"One of the first things my dad said to me after LSU was ‘hit a game winner against Georgia or Alabama and you won't remember it," Vaughn says. "I was just trying to do what I can. I thought was played great tonight and it was team victory."
"I told myself ‘if you get out there for another chance like this just be on a mission'," Vaughn adds. "Just be aggressive and aim for the heart and drive it as far down the middle as you possibly can."
Vaughn boots the winner against the Dogs.
To get an opportunity for the kick the Tigers first had to get in position and that meant a clutch fourth down throw and catch from Brandon Cox to Devin Aromashodu. Running after the catch towards the goal line, Aromashodu fumbled into the endzone where it was recovered by Courtney Taylor. While it wasn't a touchdown and instead moved out to the three yard line, Vaughn says he had a sense it would come down to him.
"I was happy," Vaughn notes when he realized the Tigers were in position for the win. "We still had a chance to bang it in for a touchdown, but I might get a chance to do something to try to redeem myself a little bit from a couple of weeks ago. The coaches centered it up. Great blocking, great snap from Chas Crofoot, great hold from Matthew Motley, all I had to do was kick it."
Unlike many teams, Auburn doesn't believe in the superstition that you shouldn't talk to the kicker before a big try. Saturday night was a perfect example of that as Vaughn says that several teammates came and gave him a word of encouragement before the final boot.
"A lot of people came and talked to me," Vaughn says. "Mix (Anthony Mix) talked about me hitting a game winner this week. He was like ‘I told you'. Calvin Booker's locker is next to mine for practice and we always talk about stuff like this. I had a handful of guys come up. Cox (Brandon Cox) came up and I said ‘thanks for getting me down there'."
With the kick Vaughn moved the Tigers to 8-2 overall and set up a showdown with rival Alabama next Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium. Vaughn says that the win was huge for the Tigers against a very high quality opponent.
"That's about as good as it gets," Vaughn says. "Especially going from the lowest of the lows a couple of weeks ago to as high as it gets. Fortunate to come out on top this time. The season is not over. What a great feeling, a great feeling. The offense and defense played amazing. We tip our hat to Georgia. They played a great game. We were fortunate to come out on top."