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Alabama at Auburn, Nov. 30, 2013
The Setup: The Iron Bowl is always considered one of the nation's best regular-season college football matchups. Auburn and Alabama first played each other in 1893, and as the top two football schools in the state of Alabama, the rivalry has endured for 78 meetings. This year's Iron Bowl was certain to be a good one: The top-ranked Crimson Tide were eyeing a national championship three-peat and the fourth-ranked Tigers, under new coach Gus Malzahn, had their sights set on their second BCS title of the last four years.
The Finish: Alabama started the fourth quarter with a 99-yard touchdown pass from AJ McCarron to Amari Cooper to take a 28-21 lead. On their desperation final drive, Tigers quarterback Nick Marshall hit Sammie Coates for 39 yards and the score to tie with less than a minute to go. The Crimson Tide retook possession with just about 30 seconds to try for a field goal or play for overtime.
Alabama running back TJ Yeldon took the ball to the Auburn 39 but time had run out, and the game was going to overtime. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban disagreed and asked the officials check the replay and they concurred, putting one second back on the clock. With that one second, Alabama lined up to attempt a 56-yard field goal to win the game.
The kick went up, came down just short of reaching the goal posts and into the hands of Auburn's Chris Davis, standing just steps from the end line. Davis took the missed kick, headed for the sideline, blew past Alabama's field goal unit with the aid of a couple of blocks and crossed the goal line with a convoy of jubilant teammates. In all likelihood, Davis' fantastic return ended the Alabama dynasty as Jordan-Hare Stadium was soon engulfed by jubilant Auburn fans.
Final score: Auburn 34, Alabama 28
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