Auburn Beats 'Bama With 109-Yard FG Return As Time Runs Out

By Terence P. Jeffrey | November 30, 2013 | 7:51 PM EST

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, Ala., Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. Auburn won 34-28. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

( - No. 4 Auburn defeated No. 1 Alabama today, when Chris Davis caught a field goal attempt 9 yards deep in the end zone--with no time left on the clock--and returned it the length of the field for a touchdown.

The play instantly took its place among the greatest and most dramatic in the history of college football.

With 1 second left on the clock and the score tied at 28, Alabama's Adam Griffith, a red-shirt freshman, lined up to attempt a 56-and-a-half yard field goal in Auburn's Jordan-Hare Stadium. It was Griffith's first attempt of the day. He was sent in to replace Alabama's first-string kicker, senior Cade Foster, who had a tough day, missing two field goal attempts and having a third blocked.

As Griffith stood near midfield preparing to kick, Auburn's star kick returner, Chris Davis, lined up deep in the end zone.

Griffith's kick initially looked like it had a chance, angling toward the right upright. But it fell short--and right into the hands of Davis, who fielded it at least nine yards deep in the end zone, and started to run.

Davis burst out of the end zone and headed toward the left sideline. Near midfield he nearly stepped out of bounds, his cleats striking ground just within the sideline.

Not one Alabama player touched him.

109 yards later--or perhaps 109 and a half yards later--he stepped into the Alabama end zone, giving the Tigers a 34-28 win over the Crimson Tide.

Auburn fans stormed the field in joy, and Alabama fans were left in the stands in silent disbelief, having just witnessed what will surely be remembered as one of the greatest game-winning plays in college football history.