Auburn shocks Alabama with game-winning missed field goal return TD in final second
NOV 30, 2013 7:45p ET
Oh, nothing. Just a 109-yard missed field goal return touchdown to win the Iron Bowl with no time left on the clock for the home team.
After a 99-yard touchdown pass from AJ McCarron to Amari Cooper with 10:28 to go broke a 21-21 tie, the teams traded scoreless drives until late in the quarter. Crimson Tide kicker Cade Foster, already 0-2 on field goals in the game, had a 44-yard attempt blocked with just over three minutes to play.
Alabama seemed content to play for overtime until T.J. Yeldon broke off a 24-yard run to the Auburn 38-yard line. The clock ran out as he was forced out of bounds but replays showed his foot hit the chalk with one second to go. Officials added the second back to give the Tide one last chance.
Rather than try a Hail Mary or play it safe with another run, Alabama head coach Nick Saban opted to trot out redshirt freshman kicker Adam Griffith for a 57-yard field goal try. It fell short and into the waiting arms of Auburn's Chris Davis, who was roughly nine yards back in his own end zone. Davis returned the kick the length of the field for the winning touchdown (officially a 100-yard return) with no time remaining.
Here's the incredible ending:
Saban will surely take some heat for the decision to try a long field goal with an inexperienced kicker and limited athleticism on the field to defend the scenario that unfolded. The loss almost certainly ends Alabama's hopes to play in the BCS title game.
With the win, Auburn clinched the SEC West and earned a spot in next weekend's SEC title game in Atlanta.
The result is great news for BCS No. 2 Florida State and No. 3 Ohio State, who now seem to be in the drivers' seats for the BCS title game. Let the debate begin about whether a one-loss Auburn team with a robust SEC resume would deserve a spot ahead of those two if it can win next week.
The last three winners of the Iron Bowl have went on to win the BCS title.