We’re several weeks into our worldwide attempt to “flatten the curve” and have been offering daily escapes into the sporting events of yesteryear through our “Filling The Void” series. We’ve looked back on the inspiring, mind-boggling and remarkable events as well as the ordinary, daily games we’ve been missing in our lives. We here at The Turf Sports sincerely hope you and your loved ones are staying healthy and being safe through these trying days. We’d also like to take a moment to send out a huge THANK YOU to all of those front-line folks keeping society going – from the medical community to those stocking grocery store shelves, delivering supplies around the country or helping us all fight this virus together in some other essential, invaluable way. You are all heroes.
I thought it might be a fun escape to look back on some of the most exciting college football games of this past decade. Without further ado, let the countdown begin!
#5 2011-Notre Dame vs. Michigan
September 10th, 2011 or better known to Wolverine fans as The “Miracle Under The Lights”. A historical night for both the University of Michigan and the NCAA. The Wolverines played their very first night game ever in the Big House to an attendance of a record breaking 114,804 screaming fans. Wow! The only thing crazier than that number was the last 82 seconds of this instant classic. Notre Dame and Michigan combined for three touchdowns in the final minute and a half of play, capped off by a touchdown throw from Denard Robinson to Rory Roundtree with 2 seconds left. Robinson finished the night with 338 yards passing and 108 rushing.
Play of the game: Denard scrambles out to his right and finds Jeremy Gallon at the Notre Dame 45 yard line who runs his way out of bounds at the Notre Dame 16 with 8 seconds left.
#4 2013-Florida State vs. Auburn (BCS Championship)
The last game of the BCS Era definitely deserves its place on this list. It had everything. For starters it was at the Rose Bowl and Bo Jackson and Bobby Bowden were honorary captains! Auburn had a season filled with miracle plays under first year head coach Gus Malzahn. FSU had a phenom redshirt freshman QB by the name of Jameis Winston who had to squint to the sidelines just to see the play calls. The game went back and forth all night until Jameis and Kelvin Benjamin called game with 13 seconds left. The Miracles had run out for Auburn.
Play of the game: Kermit Whitfield’s 100 yard kickoff return touchdown with 4 minutes left in the 4th quarter.
#3 2018 Georgia vs. Oklahoma (CFP Semi-Final)
I hesitate to put this game here because it could very easily be at 1 or 2. This particular Rose Bowl Semi-Final was the first ever to head into overtime, and set the Rose Bowl records for most combined points and largest fourth quarter comeback. Georgia found themselves down 17 before Jake Fromm led them on a game-tying drive with only a minute left in regulation. Georgia also happened to have Nick Chubb and Sony Michel…that seems very unfair looking back.
Play of the game: Sony Michel houses the winning touchdown on a direct snap in double overtime.
#2 2018 Georgia vs. Alabama (CFP Championship)
Many believed Alabama shouldn’t have even been in the 2018 playoffs after losing to Auburn and missing the SEC championship game. I was one of those people. I was wrong. After thoroughly embarrassing the top seeded Clemson Tigers, Jalen Hurts and Alabama turned their attention to the Bulldogs. Georgia led 13-0 at the half and was absolutely smothering Alabama on defense. Enter true freshman Tua Tagavailoa. His introduction to the college football world was in a National Championship game against a rival. Wild! Spoiler alert: he didn’t disappoint as he led Alabama to a 26-23 overtime victory.
Play of the game: Tua finds receiver DeVonta Smith for a 41 yard game winning touchdown. Fans have named this play “2nd and 26”
#1 2013 Auburn vs. Alabama
KICK SIX! This is the only choice for #1. Easily the craziest game I’ve ever witnessed. Auburn needed more than one miracle this year to make it to the BCS Championship game but this was by far the biggest of them all. Down 28-21 in the 4th Quarter with just over 3 minutes left, Auburn blocked a 53 yard field goal attempt and then tied the game on a Nick Marshall connection to Sammy Coates. The game was tied 28-28 with 32 seconds left. Alabama drove the ball down to the last second before trying a controversial 57 yard field goal that led to Chris Davis and the Kick Six. An instant classic for The Iron Bowl series.
Play of the game: So many in this one, but if I had to pick one I’d go with the blocked field goal with 2:32 left on the clock. It set everything up for Auburn to have a chance.
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