College football is, you know, kind of a big deal in the U.S.
And when it’s rivalry weekend, the stakes are even higher.
Take, for instance, the Alabama-Auburn game on Saturday. The Iron Bowl, Alabama’s de facto state championship.
To add a little spice to the drama, ‘Bama was ranked No. 1, Auburn No. 5. In other words, two teams with national championship aspirations.
Well, Alabama’s hopes of a third straight national title ended with a thud. In a stunning, mind-blowing way, too.
With one second left in a 28-28 tie and OT looming, Alabama attempted a 57-yard field goal to win it. Bad move, ‘Bama, because, boy, did things go wrong. Or right, if you’re Auburn.
The attempt by rookie Adam Griffith, who got the tap only because the regular kicker missed a couple of earlier field goals, fell short and straight into the hands of Chris Davis nine yards deep in the end zone.
Well, you’ve got to see what happened next.
The shocking 109-yard touchdown, which is already being called one of the greatest plays in college football, didn’t just cost the Crimson Tide the game. It also knocked them out of top spot in the rankings — Florida State moved up to No. 1 — and probably ended their hopes of winning the national championship.
The finish to the game will go down in Auburn history as one of the greatest ever. And at Alabama? Well, it will probably lead the blooper reel.