Auburn defeated #1 Alabama in one of the most unbelievable finishes to their storied rivalry anyone has ever seen.
Since that undoubtedly historic night, I’ve seen a lot of ill-placed blame and logic scattered throughout the Internet. Here are my thoughts I’ve compiled and broken down into ten points from the 2013 Iron Bowl.
1. Alabama committed six penalties for 45 yards. Five of those penalties (45 yards) came in the 2nd half. Four of them were false start penalties. One false start cost Alabama 3 points. A holding penalty negated a 1st down inside the Auburn 15 with 4 minutes remaining in the game. Bama entered the Iron Bowl averaging about 4.5 penalties per game.
2. Tre Mason gashed Alabama all night, running for 164 yards — the second highest total by an individual in Saban’s tenure at Alabama. Former Arkansas Razorback, Darren McFadden, rushed for 195 yards in 2007 (Saban’s first season)against Bama, but that was hardly Saban’s team.
3. Kenyan Drake gained 33 yards on 4 carries, then disappeared. Gary and Verne made no mention of the disappearance, to my knowledge. His last carry came early in the 2nd quarter, and I haven’t found anything citing an injury. (Edit: This may shed some light, but only a little…)