Iron Bowl Flashback: 2008 – Alabama 36, Auburn 0

BamaHammer.com presents a daily Iron Bowl Flashback leading up to Saturday’s game featuring No. 1 Alabama vs. Auburn in the 81st Iron Bowl (2:30 pm CT, CBS).

BamaHammer.com presents a daily Iron Bowl Flashback leading up to Saturday’s game featuring No. 1 Alabama vs. Auburn in the 81st Iron Bowl (2:30 pm CT, CBS).

Alabama ended Auburn’s six-game winning streak in the series with an emphatic 36-0 win in 2008 in Tuscaloosa that kept the Crimson Tide unbeaten.

It was Nick Saban’s first victory in the rivalry, and Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville’s final game on the Plains.

“I’m happy, I really am happy,” said Saban, smiling to prove it. “I was happy and dancing in the locker room. Miss Terry gave me a big kiss coming up here. I was real happy about that.”

Glen Coffee rushed for 144 yards and freshman Mark Ingram scored a pair of touchdowns for the Tide. Alabama’s defense, meanwhile, limited Auburn’s offense to just 170 yards. The Tigers made it across midfield only once in the game.

Leigh Tiffin kicked a 37-yard field goal as time expired in the first quarter and Coffee scored on a 41-yard run in the second to give Alabama a 10-0 lead at the half. Auburn’s Morgan Hull had a field goal attempt blocked as time expired in the second quarter.

Alabama forced fumbles on the Tigers’ first two possessions of the second half and quickly converted them into scores to put the game away. John Parker Wilson threw a 39-yard TD pass to Nikita Stover and Ingram scored on a 1-yard run for a 22-0 lead. Tiffin’s extra-point attempt after the first score failed as did Wilson’s 2-point try after the second.

It didn’t matter. Ingram scored on a 14-yard run late in the third quarter, and backup QB Greg McElroy completed the rout with a 34-yard TD pass to Marquis Maze with 2:49 left in the game.

Alabama currently holds the 44-35-1 lead in the all-time series with Auburn and has won the last two Iron Bowls, four of the last five and six of the last eight. The Crimson Tide beat the Tigers 29-13 at Jordan-Hare Stadium last season and 55-44 at Bryant-Denny Stadium in 2014.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban is 8-6 in his career against Auburn, including a 6-3 overall mark while with the Crimson Tide and a 3-1 record at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

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