Alabama vs. Auburn Iron Bowl 2013: Live Game Grades, Analysis for the Tigers

Chris StephensCorrespondent IINovember 30, 2013

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 16: Nick Marshall #14 of the Auburn Tigers is pursued by Ramik Wilson #51 of the Georgia Bulldogs at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Auburn Alabama. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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The Auburn Tigers pulled off perhaps the biggest upset of the century over the Alabama Crimson Tide. But it was not the fact that Auburn beat Alabama, it was the manner in which the Tigers won.

Final: Auburn 34, Alabama 28

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Auburn Tigers Game Grades
Position UnitFirst-Half GradeFinal Grade
Pass OffenseD+B+
Rush OffenseA-A+
Pass DefenseBC
Rush DefenseC+C
Special TeamsCA++
vs. Alabama

Final Analysis for Auburn Tigers

Pass Offense: Nick Marshall finished the game 11-of-16 for 97 yards and two touchdowns. His 39-yard touchdown pass to Sammie Coates tied the game and set up the game for a classic finish. C.J. Uzomah also had a touchdown catch.

Rush Offense: The running game was working all night for the Tigers. They finished the night with 296 yards on 52 rushes, as Tre Mason led the way with 164 yards and one touchdown. Marshall finished with 99 yards.

Pass Defense: AJ McCarron was 17-of-29 for 277 yards and three touchdowns. The Tigers secondary had a few gaffes, including the play that allowed Amari Cooper to get a 99-yard touchdown reception.

Rush Defense: Alabama had 218 yards on 35 carries, and T.J. Yeldon finished with 141 yards. Alabama pretty much had its way running the ball, but Auburn's front seven did just enough.

Special Teams: What more can you say? A blocked field goal and a 109-yard missed field goal returned for a touchdown by Chris Davis wins the game for the Tigers.

Coaching: Not many people gave Auburn a chance, but it hung in there and made the big play when it counted. The coaching staff deserves a lot of credit.

Nov 30, 2013; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers cornerback Chris Davis (11) gets by Alabama Crimson Tide punter Cody Mandell (29) and returns a missed field goal for a 100 yard touchdown against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the fourth quarter at Jordan Ha
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First-Half Analysis for Auburn Tigers

Pass Offense: Nick Marshall was 4-of-6 for 29 yards in the first half. The passing game hasn't been used much, as the run has been working for the Tigers. Sammie Coates had a big reception for 21 yards that led to Auburn's first touchdown.

Rush Offense: The Tigers have run for 162 yards on 24 carries, with Tre Mason leading the way with 101 yards on 15 carries. Marshall had the big run of the half with a 45-yard run for a touchdown.

Pass Defense: Auburn has done great at limiting AJ McCarron, holding him to 99 yards. He did have two touchdown passes in the half, however, showing that the Tigers still have a few holes in their pass defense.

Rush Defense: The Tide has rushed for 135 yards on 20 carries, with T.J. Yeldon leading the way with 73 yards on the ground and one touchdown. Auburn has to get more penetration in the second half and stop the run.

Special Teams: Steven Clark is averaging 45 yards per punt with a long of 52 yards. Other than that, special teams has been quiet for the Tigers.

Coaching: Auburn is sticking with what it does best—the run. The Tigers are having success with it. Now, the defense just has to stop Alabama.