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Auburn shuts down No. 1 Alabama, heads to SEC title game

By in Press Enterprise on November 26, 2017

By Associated Press

AUBURN, Ala. -— Jarrett Stidham passed for 237 yards and ran for a fourth-quarter touchdown and No. 6 Auburn beat top-ranked Alabama 26-14 Saturday with a berth in the Southeastern Conference title game on the line.

The Tigers (10-2, 7-1 SEC) mostly shut down the league’s top scoring offense for their second win in three weeks over the top team in the playoff rankings. They won the Western Division to earn a rematch with No. 7 Georgia in the SEC championship game Dec. 2 with a playoff spot almost certainly on the line.

The Crimson Tide (11-1, 7-1) made a rare assortment of mistakes for a team that had appeared to be headed toward a shot at a fourth consecutive SEC title and playoff berth.

  • Auburn wide receiver Darius Slayton (81) fails to catch a pass as Alabama defensive back Levi Wallace (39) defends during the first half of the Iron Bowl NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

  • Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts fumbles the ball during the first half of the Iron Bowl NCAA football game against Auburn, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

    Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts fumbles the ball during the first half of the Iron Bowl NCAA football game against Auburn, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

  • Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn signals to players during the first half of the Iron Bowl NCAA college football game abasing Alabama, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

    Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn signals to players during the first half of the Iron Bowl NCAA college football game abasing Alabama, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Auburn, Ala. […]    

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