The Most Heated Rivalry in College Football: The Iron Bowl

Mitch KilpatrickContributor IApril 22, 2009

The Iron Bowl is probably the most heated rivalry ever. Many times, nail biters have taken place. Alabama leads the series 39-33-1. I am going to give the top plays from both Auburn and Alabama.



5. Frederick's Fake Punt, 1969

This is the only play in the list that wasn't a game changer. Late in the game, and with the game well in hand for Auburn, Frederick faked a punt and dashed 84 yards for a touchdown. Auburn defeated Alabama, 49-26


4. Hit and Fumble Recovery, 1997

Late in the game, leading 17-15, Alabama completed a third-and-eight pass to a running back, but Auburn safety Houston's hit caused a fumble, and Quinton Reese recovered it at the Alabama 33. A field goal gave Auburn the win, 18-17.


3. Nix to Sanders, 1993

Auburn, riding a perfect season, trailed 14-5 in the third quarter when Patrick Nix replaced injured quarterback Stan White. Auburn faced fourth-and-14, and Nix threw a pass to Frank Sanders, who made a leaping catch along the sidelines and dove into the end zone. Auburn won 22-14 to finish 11-0.


2. Bo Over the Top, 1982

Bo Jackson dove onto the top of the pile to score the game's final touchdown to propel Auburn to a 23-22 win, breaking a nine-year losing streak to Auburn.


1. Blocked Punt, 1972

In the final minutes, linebacker Newton blocked two punts and picked both up on the bounce and ran in for the touchdown to win, 17-16.



5. Kitchens to Riddle, 1996

Freddie Kitchens got the pass off to Riddle, who made a move into the end zone with just 26 seconds left. The extra point made the Crimson Tide rise, 24-23.


4. He Waxed the Dude, 1984

Rory Turner tackled Fullwood near the goal line to preserve Alabama a 17-15 lead. Bo Jackson went the wrong way on a critical fourth-down play deep in Bama's territory.


3. Ogden's Kickoff Return, 1964

It is listed in Alabama's record book as a 100-yard kick return. Ray Ogden caught the kickoff as a teammate hollered, "No! No! No!" and Ogden thought he said, "Go! Go! Go!" Alabama went on to win, 21-14.


2. Stabler's Run in the Mud, 1967

Kenny Stabler ran 47 yards for a touchdown with about 12:00 minutes left in the game. It was Bama's only score, as they won 7-3.


1. Tiffin's Field Goal, 1985

In 1972's Iron Bowl, Tiffin kicked a 52-yard field goal as time expired to give 'Bama a 25-23 win. It is known by many people as the best fourth-quarter comeback.