Fantastic Finishes Propel Auburn To SEC Title Game
December 2, 2013 in Sports News
Against all odds, two games in a row against two major opponents, the Auburn Tigers have pulled big games out of the fire in the waning moments. Both winning plays were spectacular, improbable… and thoroughly exhilarating to Auburn fans, . and totally exasperating to the fans of SEC rivals Georgia and Alabama.
After the immaculate tipped and juggled reception by Ricardo Louis that beat the Georgia Bulldogs, devoted Auburn fans began to whisper about a certain magic taking place down on the field that they were sure would continue into the upcoming confrontation with arch rival Alabama.
They may have been right! That touchdown changed the fortunes of the teams still in contention for the SEC Championship.
If you were betting on Auburn that day, the tipped pass may indeed have appeared heaven sent. If however you had your money on the Georgia Bulldogs, what happened at the end of that game could not have come from heaven, hardly! Aaron Murry passed for 415 yards for 2 touchdowns and then rushed for 2 more, and still lost the game.
No one knows how much money was won or lost on that play. Fortunes changed in an instant for both sides. Auburn was favored to beat the ‘Dawgs… and they did cover, if just barely. Over bettors were sitting pretty as Georgia put up 21 points in the fourth quarter and pushed the total over the projected 66.5.
The annual Iron Bowl between the neighboring Universities of Alabama and Auburn was played this year at Auburn and turned out to be one of the best games of the year, so far. The Tigers of Auburn scored first and the two teams played neck and neck for the first half which ended with the Crimson Tide leading 21-14.
Auburn held Alabama scoreless for the third quarter but the Tide rolled up another touchdown in the fourth to take the lead 28-21. Then Tiger quarterback Nick Marshall tossed a 39 yard to Sammy Coates to tie the game with only seconds remaining on the clock.
Instead of being content with going into overtime, Nick Saban elected to try a long field goal by a kicker who had already missed three on the day. The kick was a little short and Chris Davis was waiting under the goal posts. He ran the ball back the length of the field for a TD and Auburn finally beat mighty Alabama in front of a roaring home crowd.
The Auburn Tigers will now play in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta on December 7th.