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No. 6 Auburn tops No. 1 Alabama 26-14, earns SEC title shot

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Auburn fans blanketed the field from end zone to end zone just like the last time they got to celebrate a stirring Iron Bowl win.

This time, Jarrett Stidham, Kerryon Johnson and No. 6 Auburn didn't need a miraculous final play to unleash the celebration. It was a build up to the crescendo as the Tigers beat top-ranked Alabama in a dominating 26-14 win Saturday. Auburn earned a berth in next week's Southeastern Conference title game against No. 7 Georgia.

The Tigers, an afterthought earlier this season, now have their sights set on one of the four playoff spots. And Auburn coach Gus Malzahn made it clear his two-loss squad deserves a shot. One of his team's two defeats was to defending national champion Clemson, No. 3 at the time.

''We've got to win next week and that's going to be a handful,'' Malzahn said of his upcoming rematch with Georgia. ''I don't know, them experts got it figured out. I don't think anybody else has played two No. 1 teams and a No. (3) team. Put up our schedule against anybody.''

Auburn fans covered the field in orange and blue after the final play, creating a scene similar to 2013 when the fourth-ranked Tigers beat No. 1 Alabama on a last-play, 109-yard return of a missed field goal. The Tigers went on to the national title game but had lost the three Iron Bowls since. This was Auburn's biggest margin of victory in the Iron Bowl since winning 49-26 in 1969.

Stidham passed for 237 yards and ran for a fourth-quarter touchdown to set up a rematch with Georgia in the SEC championship game Dec. 2 with a playoff spot almost certainly on the line.

Auburn (10-2, 7-1 SEC, No. 6 CFP) mostly shut down the league's top scoring offense for their second win in three weeks over the top team in the playoff rankings. They won the Western Division a week after dispatching the Bulldogs with similar precision.

The Crimson Tide (11-1, 7-1) made a rare assortment of mistakes for a team that had appeared to be headed toward a shot at a fourth consecutive SEC title and playoff berth .

Alabama coach Nick Saban said his team still deserves a playoff shot after playing for the national title the past two years and scarcely getting challenged this season.

''I don't think one game defines who you are,'' Saban said. ''It certainly doesn't define this team for who they are. I'm sorry that I could not do a better job as a coach and as a leader.''

Auburn's Johnson delivered a jump pass for a touchdown and ran 30 times for 104 yards before leaving in the fourth quarter with a right shoulder injury.

Malzahn said after the game Johnson has ''a shoulder issue,'' but didn't elaborate on his status for the rematch with Georgia in Atlanta. Johnson had earlier appeared hurt on a run toward the pylon but stayed in for a 1-yard touchdown run on the next play.

The SEC's leading rusher crumpled to the ground after a carry and walked off the field holding his right arm close to his body with a towel draped over his head. Fans chanted, ''Kerryon!'' ''Kerryon!''

With No. 2 Miami losing Friday night to Pittsburgh, it's the first time the top two teams in the AP poll have fallen on the same regular-season weekend since Nov. 17, 2012.

Then, No. 1 Oregon lost to No. 14 Stanford and No. 2 Kansas State went down to Baylor.

Stidham completed 21 of 28 passes and ran for 50 yards, including a 16-yard touchdown scamper early in the fourth quarter. Ryan Davis caught 11 passes for 139 yards.

''I think we're pretty darn good,'' Stidham said. ''Coach Malzahn told us it's never been done in three weeks beating two No. 1 teams, so I think this team is pretty good.''

Alabama's Jalen Hurts passed for 177 yards and a touchdown while running 17 times for 80 yards, but neither he nor the Tide offense ever really seemed to get going.

Alabama had a devastating sequence after Auburn took the lead late in the third on Johnson's 1-yard run.

Trevon Diggs' 55-yard return set the Tide up for a potential go-ahead score, and a pass interference against Auburn helped. Hale Hentges nearly caught a tipped pass in the end zone but replay overturned the touchdown call.

Then the Tide botched a field goal attempt with a bad snap.

Alabama had two straight botched snaps on a promising drive in the fourth quarter, failing to make good on a do-over after an Auburn penalty on the second.

THE TAKEAWAY

Alabama: Didn't play with its normal poise in big games despite the return of three injured linebackers . Failed on its first six third-down attempts and finished 3 of 11 while allowing Auburn to convert on half of its 18 attempts. Tailbacks Damien Harris, Bo Scarbrough and Josh Jacobs each had only six carries.

Auburn: Continued its revival from early and midseason struggles. Held onto the ball for 36 minutes and 78 plays.

TIDE'S WAIT

Alabama players figured they could have solidified a playoff spot with one more win. Now they have to wait and hope for an invite that's far from certain.

''We're going to learn from this,'' Hurts said. ''It's humbling. The unfortunate thing about that (playoff) is it's not in our hands. You win out and you win games, you know you're in. We'll see what happens.''

