November 25, 2007

Auburn swings 6-Iron

AUBURN, Ala. - Throughout his first season at Alabama, first-year coach Nick Saban spoke about the Crimson Tide creating an identity for itself. Saturday night, after a season filled with a few ups and more than a few downs, that identity finally crystallized.

"We tried to establish our identity, and we did. Our identity this year is that we didn't finish," said senior linebacker Darren Mustin. "I don't know how hard that is to swallow … but we did not finish this season. After the bye week, we just went in the drain."

Visiting Alabama (6-6) fell to archrival Auburn 17-10, closing the season with four consecutive losses as Auburn ran its series win streak to six games. And without a seventh victory to seal a bowl bid, postseason hopes for the Crimson Tide are questionable.

Two plays - one in each half - will be the ones Alabama fans will carry for the next 365 days. The first was a fade pass to DJ Hall in the corner of the end zone just before the half. The normally sure-handed Hall dropped a well-thrown pass, and Auburn cornerback Jerraud Powers caught the carom for an interception. The second was a 15-yard personal foul on Keith Saunders which set up the Tigers' game-clinching touchdown.

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