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Alabama Takes the Iron Bowl

By Michael Bearak     Nov 27, 2009 in Sports
Alabama fended off rival Auburn to remain unbeaten in hopes of a BCS Championship Bid. They needed over 58 of the 60 minute game against Auburn to pull out the victory.
It was a thriller in Auburn as the Tigers quickly jumped out on the Alabama Crimson Tide with a 14-0 first quarter lead. The Crimson Tide fought back to tie the score going into the half. The second half looked like it would start like the first half with the Tigers again snatching the lead with a touchdown just 4 minutes into the second half and again the Tide was forced to fight their way back into the game. The Tide had to settle for two Leigh Tiffin field goals to remain with in striking distance of Auburn.
That was all it took as the defenses controlled things through the fourth quarter with no scores until an almost storybook ending for the Tide. The Tide had worked the ball down to the 4 yard line and had planned a running play only to call a timeout and switch out of the running play and that is where Hollywood couldn't have scripted a better ending for senior back Roy Upchurch, who had never found the end-zone in his college career.
Upchurch was yelling, "Put me in! Put me in!" He continued, "Patience pays off and today I've got a story to tell."
Patience did pay off for the entire Alabama team as they remained unbeaten and now are looking for a showdown with the Florida Gators in the SEC Championship next week.
Auburn dominated most offensive statistical category for the game out gaining the Tide 332-291 and on the ground 151-73. Auburn also had two turnovers, but in the end Alabama lead in the most important statistical category and that was on the scoreboard with a 26-21 victory.
For two days in a row the the three outsiders, Cincinnati, Boise State, and TCU saw another of the top 3 teams get knocked around but not beaten. They now have to hope for Florida State to knock off Florida on Saturday to open the doors for all three teams to get in. Just the same Alabama has to hope about the same to ensure a trip to Pasadena and the BCS Championship Game. If Florida beats FSU setting up an SEC Championship of two unbeatens with the loser having no possibility at the BCS Championship game. A lose by Florida would help Alabama to move into the top spot and almost guarantee them a spot in the BCS Championship game, even if Florida were to win the SEC Championship.
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