The capper to Auburn’s thrilling comeback win over Texas A&M last Saturday brought up memories of the famous Kick Six, as Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn and Auburn sports broadcaster Rod Bramblett discussed Thursday night on their Tiger Talk radio show.
Auburn celebrated its win once Saturday as a Texas A&M Hail Mary fell wide and the final seconds ticked off the game clock in Jordan-Hare Stadium, but teams were pushed back to the sideline after the play went into review, and officials determined that one second needed to be put back onto the clock based on when the pass fell incomplete.
After one more stop, Auburn celebrated its victory all over again.
In Auburn’s famous last-second win over Alabama in 2013, the two teams looked to be headed to overtime, tied as time expired, before a review instigated by Alabama head coach Nick Saban put one second back on the clock and allowed Alabama to attempt a last-second field goal in a bid to win.
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. There’s no doubt,” Malzahn laughed over the airwaves Thursday, speaking on last Saturday’s finish.
“We’ve experienced a little of everything in the last six years here at home,” he said, after pointing to how the similar situations played out both in the Texas A&M game and in the 2013 Iron Bowl.
Malzahn said that, Saturday, he had already shaken hands with Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher and that his team was preparing for a postgame prayer when word got around on the field that the game’s last play was put under review.
Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond had just thrown his Hail Mary to the end zone from the Texas A&M 41-yard line, before he got the chance to try to fire another on a second last-gasp effort.
Thursday night, Malzahn and Bramblett recalled how Auburn coaches working from the skybox, including offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey and defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, 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.”
Lindsey and Steele were on the field for Auburn’s final game-winning play. When Mond dropped back to throw another deep Hail Mary, the Tigers’ Nick Coe pulled him down for a sack, and the game officially ended.
“I know Nick Coe was probably the happiest that they put one second back on the clock, because he ended up getting another sack, and he’s the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week,” Malzahn joked. “He may have been the only one happy about it.”
Auburn won 28-24 after overcoming a 24-14 deficit in the fourth quarter.
Auburn plays at Georgia at 6 p.m. on Saturday.