Iron Bowl Name Origin

November 27, 2011 by staff 

Iron Bowl Name Origin, Don’t pass out. That’s what Ryan Pugh thought as his entire world was upside down and he held on — barely — to consciousness, waiting for the chaos to resume.

Leading 28-27 at the 2010 Iron Bowl, Auburn faced fourth-and-inches at its 36-yard line. Cam Newton broke the huddle way too early, eager to pick up a crucial first down in a one-for-the ages, 24-point comeback victory over Alabama.

Pugh, Auburn’s center, waited 12 seconds with his head between his legs for Newton’s leg to signal the shotgun snap. As the blood rushed through Pugh’s head, he worried that the snap wouldn’t come soon enough to avoid his keeling over and creating a fourth-and-6.

“It’s one of those small plays in a huge game most people don’t even think about,” Pugh said, remembering the excruciating seconds before Newton rolled over the top for the first down.

Such moments frame how perhaps the most remarkable Iron Bowl in the series’ 75-year history happened. Each Iron Bowl writes a new chapter in the narrative, but The Comeback and The Collapse caused this state to boil over like never before.

Alabama uses the slogan “Never Again” to remember a loss that so deeply affected one fan, Harvey Updyke, that he allegedly poisoned Auburn’s oak trees at Toomer’s Corner.

Auburn went on to capture its first national championship since 1957, topping Alabama’s title in 2009. That Alabama lost to Auburn at home with its worst collapse ever added to the game’s lore.

“Since things went bad, I think it was a horrible job of coaching, if you want to know the truth about it,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said. “It’s just like everything else. When it goes good — the same guy coached the first half as the second half. So whatever happened in the first half, I guess we all did great. Whatever happened in the second half, we really did bad.”

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