No. 3 Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban is often one to find faults in a win, but he had no complaints about his team's four overtime, 24-22, victory over the unranked Auburn Tigers in the Iron Bowl on Saturday night.
“Most of the time I remember the ones we lose,” Saban said after the win, via Yahoo Sports. “I think I’ll remember this one because of the way our players competed in the game. It was a great comeback.”
Saban, 70, called it "a special win" and told his players after the game that it's a victory "you should always remember." He even joined the Crimson Tide players in the locker room for a dance party.
Play this on loop forever. pic.twitter.com/om7YhsXIW4— Bryant-Denny Stadium (@BryantDenny_UA) November 28, 2021
Alabama trailed 10-0 in the fourth quarter, but kicked a field goal with just under nine minutes left and then tied the game with a 28-yard touchdown pass from Bryce Young to Ja'Corey Brooks with under a minute to go. After trading touchdowns and field goals in the first two overtimes, then successful two-point conversions in a third overtime, Alabama finally got the win with a stop on defense followed by a throw from Young to John Metchie III in a fourth overtime.
The Crimson Tide already locked up the SEC West title a week prior, so a trip to the SEC Championship was a given, regardless of the Saturday result. However, the win kept alive Alabama's hopes of a spot in the College Football Playoff, although that may require beating the No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs.