TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Auburn might have dug a hole even it can't dig out of.
The No. 2 Tigers have been overwhelmed after 30 minutes, trailing No. 11 Alabama 24-7 at halftime at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
The Crimson Tide raced to a 24-0 lead, out-gaining the Tigers 314 to 2 midway through the second quarter.
Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy carved up the Auburn defense, going 19-for-23 for a career-high 335 yards and two touchdowns. Julio Jones had seven catches for 174 yards and a score.
The Tide, which hadn't score a first quarter touchdown in the Iron Bowl since 1996, scored three Saturday to race to a 21-0 lead.
Mark Ingram scored on the opening drive from 9 yards out before a busted coverage left Jones wide open on a 68-yard score.
An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Auburn tackle Nick Fairley allowed the Tide to convert on fourth down on the next drive. A few plays later McElroy hit Darius Hanks on a 12-yard touchdown pass to make it 21-0 after 13 minutes.
Auburn, which entered the game with the No. 6 offense in the country, didn't get a first down until 18 minutes in.
Cam Newton, the SEC's leading rusher, had nine carries for minus-10 yards. Auburn, which has topped 300 rushing yards in six straight SEC games, has minus-10 yards as a team as well.
The Tigers showed some signs of life before halftime. After Alabama's Jeremy Shelley made it 24-0 with a 20-yard field goal, Newton hooked up with Emory Blake for a 36-yard touchdown that cut the lead to 24-7.