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November 30, 2013

TALKIN' TIGERS: Hyped Iron Bowl doesn't disappoint

AUBURN —

Jordan-Hare Stadium crackled with excitement in anticipation for one of the biggest Iron Bowls in the history of the state. 

 

The crowd intensity from pregame all the way to kickoff was, quite simply, palpable.

 

No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Auburn was awaiting those in attendance and around the country watching from home.

 

On the line? Bragging rights for the next 364 days and a trip to Atlanta to play in the Southeastern Conference championship game next Saturday.

 

And, in a long-standing rivalry with myriad great contests and moments, Saturday's bout between the two teams may have just been the greatest of all.

 

Like a couple of heavyweights, the Tide and Tigers exchanged blow after blow throughout the tightly contested game all the way to the end of the fourth quarter.

 

With just one second remaining before overtime, Alabama lined up for a potential game-winning, 56-yard field goal. 

 

And then the unthinkable happened — again.

 

Adam Griffith's kick fell just short of its distance mark into the waiting hands of Chris Davis, who proceeded to race 109 yards for the touchdown to cap off one of the greatest Iron Bowls ever.

 

It was yet another miraculous end to an Auburn football game.

 

Davis' return has sealed the Tigers' season as one of the greatest turnarounds of all-time. It's also labeled this group of players as a team of destiny.

 

One year after a coaching change and 49-0 loss to the Tide, Auburn has fought its way back to the top of the heap as an elite program.

 

No one in the world could have imagined it would've happened so quickly.

 

As the Tiger faithful celebrate one of the school's crowning achievements, they must remember to say an extra "thank you" to Gus Malzahn for what he's done.

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