UP NEXT

Alabama must hope for help to make another playoff trip while waiting to learn its bowl destination.

Auburn faces the Bulldogs in a rematch of its 40-17 win on Nov. 11.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Missed Two Point Conversion 12:49
8-J.Stidham incomplete.
plays
yds
pos
14
26
Touchdown 12:49
8-J.Stidham runs 16 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
74
yds
00:33
pos
14
26
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:02
38-D.Carlson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
20
Touchdown 3:02
21-K.Johnson runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
12
plays
69
yds
05:06
pos
14
19
Field Goal 10:17
38-D.Carlson 44 yards Field Goal is Good.
10
plays
42
yds
02:58
pos
14
13
Point After TD 13:22
12-A.Pappanastos extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
10
Touchdown 13:22
9-B.Scarbrough runs 21 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
79
yds
01:31
pos
13
10
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:05
38-D.Carlson 33 yards Field Goal is Good.
6
plays
33
yds
02:48
pos
7
10
Point After TD 8:31
12-A.Pappanastos extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 8:31
2-J.Hurts complete to 4-J.Jeudy. 4-J.Jeudy runs 36 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
60
yds
03:26
pos
6
7
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 4:38
38-D.Carlson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 4:38
21-K.Johnson complete to 3-N.Craig-Myers. 3-N.Craig-Myers runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
95
yds
04:54
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 19 25
Rushing 12 8
Passing 5 15
Penalty 2 2
3rd Down Conv 3-11 9-18
4th Down Conv 1-3 0-0
Total Net Yards 368 404
Total Plays 61 78
Avg Gain 6.0 5.2
Net Yards Rushing 208 168
Rush Attempts 36 49
Avg Rush Yards 5.8 3.4
Net Yards Passing 160 236
Comp. - Att. 14-25 22-29
Yards Per Pass 6.4 8.1
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-7 1-4
Penalties - Yards 8-60 4-40
Touchdowns 2 3
Rushing TDs 1 2
Passing TDs 1 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 2
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 2-2
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 4-46.0 5-35.8
Return Yards 99 31
Punts - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 3-99 2-31
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 2/2 4/4
Extra Points 2/2 2/2
Field Goals 0/0 2/2
Safeties 0 0
1234T
1 Alabama 11-1 077014
6 Auburn 10-2 7310626
160 PASS YDS 236
208 RUSH YDS 168
368 TOTAL YDS 404
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Hurts 2 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
54.5% 112 1 0 112.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
60.5% 1940 15 1 154.9
J. Hurts 12/22 112 1 0
J. Scott 10 P
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% -9 0 0 24.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% -9 0 0 24.4
J. Scott 1/1 -9 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Hurts 2 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
18 82 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
137 768 8
J. Hurts 18 82 0 17
D. Harris 34 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 51 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
110 906 11
D. Harris 6 51 0 31
B. Scarbrough 9 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 46 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
108 549 8
B. Scarbrough 6 46 1 21
J. Jacobs 8 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 25 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
43 276 1
J. Jacobs 6 25 0 6
R. Foster 1 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 12 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 12 0
R. Foster 1 12 0 12
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
C. Sims 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 64 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
14 258 1
C. Sims 1 64 0 64
C. Ridley 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 38 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
55 896 3
C. Ridley 3 38 0 26
J. Jeudy 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 36 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 244 2
J. Jeudy 1 36 1 36
D. Harris 34 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 20 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 66 0
D. Harris 2 20 0 12
B. Scarbrough 9 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
14 92 0
B. Scarbrough 2 6 0 4
J. Jacobs 8 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 165 2
J. Jacobs 2 6 0 6
I. Smith Jr. 82 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 122 3
I. Smith Jr. 1 3 0 3
R. Foster 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 146 1
R. Foster 1 3 0 3
H. Hentges 84 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 73 3
H. Hentges 0 0 0 0
A. Pappanastos 12 K
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 -9 0
A. Pappanastos 1 -9 0 -9
Defense T-A SACK INT
D. Moses 18 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-1 1 0.0
D. Moses 9-1 0.0 0
H. Jones 6 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 2 0.0
H. Jones 6-0 0.0 0
M. Fitzpatrick 29 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 1 0.0
M. Fitzpatrick 6-2 0.0 0
A. Jennings 33 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
A. Jennings 6-1 0.0 0
R. Harrison 15 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 3 0.0
R. Harrison 6-1 0.0 0
R. Evans 32 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
R. Evans 5-3 0.0 0
R. Davis 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
R. Davis 4-1 0.0 0
D. Hand 9 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 1.0
D. Hand 4-1 1.0 0
L. Wallace 39 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 3 0.0
L. Wallace 4-0 0.0 0
A. Averett 28 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
A. Averett 3-0 0.0 0
D. Payne 94 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
D. Payne 2-1 0.0 0
Q. Williams 92 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
Q. Williams 2-1 0.0 0
I. Buggs 49 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
I. Buggs 1-1 0.0 0
J. Frazier 69 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Frazier 1-0 0.0 0
M. Wilson 30 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 3 0.0
