January 18, 2022

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How Auburn football let Alabama escape in brutal 4OT loss in Iron Bowl

AUBURN — The rich recent history of the Iron Bowl has taught that when a game is close, messy and dramatic, that favors Auburn — the underdog looking up at Nick Saban’s Alabama dynasty, the little brother who needs stolen moments to beat the bully. All signs pointed to that outcome in the latest chapter Saturday night, even as Alabama quarterback Bryce Young engineered a 97-yard touchdown drive in the final two minutes to add a superlative: This was the first Iron Bowl to require overtime.

By the time it reached the third and fourth overtimes, and the unprecedented means of deciding a football game that those entailed, the laws of nature that dictated Auburn’s competitive edge were out the window.

Not even Jordan-Hare Stadium’s darkest magic could come to the rescue in the end as Auburn was climbing a hill steeper than most years in a 24-22 quadruple-overtime, walk-off loss.