No. 2 Alabama surges past No. 15 Auburn, 55-44

Nov 30, 2014 1:01 AM

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Amari Cooper tied his own school record with 224 yards receiving and caught three touchdown passes in No. 2 Alabama's 55-44 comeback victory over No. 15 Auburn on Saturday night in the highest-scoring Iron Bowl.

Quarterback Blake Sims and the Crimson Tide (11-1, 7-1 Southeastern Conference) turned to the Heisman Trophy candidate for touchdowns of 39 and 75 yards in the third quarter.

Alabama had already clinched a spot in the SEC championship game against No. 17 Missouri but the top team in the College Football Playoff rankings scored 28 consecutive points heading into the final seconds.

Auburn (8-4, 4-4) surged ahead 36-27 before losing its third straight SEC game in a season that once also carried playoff hopes.

Sims passed for 312 yards and four touchdowns but was also intercepted three times. Auburn's Nick Marshall had 456 yards passing, 206 to Sammie Coates.

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