M. Wilson 1-0 0.0 0
H. Ruggs 11 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
H. Ruggs 1-0 0.0 0
T. Brown 2 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
T. Brown 0-2 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
A. Pappanastos 12 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 2/2
SEASON FG XP
15/19 51/51
A. Pappanastos 0/0 0 2/2 2
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Scott 10 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 46.0 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
42 43.4 1
J. Scott 4 46.0 1 64
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Jacobs 8 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 22.0 23 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 22.0 23 0
J. Jacobs 2 22.0 23 0
T. Diggs 7 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 55.0 55 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 37.0 55 0
T. Diggs 1 55.0 55 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Stidham 8 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
75% 237 0 0 146.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
68.5% 2682 16 4 160.0
J. Stidham 21/28 237 0 0
K. Johnson 21 RB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 3 1 0 455.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 3 1 0 455.2
K. Johnson 1/1 3 1 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
K. Johnson 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
30 104 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
250 1276 17
K. Johnson 30 104 1 15
J. Stidham 8 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 51 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
82 153 4
J. Stidham 12 51 1 16
K. Martin 9 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
64 409 2
K. Martin 4 9 0 11
E. Stove 12 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
24 273 1
E. Stove 2 8 0 7
M. Willis 14 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
16 221 1
M. Willis 1 -4 0 -4
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
R. Davis 23 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
11 139 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
69 703 5
R. Davis 11 139 0 25
N. Craig-Myers 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 28 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 225 2
N. Craig-Myers 2 28 1 25
D. Slayton 81 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 27 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
22 560 5
D. Slayton 3 27 0 23
K. Johnson 21 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 21 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
21 187 2
K. Johnson 3 21 0 11
W. Hastings 33 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 20 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
20 408 3
W. Hastings 1 20 0 20
J. Harris 85 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 5 0
J. Harris 1 5 0 5
C. Cox 27 FB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 34 0
C. Cox 0 0 0 0
E. Stove 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
27 238 0
E. Stove 1 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
T. Matthews 28 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 1 0.0
T. Matthews 6-1 0.0 0
N. Coe 91 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 1.0
N. Coe 5-0 1.0 0
S. Roberts 14 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
S. Roberts 5-1 0.0 0
D. Russell 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
D. Russell 4-0 0.0 0
A. Williams 79 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
A. Williams 4-0 0.0 0
D. Davis 57 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
D. Davis 4-3 0.0 0
T. Williams 30 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
T. Williams 2-3 0.0 0
C. Davis 6 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 1 0.0
C. Davis 2-1 0.0 0
J. Dinson 20 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Dinson 2-0 0.0 0
M. Davidson 3 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
M. Davidson 2-1 0.0 0
J. Davis 13 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 2 0.0
J. Davis 1-2 0.0 0
D. Brown 5 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Brown 1-0 0.0 0
J. Dean 12 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
J. Dean 1-1 0.0 0
C. Dunn 50 OL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Dunn 1-0 0.0 0
J. Holland 4 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
J. Holland 1-1 0.0 0
D. Thomas 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
D. Thomas 1-0 0.0 0
D. Williams 49 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Williams 1-0 0.0 0
T. Moultry 55 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
T. Moultry 1-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
D. Carlson 38 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 2/2
SEASON FG XP
21/27 53/53
D. Carlson 2/2 44 2/2 8
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
A. Marshall 41 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 35.8 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
32 39.2 3
A. Marshall 5 35.8 3 42
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
N. Igbinoghene 4 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 15.5 21 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
17 22.2 21 0
N. Igbinoghene 2 15.5 21 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:24 BAMA 14 2:39 7 38 Punt
4:38 BAMA 25 1:49 6 19 Fumble
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 BAMA 9 1:15 4 5 Punt
11:57 BAMA 40 3:26 7 60 TD
4:27 BAMA 2 1:27 3 6 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:53 BAMA 21 1:31 5 79 TD
10:06 BAMA 23 1:51 3 9 Punt
2:50 AUBURN 39 1:49 9 27 Downs
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:49 BAMA 25 3:30 11 47 Downs
5:33 BAMA 16 2:50 12 42 Downs
0:08 BAMA 32 0:00 1 64 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 AUBURN 25 2:27 5 20 Punt
9:32 AUBURN 6 4:54 12 95 TD
2:43 BAMA 44 2:39 8 35 Fumble
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:38 AUBURN 22 1:34 4 -5 Punt
8:28 AUBURN 23 3:49 8 33 Punt
2:53 BAMA 49 2:48 6 33 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:15 AUBURN 21 2:58 10 52 FG
8:08 AUBURN 31 5:06 12 69 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:53 AUBURN 26 0:33 7 74 TD
9:03 AUBURN 31 3:23 7 19 Punt
2:29 AUBURN 46 2:15 3 -2 Punt