Auburn defeated No. 9 Alabama 17-7 today at Bryant-Denny Stadium, marking the fourth consecutive year the road team has won in this series. In addition to today, Auburn also beat Alabama 9-0 here in Tuscaloosa in 2000. Alabama earned road wins in 1999 and 2001.
Alabama Game Notes
Auburn has won all four meetings with Alabama here in Tuscaloosa, winning in 1895, 1901, 2000 and 2002.
The Auburn game marked the first career start for Childress, a sophomore from Nashville. McKay-Loescher made his ninth career start and sixth of the season today.
On offense, tight end Donald Clarke returned to the starting lineup for the first time since the Ole Miss game on Oct. 19. Clarke has started four games for Alabama this year.
Alabama drove to the Auburn 32-yard line on its opening possession, but failed to score after failing to convert a fourth-and-10 from the Tigers 37-yard line. The Auburn game marked the second consecutive game the Crimson Tide did not score its opening possession and only the fourth time in 11 games this year. UA also failed to score on its opening possession against Georgia (punt), Tennessee (punt), LSU (interception) and Auburn (downs).
Auburn used a three-play, 67-yard drive to take a 7-0 lead with 5:59 left in the first quarter. Jason Campbell's 15-yard pass to Robert Johnson gave the Tigers the lead. Tailback Tre Smith's 51-yard run on the first play of the drive set up the AU touchdown.
The 15-yard TD pass marked the first time since Oct. 5 that Alabama has trailed in a game, a span of 20 quarters. The Crimson Tide lost to Georiga 27-25 before its current five-game winning streak.
The Auburn game, marked the first time this season that Alabama did not score in the first half. The last time Alabama failed to score in the first half was Nov. 18, 2000 in a 9-0 loss to Auburn here in Tuscaloosa.
Today's game also marked the second time this season and the third time under Franchione that Alabama did not score a touchdown in the first half. Alabama was also held without a first-half touchdown against Vanderbilt last year and Oklahoma (OU, 23-3) earlier this season.
Senior strong safety Waine Bacon recorded his third interception of the 2002 season, giving Alabama the ball at the Auburn 46-yard line with 11:04 left in the third quarter. Alabama scored its first touchdown of the game eight plays later, cutting the deficit to 17-7.
Junior tailback Santonio Beard capped that eight-play drive with a one-yard TD run, his 12th of the season, as Alabama cut the Auburn lead to 17-7 with 6:40 left in the third quarter.
Beard's touchdown run marked the first time Alabama has ever scored against Auburn here in Bryant-Denny Stadium. Auburn had shutout Alabama in the three previous meetings in 1895, 1901 and 2000.
In addition, Beard's one-yard TD run marked the 17th consecutive time the Crimson Tide has scored in the red zone, dating back to the Tennessee game.
Redshirt freshman QB Brodie Croyle completed 7-of-16 passes for 83 yards to surpass the 1,000-yard mark in passing yards this season. The 2002 season marks the first time in Alabama history that two quarterbacks have thrown for 1,000 yards each in the same season. Tyler Watts (104-of-166, 1,333 yards) and Croyle (60-of-122, 1,046) both passed for 1,000 yards this year.
Unofficially, junior Brooks Daniels recorded six tackles to give him 100 tackles in a season for the second straight year. Daniels had 102 tackles last year and is the first UA defender in the modern era to record back-to-back 100 tackle seasons.
Auburn Team Notes
Before today, Auburn, when unranked was 0-19 against a ranked Alabama team. The Tigers are now 1-19 when they are unranked and Alabama was ranked.
Auburn scored its first touchdown in Tuscaloosa since 1901. The Tigers defeated Alabama in 2000, 9-0, with three Damon Duval field goals.
This is the first time an unranked Auburn team has ever beaten a ranked Alabama team. Prior to today, Auburn was 0-19 in those previous 19 meetings.
The win also marks the first time Auburn has ever beaten an Alabama team ranked in the Top 10.
