No. 2 Alabama beats AuburnPushed to the limit and outplayed most of the game, No. 2 Alabama found its championship form in the nick of time.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Pushed to the limit and outplayed most of the game, No. 2 Alabama found its championship form in the nick of time.
The Tide stayed perfect with an imperfect 26-21 victory Friday over Auburn, taking the lead with a tenacious drive that was capped by Greg McElroy’s 4-yard touchdown pass to Roy Upchurch with 1:24 left.
The Crimson Tide (12-0, 8-0) didn’t get much help from Heisman Trophy candidate Mark Ingram, but still completed a second straight perfect regular season in the Iron Bowl.
Alabama did it the hard way, falling behind in the opening minutes, but ultimately did its part to set up a 1 vs. 2 showdown with top-ranked Florida in the SEC championship game.
Forget the national and conference championships, the state title almost slipped away.
“The strong do survive but the strong do get their (butts) kicked,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said. “That was my message to the team.”