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Today: The 2013 Iron Bowl. The one with the Kick Six.
The 2013 Iron Bowl was already going to be legendary before kickoff. Over the last four years, the winner of the Iron Bowl went on to win the NCAA National Championship. This game was at the height of SEC dominance, and 2013 was no exception.
The Alabama Crimson Tide began the season ranked number 1 in the country, and they never dipped below that mark. Bama being ranked the top team in the country was no surprise, especially after their previous year’s thumping of Notre Dame in the National Championship. The Tide was helmed by A.J. McCarron, T.J. Yeldon and Amari Cooper in 2013, and it looked like they were running on all cylinders straight for a third-consecutive National Championship title.
But a familiar foe stood in their way.
For Auburn, the Tigers were looking for a way back to the level of play they enjoyed in the Cam Newton years. With Nick Marshall and Tre Mason powering the offense, Auburn climbed all the way up the ranking to fourth in the nation, where they entered tonight’s contest.
This game is a back and forth effort from both squads, outside of the second quarter where Bama scored 21 unanswered points. However, while Bama thrived on offense, their kicking team struggled. Going into the later part of the fourth quarter Nick Saban opted for tough fourth-down conversions rather than kicking field goals. But that’s what happens when your “perfect since his second kick of the season” kicker is having a tough night.
Cade Foster, Alabama’s kicker, had not missed a kick since his first try of the season. Tonight, however, Foster missed from the 47 and the 33, before getting a kick blocked late in the fourth.
So with the game tied at 28-28, Saban opted for freshman place-kicker Adam Griffith, who had only made one of his three kicks this season, to kick a 57-yard field goal.
A FIFTY-SEVEN YARD FIELD GOAL.
At the back of the endzone, waiting for the kick in case it’s returnable is Chris Davis, one of the handfuls of players remaining from the 2011 National Championship team. And he’s waiting to potentially get some space and take this one to the house.
Will Auburn win the football game?
That’s a good question, perhaps the late-great Rob Bramblett can help us out with that one…
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