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Alabama vs. Auburn score, takeaways: Two pick sixes, missed FG doom Tide as Tigers take Iron Bowl


AUBURN, Ala. -- The second-highest scoring Iron Bowl in series history was a thriller from start to finish, but it was a missed 30-yard field goal with 2 minutes remaining that doomed No.


However, the Tigers defense capitalized on two huge mistakes by Tide QB Mac Jones, who threw a pair of pick sixes as the team's starter in for injured Tua Tagovailoa, including the longest in Iron Bowl history .


When Malzahn arrived as offensive coordinator in 2009 and took over as head coach in 2013, Auburn found out that it can win at an elite level -- in the midst of the Saban's Alabama dynasty -- doing things its own way.


His game-winner to Williams in the season-opening win over Oregon announced his presence with authority, and slamming the door on Alabama -- just as his dad, Patrick, did in the 1993 Iron Bowl, signals that this kid has what it takes to be a star.


There were some speed bumps in between -- the Florida and LSU losses, specifically -- but Nix's here to stay, Williams and the rest of the receivers already are in sync with him and the offense has a full offseason to grow.


The entire Crimson Tide team -- save for wide receiver Jaylen Waddle -- were rattled by the atmosphere and weren't ready for the biggest moment of the season.






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