Ball tips Auburn's way in win over Georgia

Nick Marshall's Hail Mary pass is tipped by Georgia defender Josh Harvey-Clemons and caught by Auburn's Ricardo Louis, who runs 73 yards for the game-winning touchdown.

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Remember Saturday if Auburn goes on to beat Alabama and then wins the national title.

Remember the throw, the tip and the catch.

Remember how it never should have happened.

Remember that Auburn improved to 10-1 on a Hail Mary that rivals Doug Flutie's heave on the day after Thanksgiving in 1984.

I was standing in the end zone for that incredible Boston College pass, at the Orange Bowl, to beat Miami.

The headline in the L.A. Times the next day read: "Boston College's Flutie Lets It Fly for 47-45 Victory."

I know because that laminated front page hangs on my office wall.

It may get some company after Auburn's Nick Marshall "Let One Fly" on the plains of Alabama.

I wasn't there for this one but thank goodness CBS was.

Hard as it was to believe, Auburn defeated Georgia, 43-38, at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

It took one of the most improbable plays in the history of college football.

Georgia had Auburn pinned fourth and 18 on its own 27 in the waning seconds when Marshall made his heave into history.

The ball was so woefully underthrown two Georgia defenders, Josh Harvey-Clemons and Tray Matthews, could have had a picnic before deciding which player would pick it off.

Instead, Harvey-Clemons tipped the ball away from Matthews into the waiting arms of Auburn receiver Ricardo Louis, who raced 73 yards for the game-winning touchdown.

Georgia (6-4) had fought back to take the lead on Aaron Murray's five-yard scoring run, on fourth down, with 1:49 left.

Georgia, which came five yards short of defeating Alabama in last year's Southeastern Conference title game, came up short again.

Auburn's improbable win sets up its home showdown in two Saturdays against Alabama.

Under first-year Coach Gus Malzahn, Auburn has gone from 3-9 to a national title contender.

Auburn finished 0-8 in SEC games last year.

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