2015 Iron Bowl

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The 2015 Iron Bowl took place on Saturday November 28, 2015 at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn. The 2nd-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the unranked Auburn Tigers by a score of 29-13.

It was the 80th contest in the series. Their win gave Alabama an 44-35-1 advantage. The game was Alabama coach Nick Saban's ninth Iron Bowl (6-3), and Auburn coach Gus Malzahn's third as head coach (1-2). Alabama came into the game with a 10-1 record, while Auburn, picked before the season to win the SEC Championship, had struggled through a disappointing 6-5 season.

Both teams struggled to complete drives in the first half, with Auburn having relatively consistent success in the middle of the field and Alabama taking advantage of timely big plays. By halftime, Tide kicker Adam Griffith went 4-4 on field goals, accounting for all of Alabama's points while Auburn's Daniel Carlson went 2-3, giving the Tigers just six points after six drives.

Long plays gave both teams touchdowns in the third quarter. ArDarius Stewart carried a Jake Coker's pass 34-yards to score on Alabama's second drive of the second half. Auburn took just three plays to answer as Jason Smith tipped Jeremy Johnson's long pass to himself and raced into the end zone, pulling Auburn back within one score.

Auburn's offense was unable to maintain their momentum through the fourth quarter, and their defense was pushed back by Alabama's rushing attack. Heisman Award candidate Derrick Henry finished the game with 271 yards on 46 carries, the last of which was a 25-yard touchdown run that gave Alabama the 29-13 victory.

The win propelled Alabama into the SEC Championship game as the Southeastern Conference's Western Division champion.

Statistical leaders

  • Alabama was penalized 7 times for 65 yards, Auburn 8 times for 62 yards, including a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct call against first-year defensive coordinator Will Muschamp. The only turnover was when Maurice Smith picked up Melvin Ray's fumbled reception with time running out on Auburn's final drive.
Iron Bowl (Alabama vs. Auburn)
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