Auburn's Davis becomes Iron Bowl legend
by Johnathan Bentley
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Auburn cornerback Chris Davis (11) returns a missed field goal attempt 100-plus yards to score the game-winning touchdown as time expired in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against No. 1 Alabama in Auburn on Saturday. Auburn won 34-28. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Auburn cornerback Chris Davis (11) returns a missed field goal attempt 100-plus yards to score the game-winning touchdown as time expired in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against No. 1 Alabama in Auburn on Saturday. Auburn won 34-28. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
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AUBURN — Chris Davis had one mission when he caught Alabama’s missed field goal Saturday night — run.

Davis ended up running into Auburn history.

With no time on the clock and the game seemingly headed to overtime, Davis came up with the ball in the back of the end zone and headed up the field.

More than 100 yards later, Davis was in the end zone being mobbed by teammates, following one of the most unlikely Iron Bowl victories in the series.

Auburn scored 13 points over the final 32 seconds to win for an improbable 34-28 victory.

“It’s a great moment,” Davis said after the victory that sent Auburn fans onto the field at Jordan-Hare Stadium. “This will go down in history. This will be something I look back on and tell my son about. It’s an unbelievable feeling.”

It’s a great moment

Davis initially wasn’t tabbed to be on the field on the last play.

Ryan Smith was going in until Auburn coach Gus Malzahn decided to make the change.

““We switched at the last minute since I had returned punts,” Davis said.

“When I caught the ball, I thought, ‘Just make something happen.” That’s exactly what I did and it’s a miracle.”

The 56-yard attempt, set up after a second was put back on the clock following a review, was Alabama’s fourth missed field goal of the game.

The ensuing result gave Auburn’s its second straight thrilling victory over a rival. The Tigers knocked off Georgia two weeks ago when a deflected pass resulted in Ricardo Louis hauling in a 73-yard game-winning touchdown in the final seconds.

On Saturday, Davis went untouched and was alone for the final 40 yards.

“I tried to set them up one way and go the other way,” Davis said. “I got in the crease.  I just kept thinking, stay in bounds. When I got to the sideline and looked back, I  saw that nobody was near me.  It still hasn’t sunk in yet.”