AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn was able to compete with No. 2 Alabama on Saturday until the Crimson Tide pulled away in the fourth quarter to win 29-13. It was a valiant effort by the 15-point underdog Tigers, but Auburn sophomore running back Peyton Barber felt like the better team lost.
“Don’t get me wrong, they’re (Alabama) a great defense, a great team,” Barber said after the game. “But I don’t feel like they were the better team”
As a team, Auburn was able to move the ball effectively in the first half. The Tigers finished with the first half with 90 rushing yards on 29 carries, but when the clock hit all zeroes in the fourth quarter, Auburn’s total rushing yardage stood at 91.
The Tigers netted one yard in the entire second half on eight rushes, as the coaching staff went to the air. Barber finished the game with just eight carries for 29 yards. After the game, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn explained the decision to pass more in the second half.
“They dared us to throw it,” Malzahn said. “They put an extra guy down (in the box) on first down. Early on, when they did that, we got some yards. We had some trouble in the second half. That was really the biggest difference.”
Barber’s opinion aside, the Crimson Tide walked away with a victory on Saturday night. Auburn had its chances to prove it was the better team, but Alabama made all of the crucial plays late to emerge on top.
You can’t argue with the win column.