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November 30, 2013

AUBURN NOTEBOOK: Davis' return caps off sensational turnaround for Tigers

AUBURN — A year ago Saturday, Auburn's football team walked off the field at Bryant-Denny Stadium in a state of dreadful misery.

Two days later, the Gene Chizik era came to a merciless end.

Less than two weeks after that, the Gus Malzahn era began.

When the Tigers kicked off the 2013 season against Washington State, media pundits around the country predicted them to be a "six- to seven-win" team.

Little did they know, Malzahn had other plans in mind.

It started with three straight victories before a tough loss to LSU. Since then, Auburn has reeled off eight consecutive victories — including triumphs over Texas A&M and Georgia, two teams that pounded the Tigers last season.

However, what's happened so far this year pales in comparison to what took place on Saturday night on the Plains.

Two weeks after the Miracle in Jordan-Hare, something even more amazing happened.

Senior Chris Davis, who's had his share of ups and downs throughout his career, made one of the greatest plays in Auburn — and arguably, college — football history.

His 109-yard march down the sideline will forever be remembered by anyone in attendance on that cold November night.

"The first thing I'm looking at is does it have enough distance," Malzahn said. "When I saw that it didn't, my eyes kind of got on Chris. We got some very good blocks and made an unbelievable play there at the end to win."

It was just the fourth time in NCAA history a player has returned a missed field goal for a touchdown. The last had come from LSU's Odell Beckham against UAB back in Week 2 of the season.

Davis' return did more than win a single football game. It also capped a turnaround for the ages.

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