Monday, February 3, 2014

Top 5 SEC Football Moments of 2013

The SEC may have failed to lock down its 8th straight BCS Championship, but there is no doubt that there were many memorable moments that took place during the 2013 season. Now, shockingly, not every great moment involved the Auburn Tigers although they may have produced two of the most unbelievable sports moments of all time within a couple weeks of each other. But now, as we've had a few months to reflect on this college football season, let us take you all the way back to the fall of 2013, and our five favorite SEC football moments of 2013.

5. Texas A&M vs. Alabama. One of the most entertaining offensive football games you will ever see occurred very early in the SEC schedule. Texas A&M had upset the Crimson tide a year before in Tuscaloosa and everyone knew the Tide had revenge against Johnny Manziel and the Aggies on their mind. Alabama hit A&M in the mouth early and often but could not shake Johnny Football as a 42-14 lead diminished in the fourth quarter. Even though the Aggies lost the game 49-42, Manziel's mind numbing 5 touchdown, 464 yard performance against one of the nations best defenses will not soon be forgotten.

4. 4th and 15. South Carolina appeared to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in a mid October showdown with eventual SEC East Champs, Missouri. They trailed 17-0 going into the fourth quarter but were able to get the game into overtime on the heels of a tremendous performance from South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw. He was able to hit receiver Bruce Ellington in the end zone on a 4th and goal play from the Missouri 15 yard line that allowed the Gamecocks to extend the game into another overtime. South Carolina went on to win which helped notch yet another 10 win season under coach Steve Spurrier.

3. Josey to the House. The story of the year in college football might have been the drastic turnaround of the Missouri Tigers. From 5-7 to 11-1 SEC East Champions all within one year. But to secure the East Championship, Mizzou would have to knock off a tough Texas A&M team in Columbia on the seasons final day. With the game tied at 21 in the fourth quarter, Mizzou's inspirational leader Henry Josey broke off a 53 yard run that would cerement the victory as well as symbolically tell all of us that we were idiots for ever doubting that he would return from a horrible knee injury in 2011. The play and the ensuing victory would put the Tigers into the SEC Championship game only a year and a half after officially joining the league.

2. The Miracle on the Plains. It's almost unfathomable to look back at this game at the time it occurred and to somehow imagine that any sports play of the year could wind up topping it. Auburn was down to their final snap and it appeared all hope was lost during its back-and-forth battle with the scrappy Georgia Bulldogs. On 4th an 18, Auburn QB Nick Marshall went back to throw and severely under threw his receiver, Ricardo Louis and two Georgia defenders converged on the errant throw. We all know what happened next as the ball was tipped in to Louis' hands for the miraculous game winning TD. Auburn fans rejoiced. But if only they knew what what still to come.

1. The Iron Bowl Miracle. You don't want to throw around that term "miracle" but there is likely no better word to describe these top two moments on our list. Auburn's Chris Davis returned a missed 57 yard field goal on the games final play to send the Auburn Tigers to the SEC Championship Game and eventually the BCS Championship game. You've seen the replay hundreds of times by now, but it never gets old. Alabama coach Nick Saban's quirky decision to attempt a 57 yard field goal comes back to haunt him and the Auburn Tigers became the benefactor as they ended Alabama's hopes of a third straight BCS Title.

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