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On a Kick and a Prayer

2013 was the season for two unbelievable outcomes in SEC football. Both of those outcomes involved the Auburn Tigers and they both occurred within a two-week span.

Two single plays that would symbolize the lore of great SEC football.

The Prayer at Jordan-Hare, November 16, 2013

The longest-running rivalry in the SEC met on the Plains at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama.

#7 Auburn vs #25 Georgia.

Both teams combined for 58 first downs and 1098 yards of total offense.

Auburn led at halftime 27–10 but had been outscored by the Bulldogs 28–16 in the second half.

Georgia QB Aaron Murray finished with 415 yards passing and 2 TDs and had scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 5-yard run with 1:49 left on the clock.

One more chance for Auburn.

With 0:25 left in the game, Auburn QB Nick Marshall threw a 73-yard Hail Mary pass downfield. The pass was actually deflected by two Georgia defenders, but the ball was tipped up and forward in the air and was caught in stride by WR Ricardo Louis who ran for the game-winning score and War Eagle immortality.

Auburn 43 — Georgia 38

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The Kick Six, November 30, 2013

The Iron Bowl was played on the Plains that season. #1 Alabama vs #4 Auburn.

The Tigers were down 21–14 at halftime but outscored the Crimson Tide 20–7 in the second half.

Auburn QB Nick Marshall connected with WR Sammie Coates on a 39-yard TD pass to tie the game at 28–28 with 0:32 left on the clock.

On the ensuing Alabama possession, the Auburn defense had a little left in the tank. With 0:01 left on the clock, the Tide lined up for a 57-yard field goal attempt by a 2nd string redshirt freshman kicker, instead of taking a knee and sending the game into overtime.

The kick sailed toward the uprights but was well short and was caught in mid-air by Auburn KR Chris Davis. Alabama had their field goal unit on the field, no one with any speed to corral Davis in the open field.

No one present at that game was prepared for what would happen next just 100-yards from where Davis stood.

Davis took off running toward the left sideline and the Auburn bench. He eluded a couple of would-be tacklers, tight-roped the sideline and staying in-bounds and returned the kick the length of the field for the game winning touchdown.

Pandemonium erupted on the sideline, in the stands, and in the press box. The green turf at Jordan-Hare turned the color of navy blue and orange.

Auburn 34 — Alabama 28

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Arguably, two of the greatest plays in SEC football history involving the same team in the same season. And Auburn wasn’t done.

Auburn went on to win the 2013 SEC Championship (a 59–42 win over Missouri). They rose to #2 in the AP Poll and faced the Florida State Seminoles in the last act of the BCS Championship. Auburn lost 34–31

The Tigers finished the 2013 season at 12–2 as the national runner-up. It was a season where prayers were answered, legends were made, and War Eagle soared majestically across the Plains.

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