Auburn 28, Alabama 18
No. 11 Auburn felt like the wrong team was getting all the hype in this state, and the Tigers set out to prove it Saturday.
Unleashing a relentless pass rush, No. 11 Auburn upstaged one of the nation's stingiest defenses and remained dominant in the Iron Bowl with a 28-18 win over No. 8 Alabama.
By halftime, the Tigers (9-2, 7-1 Southeastern Conference) were up 28-7 against a team that was drawing national title buzz two weeks ago. By the end, they had sacked Brodie Croyle 11 times and shut down any hint of a comeback.
"I think they got full of themselves," Auburn linebacker Travis Williams said. "They won some games this year by the skin of their teeth. We were watching it all year and we were like, 'Man, these guys keep escaping.'
"We really wanted them to be undefeated coming into this game so we could really make them look bad."
Auburn clinched at least a share of the Western Division title for the fifth time in six seasons with its second straight win over a top-10 team and fourth in a row over the team's chief rival. LSU would play for the SEC title with wins over Mississippi and Arkansas.
With an anemic offense, Alabama (9-2, 6-2) continued a season-ending tumble with its second loss in a row after riding the nation's top scoring defense to a No. 4 ranking.
"Two weeks ago, we were 9-0 and we felt like we were knocking on the door," Tide Coach Mike Shula said. "Now we feel like we are trying to find the right address."
The Tigers sacked Croyle seven times for minus-51 yards in the first half and cashed in on three short touchdown drives in the opening 11 minutes.