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Flashback: Bo went the wrong way, and the Tide scored the upset in 1984

Note: Every day 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. The next flashback will pop up on the blog Friday morning at 9.

Alabama scored a huge upset in the 1984 Iron Bowl, winning 17-15.

The Crimson Tide already had clinched its first losing season since 1957, but had enough gas to knock off Auburn. The Tigers would’ve won the SEC’s berth in the Sugar Bowl with a victory.

The Crimson Tide led by two points with 4:25 to play when Auburn faced fourth-and-goal from the Tide 1. Rather than kick a field goal, Auburn coach Pat Dye elected to go for it. Halfback Brent Fullwood got the ball but got stopped by Alabama safety Rory Turner (No. 37). The other halfback, Bo Jackson (No. 34), went the wrong way on the play, and in the video, you can see him bump into Fullwood.

Play-by-play announcer Al Michaels delivered this understatement: “And they will talk about that play for years.”

You still see this play on the “Tradition” video played before Alabama home games.

Auburn got one more try, but Robert McGinty‘s 42-yard field goal try on the last play went wide left. In the spring, Dye refused to award McGinty a scholarship, and he transferred to Florida. In 1986, McGinty kicked a 51-yarder as the Gators beat Auburn 18-17.

The video includes several postgame interviews, including one with a young Mike Shula.

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