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Auburn Wins Stunner to Destroy Alabama’s Shot at a Three-Peat

Chris Davis #11 of the Auburn Tigers returns a missed field goal for the winning touchdown in their 34 to 28 win over the Alabama Crimson Tide
Chris Davis #11 of the Auburn Tigers returns a missed field goal for the winning touchdown in their 34 to 28 win over the Alabama Crimson Tide (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Chris Davis returned a missed field goal over 100 yards for a touchdown on the final play to give the fourth-ranked Tigers a 34-28 thriller against the No. 1 Crimson Tide. Listen to the call here.

Davis caught Adam Griffith’s 57-yard attempt near the back of the end zone, then sprinted up the left side before cutting right with nothing but teammates surrounding him.

The win destroys Alabama’s shot at a third consecutive national championship.

Listen to the call of Chris Davis’ return

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Moments earlier, Auburn was complaining after officials put one second on the clock following T.J. Yeldon’s run to the Tigers 39. Time initially had expired, but officials added the second following video review.

Davis capped a wild game in which the Tigers trailed 21-7 in the second quarter and 28-21 in the final minute. Alabama grabbed its final lead when AJ McCarron connected with Amari Cooper on a school-record 99-yard touchdown with 10:28 remaining. McCarron’s TD heave appeared to be the game-winner until Nick Marshall threw a 39-yard scoring strike to Sammie Coates with just 32 seconds left.

McCarron was 17 of 29 for 277 and three touchdowns and no interceptions. Marshall completed 11 of his 16 passes but had just 58 passing yards until his last-minute scoring toss to Coates.

Auburn was playing for the first time since Ricardo Louis scored a 73-yard touchdown pass off a deflection with 25 seconds left to give the Tigers a 43-38 win over Georgia on Nov. 16.

The outcome puts the Tigers in the SEC title game and in contention for a spot in the BCS championship game just a year after a 3-9 season. The Crimson Tide fall to 11-1 and likely puts them in line for a berth in the Sugar Bowl.

 

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