Alabama vs. Auburn score, takeaways: No. 7 Tide roll past gritty Tigers to win third straight Iron Bowl

No. 7 Alabama topped Auburn 49-27 in the Iron Bowl on Saturday afternoon, securing its 16th straight double-digit win season and third consecutive win over its intrastate rivals from The Plains. The Crimson Tide have now won 12 of the last 16 meetings with the Tigers since 2008.

Auburn struck first to go up 7-0 in the first quarter, but it was all Bama from that point on. The Tide ripped off three straight touchdowns — a 5-yard rushing score from quarterback Bryce Young, a 10-yard pass from Young to Jase McClellan and a 5-yard run from Roydell Williams — to take control that they would never relinquish.

Auburn did its best to stay in the game when QB Robby Ashford hit Ja’Varrius Johnson in the back corner of the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown to make it 21-14 in the second quarter. Other than that pass, Auburn’s offense was decidedly one-dimensional, and Ashford couldn’t consistently move the chains through the air.

As was the case earlier in the game, three straight Tide touchdowns put it out of reach following Johnson’s scoring grab. Young hit Ja’Corey Brooks for a 32-yard score and Traeshon Holden for a 27-yard touchdown to close out the first half. McClellan added a 2-yard run on their first drive of the second half to stretch the lead to 42-14.

Young, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner and NFL Draft-eligible junior, likely played his final game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. He finished 20 of 30 for 343 yards with those three touchdowns and one interception. Ashford was 11 of 23 for 77 yards and one touchdown, adding 121 yards rushing and two more scores on the ground.

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