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Bama fans were very pleased with Jay Jacobs at one point. They even showed up to the airport to congratulate the Auburn AD for killing Auburn Football, giving the Crimson Tide an iron fist to rule the state of Alabama with.
Mr. 5-19 was going to be the death of Auburn football, and ESPN analysts, when asked when Auburn would beat Alabama again, said, "Don't hold your breath."
Alabama almost had a chance to enforce all of those things in the 2010 Iron Bowl. 11-0 Auburn came into Bryant-Denny Stadium to take on the Tide.
It started as a thorough whipping for the road underdogs (which is still puzzling). Bama led 21-0 after three possessions and Auburn kept going 3-and-out offensively.
Mark Ingram then took a screen pass 41 yards into the Auburn red zone... before Antoine Carter forced a fumble that Auburn would recover in the end zone. Bama kicked a field goal to go up 24-0, and people had seen this before. Bama jumped out to 24-0 leads in both of its two biggest home games that season, Florida and Penn State. When it's 24-0, it's over. Auburn didn't get the memo.
The Tigers scored on a 36-yard pass from Cam Newton to Emory Blake. Bama was driving right before halftime, but Nick Fairley sacked McElroy and recovered a fumble to end the drive. Bama led 24-7 at the half, and Auburn was very relieved by that. It could have been 38-7.
Alabama's failed opportunities came back to haunt them, as Auburn's offense was unstoppable in the second half, scored 21 points. Auburn's defense won the day, however, holding Alabama's offense to 67 yards after halftime.
Auburn came back to defeat Alabama, 28-27, in a game known simply as "The Comeback".