This 13 x 19 framed print by Grant Davis depicts Auburn’s Chris Davis’ incredible kick return against Alabama in the Iron Bowl.
The print is entitled
“The Second Miracle”
referring not only to the 1 second remaining on the clock but also the incredible fact that this was the second miracle play to occur in two consecutive games.
The most memorable play in a generation for Auburn has been replaced by perhaps the greatest play in college football history. In a season of miracles for the Tigers, there has never been – and never will be – one bigger than Chris Davis’ 109-yard return to dethrone No. 1 Alabama, 34-28.
As the 78th Iron Bowl ended and pandemonium erupted, with a dogpile of Auburn players in the end zone and thousands of fans rushing onto the field, there was mostly disbelief. About the entire game, which had turned wild even before the last play. About the stakes for Alabama, which seemed headed toward a third consecutive national title. About what it meant for Auburn, which has turned 3-9 last season into 11-1 and a trip to Saturday’s Southeastern Conference championship game in its first year under Gus Malzahn. But mostly about the massive amount of destiny that seems to be riding with the Tigers this season.
“We talked about that we wanted to keep it close, and if we could get it to the fourth quarter playing at home, with our crowd, we would find a way to win,” Malzahn said. “You know, the way we won the last two weeks is really unbelievable.”
Think fate isn’t on Auburn’s side?
Officials actually signaled that regulation ended after Yeldon ran to the Auburn 38 before being shoved out of bounds; only after video replay did they put one second back on the clock. It turned out that was just enough time for Alabama to make a momentous decision: It would send freshman Adam Griffith out for a 57-yard field goal.
“The wind was behind him, one second left, so you’re thinking what could go wrong if he gets it up?” Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs said. “The worst thing you think is it may get blocked.”