 Alabama 20 Auburn 30 Auburn ALA 30–23–1
1990 Alabama 16 Auburn 7 Birmingham ALA 31–23–1
1991 Alabama 13 Auburn 6 Birmingham ALA 32–23–1
1992 Alabama 17 Auburn 0 Birmingham ALA 33–23–1
1993 Alabama 14 Auburn 22 Auburn ALA 33–24–1
1994 Alabama 21 Auburn 14 Birmingham ALA 34–24–1
1995 Alabama 27 Auburn 31 Auburn ALA 34–25–1
1996 Alabama 24 Auburn 23 Birmingham ALA 35–25-1
1997 Alabama 17 Auburn 18 Auburn ALA 35–26–1
1998 Alabama 31 Auburn 17 Birmingham ALA 36–26–1
1999 Alabama 28 Auburn 17 Auburn ALA 37–26–1
2000 Alabama 0 Auburn 9 Tuscaloosa ALA 37–27–1
2001 Alabama 31 Auburn 7 Auburn ALA 38–27–1
2002 Alabama 7 Auburn 17 Tuscaloosa ALA 38–28–1
2003 Alabama 23 Auburn 28 Auburn ALA 38–29–1
2004 Alabama 13 Auburn 21 Tuscaloosa ALA 38–30–1
2005 Alabama 18 Auburn 28 Auburn ALA 38–31–1
2006 Alabama 15 Auburn 22 Tuscaloosa ALA 38–32–1
2007 Alabama 10 Auburn 17 Auburn ALA 38–33–1
2008 Alabama 36 Auburn 0 Tuscaloosa ALA 39–33–1
2009 Alabama 26 Auburn 21 Auburn ALA 40–33–1
Alabama 1,415 Auburn 1,171


See also



References

Sources

  • Groom, Winston. The Crimson Tide - An Illustrated History. Tuscaloosa: The University of Alabama Press, 2000. ISBN 0-8173-1051-7-.


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