Auburn

Tigers

Alabama

Crimson Tide ©

Played November 26, 1977

at Legion Field

Birmingham, Alabama

  

Teams' Belt Records

Team

Belt

Reigns

Overall

Record

Home

Record

Away

Record

Neutral

Record

W

L

T

PCT

W

L

T

PCT

W

L

T

PCT

W

L

T

PCT

Auburn 0                                
Alabama © 1 6 1 0 .857 3 0 0 1.000 3 0 0 1.000 0 1 0 .000

                          Previous Belt Meetings:       None

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Auburn

7

0

0

14

21

Alabama

0

14

14

20

48

The 1977 Iron Bowl saw its first Belt match-up with the 5-5 Auburn Tigers coached by Doug Barfield traveling to Birmingham to battle the 2nd ranked, 9-1 Alabama Crimson Tide coached by Bear Bryant.  Having lost 4 straight to Alabama, Auburn hoped they could reverse the tread.  Alabama's QB Jeff Rutledge threw for 2 touchdowns & RB Tony Nathan rushed for 2 touchdowns as the Crimson Tide retained The Belt with a 48-21 victory over the Tigers.  Late in the 1st quarter with the game still scoreless, Auburn's RB Joe Cribbs took a handoff & scampered 87 yards for a touchdown giving the Tigers a 7-0 lead.  Alabama responded with an 8-play, 70-yard drive with Rutledge throwing a 30-yard touchdown pass to WR Bruce Bolton to tie the game at 7-7 with 13:49 left in the half.  Late in the 2nd quarter, the Crimson Tide put together another 8-play drive; this one covered 58 yards & was capped by All-SEC RB Johnny Davisí 12-yard touchdown run giving Alabama a 14-7 halftime edge.  The Crimson Tide dominated the 3rd quarter with Nathan scoring his touchdowns from 1 & 2 yards to put Alabama in front 28-7 to start the 4th quarter.  In the 1st half, Auburnís touchdown had come on a 2-play drive with Cribbs long run.  Now in the 4th quarter, the Tigers scored on another 2-play drive with QB Charlie Trotman throwing a 74-yard touchdown pass to WR Byron Franklin but Auburn still trailed 28-14 with 13:27 left to play.  Alabama came back with a 7-play, 80-yard drive with RB Mitch Ferguson carrying in from 1 yard for the score.  Auburn followed with a quick turnover which gave the ball back to the Crimson Tide at the Auburn 42-yard line.  Rutledge took advantage of the error on the next play when he hit All-American TE Ozzie Newsome on a 42-yard touchdown pass giving the Crimson Tide a 41-14 lead.  The teams traded touchdowns in the last 5 minutes with Alabama's QB Steadman Shealy scoring on a 15-yard touchdown run & Auburn's RB William Andrews scoring on a 3-yard touchdown run for the final points.  Rutledge finished with 193 yards passing with 2 touchdowns as well as rushing for 102 yards, Davis rushed for 104 yards with his score, & Newsome had 4 catches for 119 yards with his touchdown.  For the Tigers, Trotman threw for 135 yards with a touchdown but also an interception while Cribbs finished with 133 yards rushing with his score.  Alabama finished the season 11-1; SEC Champions & ranked 2nd nationally while the Tigers finished 6-5, which included a forfeit from Mississippi State for NCAA violations.  Auburn would play for The Belt again in 1983.

Auburn Game Stats Alabama Game Stats
 

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Rushing

Att

Yards

TDs

Joe Cribbs 15 133 1 Johnny Davis 20 104 1
William Andrews 11 26 1 Jeff Rutledge 15 102 0
James Brooks 7 11 0 Tony Nathan 11 50 2
Byron Franklin 2 3 0 Don Faust 4 17 0
Charlie Trotman 7 -3 0 Mitch Ferguson 4 16 1
        Major Ogilvie 2 15 0
        Steadman Shealy 2 14 1
        Lou Ikner 2 7 0
        Pete Cavan 1 1 0
        Kevin Jones 2 -4 0
 
Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs
Charlie Trotman 9 4 1 135 1 Jeff Rutledge 13 9 0 193 2
 

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Receiving

Catches

Yards

TDs

Byron Franklin 1 74 1 Ozzie Newsome 4 119 1
Rusty Byrd 1 36 0 Bruce Bolton 1 30 1
Reese McCall 1 14 0 Tim Travis 1 21 0
Joe Cribbs 1 11 0 Tony Nathan 2 15 0
        Johnny Davis 1 4 0

 

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