Dating back to 1990, Auburn tied its largest lead in the first half against Alabama with the 17-0 lead. Auburn also led 17-0 in 1998, but, lost the game, 31-17.
Dating back to 1990, Auburn's 17-0 lead was its largest at halftime in the Auburn-Alabama series. Since 1990, the previous largest Auburn halftime lead was 10 points, 24-14 in 1995.
For the fourth time this season, Auburn shut out an opponent in the first half. The Tigers also shut out Western Carolina, LSU and Louisiana-Monroe in the first half.
Auburn equaled its largest halftime lead in an SEC game this season with the 17-0 lead. Auburn also led LSU, 17-0 at halftime.
Auburn has had three different running backs rush for over 100 yards in a game for the first time in the last 13 years (that's as far back as we can check here). Carnell Williams rushed for over 100 in three games, Ronnie Brown rushed for 100 or more in three games and Tre Smith had his first 100-yard performance with 126 yards today.
Auburn has rushed for over 100 yards in 13 consecutive games.
The Auburn defense has picked up 20 interceptions this season, which is the most in a season since 1968 when the Tigers had a school record 25.
Auburn's 17-7 win over Alabama breaks the Tigers' 22 game streak with at least one rushing touchdown in each game.
The team leading at halftime in this series has won 49-of-67 times for a percentage of 73.
Auburn is undefeated when playing Alabama in Tuscaloosa. The Tigers have outscored the Crimson Tide 91-7 during that stretch.
In the last 10 games of this series, Auburn has led at the half six times and ended up winning the game three times, including today's win.
The last time an Auburn team defeated a top 10 Alabama team was 1989 when Alabama was ranked at No. 2 and the Tigers were ranked No. 11. Auburn defeated the Crimson Tide 30-20; the first-ever game played in Jordan-Hare Stadium between the two teams.
Auburn, as an unranked team, had never defeated a top 10 Alabama team since the resumption of the series in 1948.
Individual Auburn Notes
Carlos Rogers' interception in the fourth quarter is his fourth of the season, and his career.
Tre Smith rushed for 126 yards today, becoming the fourth Auburn player and the first true freshman dating back to 1990 to rush for over 100-yards in the game. Rudi Johnson rushed for 130 yards in 2000, Demontray Carter ran for 102 yards in 1998 and James Bostic rushed for 147 yards in 1993.
Tre Smith is the first Auburn true freshman to rush for over 100 yards since Carnell Williams ran for 167 yards against Georgia last season as a true freshman.
With 126 yards today, Tre Smith became just the second running back to rush for over 100 yards against Alabama this season. Georgia's Musa Smith also had 126 yards against the Crimson Tide.
Robert Johnson caught his second touchdown pass in the first quarter, becoming the first Auburn player to catch two touchdown passes in a game since Deandre Green had two against Louisiana Tech in 2001. The last time an Auburn player had two touchdown passes in an SEC game was Ronney Daniels who scored two against Georgia in 1999 (also in one quarter- the second).
Since 1990, Auburn has not had a player catch two touchdown passes in an Auburn-Alabama game until today when Robert Johnson caught two in the first quarter.
Anthony Mix's 46-yard pass play in the first quarter was his longest of the season. His previous long was 41-yards against Louisiana-Monroe.
Tre Smith had a 51-yard run in the first quarter, which was a career long. His previous long run was 36 yards against LSU.
Robert Johnson scored his third and fourth touchdowns of the season and the ninth and 10th of his career in the first quarter.
Since the Florida game, Jason Campbell has thrown eight touchdown passes.
Damon Duval connected on a 40-yard field goal in the second quarter. It was his first field goal of 40 yards or more since making a 48-yarder against Louisiana Tech last season. He had missed his previous seven attempts of 40 yards or more.
Jason Campbell threw for 141 yards in the first half, which was an Auburn season passing high in the first half against an SEC opponent. The previous high was 135 yards passing by Daniel Cobb against Arkansas.