3 takeaways from Alabama's Iron Bowl comeback for the ages
Was that fun?
Alabama somehow came back and won a 27-24 for the ages thanks to a 31-yard touchdown pass from Jalen Milroe to Isaiah Bond.
How fitting that we got a thrilling Iron Bowl in the first year of the Hugh Freeze era. It didn’t matter that Auburn got smacked by New Mexico State last week. We got another down-to-the-wire Iron Bowl at Jordan-Hare.
Here are 3 takeaways from the instant classic at Jordan-Hare:
1. Jalen Milroe and Isaiah Bond made a play for the ages
My goodness. You can’t make this stuff up. Milroe heaved a pass from the 36-yard line to the corner of the end zone on 4th-and-goal to win it.
Alabama was only in that position because of a botched snap on 2nd down that resulted in an 18-yard loss. Well, Alabama was also only in that position because of a Koy Moore botched punt that gave the ball back to the Tide after it appeared Auburn would get the ball back with a 4-point lead. All Auburn had to do was get off the field on 4th-and-goal from the 31-yard line.
Milroe instead somehow found Bond in the corner of the end zone for 6. You know. In case you somehow missed it.
A decade removed from the Kick 6, they’ll be playing that one on repeat for decades in Tuscaloosa.
2. Auburn’s rushing attack bounced back in a major way … in a losing effort
Lost in the shuffle of that devastating loss was the fact that Auburn imposed its will with 244 rushing yards against the Tide. That was the most Alabama allowed all year. On a night in which Auburn completed 6 passes on 17 attempts, it had a chance with a completely 1-dimensional offense.
Auburn was only in that game because of Payton Thorne and Jarquez Hunter leading a prolific rushing attack. The Auburn offensive line, which was totally ineffective against New Mexico State, bounced back against Alabama.
Of course, it’s hard to find the Auburn positives in an ending like that.
3. Alabama Playoff hopes? Somehow still alive
Well, I suppose the Tide could’ve also asked for a Texas loss. It didn’t get that.
But think about it. Running the table in the final 10 games of the regular season with an unblemished record in SEC play — something that’s only happened 5 previous times during the Nick Saban era — is unbelievably impressive, especially after how disastrous the quarterback situation looked in September. The Tide won’t necessarily have a “win and in” game against Georgia, but it’ll have a chance against the 2-time defending champs.
The dynasty ain’t dead yet.