TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - The No. 10 Alabama football team lost for first time in its last 20 games at home, dropping a 28-27 decision in the 75th Iron Bowl to the No. 2 Auburn Tigers on Friday before a capacity crowd of 101,821 at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Senior quarterback Greg McElroy passed for a career-high 377 yards and two touchdowns while junior wide receiver Julio Jones hauled in 10 receptions for 199 yards and a touchdown.
Alabama led 24-0 in the second quarter and 24-7 at the half. The Tigers scored 21 unanswered points to cut the score to 24-21 in the third quarter. Alabama notched a field goal late in the fourth quarter to make the score 27-21 before Auburn took the lead with a touchdown late in the fourth quarter. The Crimson Tide finishes the 2010 regular season with a mark of 9-3.
Cam Newton threw for three touchdowns and ran for another, leading No. 2 Auburn back from the deficit that kept the Tigers on course for a shot at the national championship.
Auburn (12-0, 8-0 Southeastern Conference) trailed 21-0 before it even picked up a first down, and Alabama (9-3, 5-3) had a 314-2 lead in total yards at one point in the first half.
But Newton, with the signature performance in what has become a season of controversy, rallied the Tigers for a victory that left the crowd of more than 101,000 in stunned disbelief when it was over. He threw scoring passes of 36 yards to Emory Blake, 70 yards to Terrell Zachery and, finally, a 7-yarder to Philip Lutzenkirchen with 11:55 remaining that gave Auburn its first lead of the day.