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November 30, 2013

AUBURN NOTEBOOK: Davis' return caps off sensational turnaround for Tigers



In a sport where the wacky and unexpected have become the norm, the Tigers have taken it to a whole different level.

Whether it was the score late to beat Mississippi State, the late defensive stand to topple Johnny Football and the Aggies or the Marshall to Louis Hail Mary to ease by Georgia, this year's Tigers have found ways to win the close ones.

And that's exactly what they did against the Tide on Saturday.

% The Gus Bus: Coming into the Iron Bowl, Alabama was yielding just 91 yards per game on the ground. 

That all changed in 60 minutes, as the Tigers ripped off 296 rushing yards in the win. It was the third-highest mark yielded by the Tide in the rivalry and the most an Auburn team has garnered since 1983.

The last squad to eclipse the 200-yard mark against Nick Saban was Georgia Southern back in 2011. 

Auburn was also the first team in Saban's career to rush for more than 240 yards in three quarters of play.

% Third Degree: The much-maligned Auburn defense didn't exactly play its best game against the Tide on Saturday. 

However, they won a very important stat that ultimately kept them in the game.

The Tigers yielded just 4 of 13 third-down attempts to AJ McCarron and the Crimson Tide offense on the night. On the flip side, the offense converted at an 8-for-15 clip — several coming on key scoring drives in the game.

% Cardiac Arrest: Auburn's time-expiring victory over Alabama marked the third time this season the Tigers have scored game-winning touchdowns in the last 30 seconds.

The others came against Mississippi State in Week 3 and Georgia two weeks ago.

Also, five of Auburn's wins have been decided by seven points or less.

% Jake Winfrey can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 136 or at


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