Caldwell Column: Top of the List

Not sure we'll see one quite like Auburn's amazing 43-38 win over the Georgia Bulldogs thanks to Ricardo Louis' answered hail mary.

I was born the year of ‘Punt Bama Punt' in 1972 and witnessed ‘The Catch' from Patrick Nix to Frank Sanders in 1993 and again in 1994. I have seen my fair share of Auburn games and never have I seen an ending like the one Nick Marshall and Ricardo Louis delivered on Saturday against the Georgia Bulldogs.

It wasn't just the deflection that resulted in the catch and run for the 73-yard score on fourth and 18. That would be enough to put it at the top of the list, but it was a game that was dominated by the Tigers only to see Aaron Murray and the Bulldogs take the lead back with just 1:49 left thanks to his second rushing touchdown of the game.

Surging out to a commanding 37-17 lead with a Cody Parkey field goal with 12:39 left in the game, Auburn appeared to be in cruise control. With 322 rushing yards at that time against a Georgia team allowing just 126 per game coming in, the Tigers were dominating the play. But give Murray credit he showed the player he is in the final moments of the game.

Completing 11-16 passes in the final 15 minutes for 160 yards, Murray put the Bulldogs on his back and almost snatched a win from the jaws of defeat. Only this Auburn team wouldn't have any of that and neither would the sellout crowd at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Never giving in despite facing the most dire of circumstances, everyone was around to see Louis make one of the greatest catches in the long and illustrious history at Auburn. It wasn't an easy catch by any stretch of the imagination. Having to find the football directly over his head before hauling it in by just his fingertips, Louis kept the dream alive for a team that has focused on the next play all season long.

Nobody would have ever guessed that next play would be the one that will never be forgotten.

Auburn still had to make plays on defense to secure the win, however, as Murray got the Bulldogs into scoring position with just seconds remaining. Forcing a wild throw on the next to last play of the game, the Tigers lined up for one final stop with just three seconds left on the clock. Like he's done all season, senior Dee Ford delivered when he was needed most.

Burying Murray as his final pass fell harmlessly to the green turf of Pat Dye Field, Ford's never-say-die attitude shows throughout this Auburn team that has beaten the odds all season long.

Predicted to finish near the bottom of the SEC's Western Division after winning just three games last season, the Tigers are now 10-1 with one final massive game left against rival Alabama to close things out. It will be another case of people believing the run will be over for this group of amazing Tigers.

And I wouldn't bet against them.

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