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Alabama freshman safety made crucial plays in Iron Bowl victory

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The University of Alabama got some good craziness to happen for it in Saturday’s Iron Bowl against Auburn.

Jalen Milroe found wide receiver Isaiah Bond for a game-winning, 31-yard touchdown to push the Crimson Tide to a 27-24 victory over the Tigers.

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Milroe and Bond had the play of the game, but a freshman defensive back made some critical plays in the fourth quarter of the Iron Bowl.

Caleb Downs, a former five-star, recorded a tackle for loss and a pass breakup late in regulation to force a field goal from Auburn. The Tigers had a 21-20 lead before the field goal, but Downs’ efforts held Auburn to three and gave Alabama a chance at an incredible touchdown. He also totaled five tackles, moving him to 95 tackles for the season. Downs is five stops away from being the first safety and first true freshman of the Nick Saban era at Alabama to have at least 100 tackles in a season.

He now takes on the marquee program in his home state for an SEC Championship next week in Atlanta, Ga.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith. 

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