Sammie Coates

Auburn receiver Sammie Coates finished the first half with four catches for 153 yards

TUSCALOOSA— At the end of the first half the No. 15 Auburn Tigers lead the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide 26-21.

The Crimson Tide led most of the first half, but Auburn scored 10 points in the final 1:23 of the first half to take the lead into the locker room.

Alabama gained the lead back from Auburn after trailing 16-14 with 1:23 left in the half on a 1-yard touchdown run from TJ Yeldon on fourth and goal to make it 21-16.

With 55 seconds left Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall hit receiver Sammie Coates on a 61-yard touchdown pass to make to make it 23-21.

On the next Alabama possession Alabama quarterback Blake Sims was intercepted by Auburn’s Jonathan Ford.

The next play Marshall again connected with Coates for a 40-yard gain setting up first and goal. Auburn kicker Daniel Carlson then added three points for the Tigers as time expired in the first half.

Auburn performed well in the first half offensively by outgaining Alabama with 383 yards of total offense to Alabama’s 178, but Alabama’s red zone defense was just as good.

Four times Auburn was inside the Alabama 10-yard line and all four times Auburn was held to a field goal.

Sims was picked off twice in the first half and both interceptions led to points for the Tigers.

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