Iron Bowl Flashback: 1967 – Alabama 7, Auburn 3

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.

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).

The “Run in the Mud”.

That’s all you really need to know about this classic, played under messy skies and on a sloppy Legion Field track in Birmingham. The 1967 Iron Bowl ended with Alabama claiming a 7-3 victory, its fourth straight and eighth out of nine over the Tigers.  The AU seniors that year never scored a touchdown versus their arch-rival in four contests.

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Auburn entered the game with three losses, but was confident it could defeat the country’s eighth-ranked team, Alabama, that boasted a 7-1-1 record and had beaten the Tigers three years in a row and won seven of the last eight meetings.

Alabama’s season was scarred only by the loss to Tennessee and a 37-37 tie with Florida State.  Regardless, many on the Plains and around the state thought this was the year to do it, as Alabama’s offense was nothing spectacular, and its defense had broken at times throughout the season.  In the 1967 Iron Bowl, however, The Crimson Tide defense bent several times but never broke.

With just 11 minutes to play and trailing the Tigers 3-0, Alabama quarterback Ken Stabler had the Tide at the Auburn 47-yard line facing third-and-3.

Auburn, devastated by Stabler’s “Run in the Mud,” never recovered, and the 1967 Iron Bowl ended with Alabama claiming a 7-3 victory.

The game featured 22 total punts. Without Stabler’s 47-yard sloshy dash, Alabama mustered only 129 yards of total offense (37 yards of which came on a late drive in the game) to Auburn’s 216 total yards.  The Tide moved the chains only four times to the Tigers’ 13 first downs.

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.

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