Auburn upsets Alabama in Iron Bowl, 34-28
AUBURN, Ala. - In the most thrilling of fashions, the No. 4 Auburn Tigers took down the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide 34-28 Saturday night.
On what appeared to be the last play of regulation, Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon stepped out of bounds at the Auburn 38 yard line. After further review, the referees determined that 1 second should be put back on the clock.
Alabama kicker Adam Griffith's 57 yard field goal attempt fell short and Auburn's Chris Davis was waiting deep in his own end zone to return it.
Davis ran back for officially a 100 yard (realistically closer to 109) touchdown to put the game away.
Alabama field goal kickers combined for an 0-for-4 performance, reminiscent of the 2011 LSU-Alabama game where the Tide missed 5 of its field goal opportunities in a 9-6 win for the Tigers.
The win sends Auburn to the SEC Championship game next Saturday in Atlanta.
The last 2 drives for Alabama before the field goal return ended in a turn over on downs on Auburn's 13 yard line and a blocked field goal, respectively.
A field goal on either of those two drives would have put the game away.
After the blocked field goal, Auburn put together a 2 minute game-tying TD drive. The game was tied with a 39-yard TD pass with 32 seconds left in regulation.
Auburn erased a 21-7 second quarter deficit.
This was the second week in a row where a last minute miracle play put Auburn in the win column. Last week against Georgia, Auburn completed a 73 yard desperation pass for the game winning touchdown with 25 seconds remaining.
With the win, Auburn can reach the national championship game with a win next week and some help. Either Ohio State or Florida State would need to lose their respective conference championship games.
If neither of those teams lose, it is probable that the SEC will see it's consecutive national championship streak end at 7.