Written by Cole Locascio
10. Dee Ford - Aaron Murray Takedown
After pulling off the first of Auburn’s miraculous feats, there was still work to be done on the defensive front. Georgia slowly churned their way down the field in an effort to catch Auburn’s winded defense by surprise for a score in the final minute of the game. Pulling up at around the 20 yard line, with a few ticks left on the clock, it was lockdown time for the Auburn defense. Murray dropped back to pass, was under pressure from the outside, decided to step up in the pocket before getting laid out by Dee Ford with the pass falling incomplete to end the game.
9. Nick Marshall - Touchdown Pass To Tie Alabama
Nick Marshall and Gus Malzahn were on the same page for this one. Both of the offensive minds could see the corner biting on the read-option, so Nick told Gus to run the same play -- he agreed. Same play, read-option to the left, Nick keeps it, looks like he'll get tackled in the backfield, no -- he's going to throw it, and he has Coates wide-open! Touchdown Auburn. Tie ball game.
8. Marcus Davis - 3rd Down Catch
Down by three, Auburn needed a third down conversion to keep the drive alive. At midfield with 1:55 to go in the game, Nick Marshall and the Auburn offense faced a 3rd & 9 situation at Kyle Field. A bullet throw to the sidelines intended for Marcus Davis is caught and braced on the helmet of Davis as he finally pulls it in for a big gain, which would then set-up an eventual Auburn score to take the lead and the win against the seventh-ranked Aggies.
7. Tre Mason - Touchdown Run Against FSU
This run would’ve been much higher on the list if the following events had a different result. Nonetheless, this was an amazing run by the Heisman finalist, Mason, as he broke four tackles on his way to the endzone to put the Tigers on top with 1:19 left in the game.
6. Dee Ford - Final Sack on Johnny Manziel
At the time, this felt like a true David vs. Goliath type of story. Auburn, winless in the SEC in 2012, visiting the Texas A&M Aggies in College Station. It was only fitting that the game ended with Dee Ford planting the Heisman trophy winner, Johnny Manziel, straight into the ground. This was the play that signified that the Auburn Tigers were back.
5. Sammie Coates - Stiff Arm
Who knew Sammie Coates had strength like this? After being wrapped up, and what looked to be a sure tackle, Coates threw the Aggie defensive back to the ground with a WWE-style bodyslam. Oh, and he also got a first down out of it, too.
4. C.J. Uzomah - Game-Winning Touchdown Catch
A very underrated play of Auburn's 2013 campaign -- the first reason being that is was towards the beginning of the season, and the second is that I can think of two plays in particular that overshadowed this one towards the end of the year. I'll be honest -- I was perfectly content with just killing the clock and kicking a field goal to send this game to overtime, so what does Gus do? The exact opposite of what I want. Turns out it worked for him this time... who knew?
3. Nick Marshall - Tipped Catch Off Defender
A bad pass turned into one of the most athletic plays I've seen in my lifetime. Nick Marshall rolled out to his left in an attempt to find an open receiver, but instead his pass tipped off the hands of a Bulldog defensive back and back into his own. Any sane quarterback would've just fallen to the ground to praise the football gods that it wasn't an interception, but what does Nick Marshall do? Spins and runs wild down the sideline for a huge gain.
2. Ricardo Louis - Miracle In Jordan-Hare
Here's the first obvious choice for the top two spots of the year. I'll admit it, I thought this game was over. 4th & 18 with 36 seconds on the clock? No way, stick a fork in it -- we're done. After blowing a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter, it was about to be one of the biggest meltdowns in Auburn football history. So when Nick Marshall threw a long-ball straight into the vicinity of two Georgia defenders, I was ready to grab my shaker and leave Jordan-Hare in a furious, rage-filled mess. "And Louis caught it on the deflection, Louis is gonna score, Louis is gonna score... A miracle in Jordan-Hare!"
1. Chris Davis - Kick Six
Nothing could top the end of the Georgia game, right? Right?!
Just two weeks later, in the biggest game of the season, the greatest play of the season, no -- the greatest play in college football history occurred. After fighting to get one second back on the clock to kick a field goal, Nick Saban sends out his backup kicker, Adam Griffith, to attempt a 57-yard field goal for the win. Kick's up, oh no... it looks good -- nope, it's short. Wait, he can return that, can't he? He's got room, but surely someone will end up knocking him out of bounds. 35, 40, 45, 50, 45, 40 -- he's gonna do it, he's gonna do it! Ballgame.
Be careful what you wish for, Nick.