Location: Bryant-Denny Stadium (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)
Result: 28-27, Auburn
In Cam Newton's lone, magical season as the quarterback for the Auburn Tigers, not only did Newton manage to snag the Heisman trophy and secure a national title, but he also carved out his spot in Iron Bowl lore when he led the Tigers to a miraculous comeback over the Crimson Tide. With the Tide ranked eleventh in the country, and Auburn sitting on a perfect record, the stakes were high for both teams coming into the game, as Alabama remained one of the few obstacles standing in the way of the Tigers' national championship bid.
Amazingly, for most of the day, it looked like Alabama—who had won a national title of their own just a year earlier—would have their way in stopping the Tigers just shy of their postseason title dreams. Leading 24-7 at the half, Bama had been dominating Cam Newton and Co. for the entire game, as Mark Ingram and Julio Jones each put a TD on the board in the first quarter before the rest of the offense blew it open even wider for the Tide.
However, as it had been all season, Auburn would not be denied. Newton threw for three scores and ran for another in the second half, earning the go-ahead score with about 12 minutes left in the game. A staunch defense held for the Tigers to close out the rest of the contest, and the team punched their ticket for the SEC Championship Game, before earning their much-coveted spot in the BCS title bowl.