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November 24, 2012

Alabama 49, Auburn 0: Actions speak louder than words, one last time (with Chizik video)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Again, Auburn coaches and players spent all week swearing they were improved, promising practice went well, convincing anyone who would listen they would play with pride and passion on Saturday.

For the final time of too many to count, actions spoke louder than words.

The final nightmare was administered by rival Alabama, which outplayed, outcoached and out-everythinged the woebegone Tigers 49-0 Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

The 77th Iron Bowl figured on paper to be one of the most lopsided matchups in series history. It played out exactly that way, as the Crimson Tide starters scored touchdowns on every one of their seven possessions and Alabama’s vaunted top defensive unit did not allow Auburn to come within 40 yards of the end zone.

Auburn surrendered its tenth SEC loss in a row, sentenced to its first 0-8 SEC campaign in school history. Auburn surrendered its tenth SEC loss of 17 points or more in the last two seasons, getting pummeled on national television by chief rivals Georgia and Alabama in consecutive years.

All of this, less than 24 months following a national championship on the Plains.

With the on-field product gone historically sour, and Auburn facing multiple off-field distractions – capitalized by a rumored NCAA investigation – fourth-year coach Gene Chizik’s future is expected to be addressed within the next 48 hours, as is that of his staff and his boss, athletic director Jay Jacobs.

Alabama led 42-0 after 30 minutes, its largest halftime lead ever on Auburn. Never before in the Iron Bowl’s 77-game history had one team banked 40 points in back-to-back matchups.

Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron completed 15-of-21 passes for 216 yards and four touchdowns. Freshman receiver Amari Cooper hooked up with McCarron five times for 109 yards and two touchdowns, while Eddie Lacy rushed 18 times for 131 yards and a pair of scores.

Alabama converted on its first 11 third-down plays, not requiring the use of a punter until 13:12 remaining in the fourth quarter.

A pair of Auburn senior defenders, cornerback T’Sharvan Bell and linebacker Daren Bates, each had to be helped off by the training staff in the first half. Bell returned, but Blake was replaced by freshman Kris Frost.

On a positive note, Tre Mason barely grinded his way to 82 yards on the day, giving him 1,000 for the season. He became the fifth Tiger in four years to rush for 1,000 yards.

Senior Emory Blake, in his final college game, moved into the top five on Auburn’s all-time receiving yards list, becoming one of only two Tigers (Karsten Bailey 1995-98) to be in Auburn’s top five for receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns.

Blake hauled in a gorgeous over-the-shoulder pass by Jonathan Wallace in the final minute of the third quarter, good for Blake’s third reception of the day and pushing him over 2,000 yards for his career.

No. 2 Alabama (11-1, 7-1) took care of business to clinch a trip to Saturday’s SEC Championship Game against No. 3 Georgia (11-1, 7-1) at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The winner will likely represent the SEC in the BCS National Championship game, which Alabama has won two of the three previous seasons.

6 Comments

  1. Didn’t Tre Mason break 1,000 yards?

    Comment by Stan McCullars — November 24, 2012 @ 7:13 pm

  2. thank you Chizik for 2010 and a clean program.

    Comment by joesmoe — November 24, 2012 @ 7:29 pm

  3. I have one positive comment about the BAMA game……this dreadful season is now over. Again, Auburn provided more embarrasment than the pre-game forecast of the end score…..”ton to none”. What kills me even more than the loss is how pathetic this team plays. How many times can you see bad tackling that goes back to grade school level fundamentals. The one that will stick in my mind is 8 yard slant play and three Auburn players converge on the receiver in what usually is a concern for penalty of defenseless player hit…..but not for Auburn….it’s a wiff/wiff/wiff and BAMA TD. There is SO much wrong with this team that I could write a book on the fundamental mistakes they make…..over and over and over. But alas, it is OVER…..now lets get to thr FIRING of these coaches and onward. We can thank them for the upcoming scandal as well when we give them their $10M in parting gifts.

    I love Auburn….I really do….everyone deserves better than this.

    Comment by Eric — November 24, 2012 @ 7:31 pm

  4. Aaron,
    Thanks for giving us a touchdown.

    Comment by AUnMS — November 24, 2012 @ 8:21 pm

  5. Auburn needs to move forward in all aspects including AD,Coaches and the acceptance of any other consequences to come.Simply recruit hard and amart for more talent and get the coaching of the players right-This is the BOTTOM!!War Eagle!

    Comment by Charlie — November 24, 2012 @ 9:59 pm

  6. Consequences? C’mon! Those secondary violations were self-reported in August. The timing of this “breaking news” is as it has been for the past three years. Every time Auburn has a big game, bammer has an important recruiting weekend or something like that these same three or four national writers that are in bammer’s pocket manufacture a rumor and call it breaking news. To quote the NCAA’s lead compliance officer after the last alleged “investigation”: “There’s nothing there”.

    Comment by MikeP — November 25, 2012 @ 12:29 pm

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