TUSCALOOSA, Alabama (Ticker) -- Auburn continues to feel right at home in Tuscaloosa.
Jason Campbell tossed a pair of first-quarter touchdown passes to Robert Johnson and the defense did the rest as the Tigers posted a 17-7 victory over Alabama in the 66th edition of the Iron Bowl.
"We knew coming in we had to throw the football," Campbell said. "We were willing to work hard."
Auburn (8-4, 5-3) remained unbeaten against Alabama in Tuscaloosa, improving to 4-0, but was eliminated from the Southeastern Conference West Division race when Louisiana State defeated Mississippi on Saturday.
"This is as sweet as ever," Johnson said. "I had the opportunity to play a big part and did that today. We just all played together. We came in as the underdog and came out on top."
"It was fun to watch us have fun," Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville said. "There haven't been a lot of things going good for us lately. This group believes in what they're doing. It doesn't get any better than winning the Iron Bowl on the road."
Alabama did not even score against Auburn in the previous three meetings here. The Crimson Tide (9-3, 6-2) finally ended that streak of futility on Santonio Beard's two-yard TD run with 6:40 left in the third quarter.
The Tigers rebounded from last week's loss to Georgia and concluded their regular season on a high note. However, Auburn will be eliminated from the SEC West race if Louisiana State beats Mississippi on Saturday.
The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for Alabama, which was coming off a 31-0 victory at LSU.
"I thought we were very ready to play," Alabama coach Dennis Franchione said. "I thought that they (Auburn) played well. They just got us out of sync."
The Crimson Tide got a taste of their own medicine as they were held to just 111 yards on the ground after rushing for 300 last week. Alabama ran for 328 yards in last season's 31-7 victory over Auburn.
The Crimson Tide, who conclude their season next week at Hawaii, had already clinched the best record in the SEC West but they are not eligible for the SEC championship game due to their probation.
"Its always tough to go out losing," Alabama quarterback Tyler Watts said. "Every loss is tough. But we're just thankful for the things we have accomplished."
Alabama had a chance to get back in the game early in the fourth quarter, but Shaud Williams was stopped for a one-yard gain on a fourth-and-5 pass from the Auburn 43.
With under four minutes left, a a 20-yard completion to Sam Collins gave Alabama a first down at the Auburn 36. But Brodie Croyle was sacked for a 10-yard loss on the next play and Alabama's hopes ended when cornerback Carlos Rogers intercepted Croyle's fourth-down pass.
Campbell overcame five sacks to complete 10-of-18 passes for 169 yards, including scoring strikes of 14 and 11 yards to Johnson in the first quarter.
Damon Duval kicked a 40-yard field goal with 2:24 remaining in the second quarter to give Auburn a 17-0 halftime lead.
Ronnie Brown, Auburn's leading rusher, joined Carnell "Cadillac" Williams on the sidelines with an injury, but true freshman Tre Smith picked up the slack by running for 126 yards on 25 carries.
"Nobody gave us a chance today," Smith said. "Only Auburn fans and those who knew the program gave us a chance. Everybody was talking so much junk, especially about me. We showed everybody we can do it."
Neither Alabama quarterback was effective. Watts completed just 11-of-21 passes for 121 yards and Croyle was 7-of-16 for 83 yards with an interception.
The loss cut Alabama's lead in the all-time series to 37-28-1.