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Iron Bowl recap, stats: Davis' 100-yard return gives No. 4 Auburn 34-28 upset victory over No. 1 Alabama

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Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn reacts during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Alabama in Auburn, Ala., Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Jay Sailors) Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn reacts during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Alabama in Auburn, Ala., Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Jay Sailors)
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. (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. (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. (abc3340.com) 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. (abc3340.com)

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Chris Davis returned a missed field-goal attempt more than 100 yards for a touchdown on the final play to lift No. 4 Auburn to a 34-28 victory over No. 1 Alabama on Saturday, upending the two-time defending national champions' BCS hopes and preserving the Tigers' own.

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Davis caught the ball about 9 yards deep in the end zone after freshman Adam Griffith's 57-yard attempt fell short. He then sprinted down the left sideline and cut back with nothing but teammates around him in a second straight hard-to-fathom finish for the Tigers (11-1, 7-1 Southeastern Conference).

Auburn clinched a spot in the SEC championship game with the stunning victory over the powerhouse from across the state. The Crimson Tide (11-1, 7-1) seemed at several times poised to continue its run toward the first three-peat in modern college football.

Instead, the Tigers put it away just when overtime seemed their best hope.

Alabama had gotten 1 second restored and one more play after a review when T.J. Yeldon ran it to Auburn's 39.

That gave the Tide a chance to try the long field goal -- and now it probably wished it never did.

The entire field was flooded with orange shakers long after the climactic finale of one of the biggest Iron Bowls in the bitter rivalry's 78-year history.

Auburn fans storm the field after their 34-28 after a win over top-ranked Alabama in an NCAA college football game in Auburn, Ala., Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

It lived up to the billing -- and then some.

This finale even one-upped Auburn's last-gasp win over Georgia two weeks earlier. A deflected 73-yard touchdown catch dubbed "The Immaculate Deflection" by Ricardo Louis with 25 seconds left set up only the second Top-5 Iron Bowl matchup and first since 1971.

A team that went 3-9 last season and had been destroyed by Alabama 91-14 combined the past two seasons will play for an SEC title and perhaps a trip to the BCS championship game.

Undefeated Ohio State, which was third in the BCS standings this week and figures to move up to second behind Florida State, will have something to say about which teams play for the national title. No doubt the Buckeyes, who won their own thriller against Michigan earlier in the day, were celebrating Auburn's win almost as much as the Tigers.

On the final play, Alabama turned to Griffith to replace Cade Foster, who had missed three field goals, with a potential clinching 44-yarder going low and getting blocked in the final minutes. Griffith was only 1 of 2 all season with a long of 20 yards.

Nick Marshall had tied the game with a 39-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Sammie Coates with 32 seconds left after Auburn blocked a low field goal attempt. The Tigers moved 65 yards in 2 minutes all on the ground with Mason until that play.

Marshall raced toward the line with two defensive backs coming after him. Then he pulled up just in time with the ball tucked in his left hand, deftly switching it to his right and lofting the pass to Coates standing all by himself.

McCarron, a Heisman Trophy candidate, had staked Alabama to a 28-21 lead with a 99-yard pass to Amari Cooper for the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter.

The Tide had a few chances to put the game away, but couldn't convert a fourth-and-short deep in Auburn territory, had the third of four missed field goals and Cooper dropped a potential TD in the end zone.

Team Stat Comparison

 ALAAUB
1st Downs 19 22
Total Yards 495 393
Passing 277 97
Rushing 218 296
Penalties 6-45 3-21
3rd Down Conversions 4-13 8-15
4th Down Conversions 1-2 0-1
Turnovers 0 1
Possession 30:54 29:06

Passing Leaders

 
AlabamaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
McCarron 17/29 277 9.6 3 0
 
AuburnC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Marshall 11/16 97 6.1 2 0

Rushing Leaders

 
AlabamaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Yeldon 26 141 5.4 1 31
Drake 4 33 8.3 0 11
 
AuburnCARYDSAVGTDLG
Mason 29 164 5.7 1 40
Marshall 17 99 5.8 1 45

Receiving Leaders

 
AlabamaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Cooper 6 178 29.7 1 99
Norwood 3 45 15.0 1 20
 
AuburnRECYDSAVGTDLG
Coates 2 60 30.0 1 39
Uzomah 2 22 11.0 1 13

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERALAAUB
TD 05:05 Nick Marshall 45 Yd Run (Cody Parkey Kick) 0 7
SECOND QUARTERALAAUB
TD 11:00 Jalston Fowler 3 Yd Pass From AJ McCarron (Cade Foster Kick) 7 7
TD 07:12 Kevin Norwood 20 Yd Pass From AJ McCarron (Cade Foster Kick) 14 7
TD 03:48 T.J. Yeldon 1 Yd Run (Cade Foster Kick) 21 7
TD 01:40 Tre Mason 1 Yd Run (Cody Parkey Kick) 21 14
THIRD QUARTERALAAUB
TD 11:56 C.J. Uzomah 13 Yd Pass From Nick Marshall (Cody Parkey Kick) 21 21
FOURTH QUARTERALAAUB
TD 10:28 Amari Cooper 99 Yd Pass From AJ McCarron (Cade Foster Kick) 28 21
TD 00:32 Sammie Coates 39 Yd Pass From Nick Marshall (Cody Parkey Kick) 28 28
TD 00:00 Chris Davis 100 Yd Return Of Attempted Field Goal 28 34
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