But Alabama won behind the solid play of McElroy and Julio Jones in the fourth quarter. The Auburn defense held Ingram in check while both Richardson and Upchurch (pictured above after the game-winning touchdown) played well even though Auburn's DLine consistently created problems for Alabama's OLine.
However, Javier Arenas showed why he's one of the best return men in the country with his prolific punt and kickoff returns, and the Tide won. Statistics were on Auburn's side, but Alabama won through pluck and grit.
I wonder whether playing a cream puff the week before left a mental hangover for the team because the first quarter brought back memories of the horrific Sugar Bowl versus Utah. But besides Barron getting beaten badly on a stop-and-go route early in the third quarter, the D got it together after Auburn threw all kinds of reverses and trick plays at them.
Once again, the SEC Championship is the route to entering the BCS Championship. I hope the Tide plays much better in Atlanta.