Auburn has seen just about everything possible in the waning seconds of games at Jordan-Hare Stadium in recent years. To call it a rollercoaster of emotions may be an understatement.
Last week’s win over Texas A&M came down to the final second after an official review ruled that the previous pass fell incomplete. Ultimately, Auburn celebrated following a Hail Mary pass that didn’t connect.
Then in the nicknamed 2013 game, Alabama coach Nick Saban argued to put one second back on the clock and allowed Alabama try a last-second field goal attempt. Instead, the attempt fell short and Auburn’s Chris Davis returned the kick 109 yards for the game-winning touchdown.
“That was a different deal,” coach Gus Malzahn said on his radio show Thursday night. “There’s no doubt. We’ve experienced a little of everything in the last six years here at home.”
Malzahn added that at the Texas A&M game, he’d already shaken hands with Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher and that his team was preparing for a postgame prayer when he learned the last play was under review.
It was quite a scene, he said Thursday, as Auburn assistant coaches in the skybox were on their way onto the field after what they thought was the game-sealing play the first time around.
“We had to get organized,” Malzahn said. “It was a pretty chaotic situation — even on their sideline too. They were in the locker room and came back out.”