Auburn vs. Alabama 2016 final score: Tide rolls over Tigers 30-12

Total offense was Alabama 44 plays for 263 yards, Auburn 20 plays for 31 yards. The bowl that Auburn will be playing in will be determined at a later date.

"It's the best defense in college football", Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee.

"I am not going to blame Jeremy or anybody else, because any time you go 2 of 12 on third down, then it becomes a collective group effort", Malzahn said. He followed that up with a 17-yard strike to Damian Harris for the game's first touchdown and Alabama's first lead, a lead they held on to for the rest of the game. "Any time we can get the ball in his hands, we know he is very explosive". "We've been doing the same thing since LSU".

In their 30-12 dismantling of Auburn, the Crimson Tide did just that, limiting the Tigers to 182 yards and four Daniel Carlson field goals.

Auburn has time to clear up its quarterback situation.

"Somebody attached me on Twitter yesterday about how our defense hadn't given up a touchdown in a long time", Hamilton said, "so I attached (senior inside linebacker) Reuben (Foster)". "Turning over the play calling to Coach Lashlee is something that really hit me after the first game (against Clemson) and is 100 percent the best thing to do for the team. They did a pretty good job defending the zone read when he was in there".

Hurts is the first true freshman to start at quarterback for Alabama in the Iron Bowl, and while the sun was still up on Saturday afternoon, he played like it, alternating exuberant brilliance with infuriating misfires. Johnson is the team's most experienced quarterback while John Franklin III is likely to play a role as well, and is a significant running threat.

Auburn didn't get a first down until almost 25 minutes in.

The Tide ranks second nationally in scoring defense, giving up 11.4 points per game. INJURY REPORT: Auburn - DB Joshua Holsey (questionable, ankle), WR Stanton Truitt (questionable, ankle), QB Sean White (questionable, shoulder), OL Prince Michael Sammons (questionable, foot), LB Tre' Williams (probable, undisclosed), DB Carlton Davis (probable, undisclosed), FB Kamryn Pittway (probable, leg), FB Chandler Cox (probable, leg) Alabama - OL Korren Kirven (probable, shoulder), RB Bo Scarbrough (probable, knee), OL Cam Robinson (probable, shoulder) WEATHER REPORT: The forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa.

"Obviously if Sean White had stayed healthy, you wouldn't be asking that question" about quarterback depth, Malzahn said. That would be the largest difference between the the top two spots since Alabama in 2009.

NO. 7 PENN STATE 45, MICHIGAN STATE 12: Trace McSorley completed 17 of 23 passes for 376 yards and four touchdowns and Penn State beat Michigan State in State College, win the Big Ten East. Penn State (10-2, 8-1 Big Ten, No. 7 CFP) edged No. 2 Ohio State for the East title, setting up a conference championship game against West victor Wisconsin next week in Indianapolis.

Late in the third quarter, Auburn kicker Daniel Carlson added his fourth field goal of the game to cut it to 27-12.

"That was probably our worst play of the day", Saban said.

"My wife thought she'd get me and my son an early Christmas present for the Iron Bowl so she got us tickets and we drove up here", said Jon Brooks, an Alabama fan. "They just got worn down".



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