Auburn’s 24-point comeback, the largest by any Alabama opponent, resulted in a 28-27 victory over the Crimson Tide to make the Iron Bowl the United States Sports Academy’s College Football Game of the Week.
In the 75th edition of one of the most celebrated rivalries in sports, Tigers’ quarterback Cameron Newton threw for three touchdowns and ran for one as the Tigers eked out a victory over Alabama and squeaked ahead of Oregon for the No. 1 BCS ranking. Auburn, now ranked No. 1 for the first time in the 13-year history of the Bowl Championship Series, was down 24-0 with five minutes to go in the first half before rallying.
The victory, the Tigers’ 34th in the Iron Bowl series, leaves Auburn one win away from playing for its first BCS National Championship and second AP National Title. The Tigers face South Carolina for the Southeastern Conference championship this Saturday in Atlanta.
The College Football Game of the Week, voted upon by a national panel of experts, is nominated for the College Football Game of the Year at the end of the regular season.
Daniel Moore, the American Sports Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) 2005 Sport Artist of the Year, is commissioned by the Academy each year to create a painting honoring the selected College Football Game of the Year. The Academy donates the painting to the winning university, along with $5,000 for its general scholarship fund.