Flashback: Tiffin’s kick decides the 1985 Iron Bowl

Note: Every evening this week, we’ll give you video of an exciting moment in Iron Bowl history. Sorry, Auburn fans, this is The Daily Bama Blog, so they’re all from Crimson Tide wins. Check back every day.

Van Tiffin‘s memorable kick decided the 1985 Iron Bowl, but Alabama set up the game-winning field goal with a drive that was just as amazing.

Before Tiffin booted Alabama to a 25-23 win, the Crimson Tide got the ball at its own 20 with 57 seconds to play. Maybe the most incredible part of the series is that Alabama suffered a quarterback sack, and usually, a negative play like that with so little time to play will ruin any comeback.

Even so, Alabama rallied. Auburn’s Heisman Trophy winner, Bo Jackson, celebrated a birthday on that day, which spawned a popular T-shirt: Happy birthday Bo from Van Tiffin’s toe.

If you would like to read an excellent story about the game, click here to read a piece written by Keith Dunnavant for Crimsonreplay.com.

We have video for you of the last drive. Somebody recorded it years ago off television, but the quality is fine.

Here’s the play-by-play of the final series:

Yard line, down-distance, play result
UA 20, 1-10, Mike Shula pass incomplete
UA 20, 2-10, Shula sacked for minus-8 yards
UA 12, 3-10, Shula to Gene Jelks for 14 yards
UA 26, 4-4, Al Bell 20-yard run
UA 46, 1-10, Shula pass incomplete
UA 46, 2-10, Shula to Greg Richardson for 19 yards
AU 35, 1-10, Van Tiffin 52-yard field goal good

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