Worst to first: Auburn's five biggest moments of 2013, Day 2

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comDecember 4, 2013 

ROBIN TRIMARCHI rtrimarchi@ledger-enquirer.com Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall throws the ball against Mississippi State Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium. 09.14.13

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Editor's note: In the span of a year, Auburn has gone from worst-to-first in the SEC West. How did Auburn get to this point? Starting today and ending on the eve of Saturday's SEC Championship game, beat writer Ryan Black counts down the five biggest moments that have been woven into the Tigers' turnaround campaign. Click here to see Day 1.

Moment No. 4: Nick Marshall orchestrates game-winning 88-yard drive against Mississippi State

All of Marshall's hard work was about to be for naught.

Auburn's junior quarterback had thrown for 273 yards and a touchdown, only to see his team trail Mississippi State 20-17 with 1:56 remaining. With the ball in his hands and 88 yards ahead, Marshall took his game to another level.

Carving up the Bulldogs' defense through the air and on the ground, Marshall couldn't be stopped, accounting for 85 yards (66 passing, 19 rushing) on the go-ahead drive. When Marshall connected with a leaping C.J. Uzomah in the end zone on a 13-yard touchdown toss with 10 seconds left, Auburn's victory was sealed.

It was merely a precursor of greater victories and even more memorable plays to come.

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