Worst to first: Auburn's five biggest moments of 2013, Day 3

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comDecember 5, 2013 

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TODD J. VAN EMST — Auburn University

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.

And check out Day 2 here.

Moment No. 3: Auburn knocks off Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M on the road with another fourth quarter comeback

Nick Marshall had played Manziel, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, to a draw. Each quarterback had put on a show, as Marshall accounted for four total touchdowns (two passing, two rushing) and Manziel had five scores (four passing, one rushing).

Manziel's lone touchdown on the ground came with 5:05 to play, giving Texas A&M a 41-38 lead. But Auburn, just as it had earlier in the season against Mississippi State, showed it wasn't fazed by needing to produce a go-ahead drive. With 1:19 remaining, running back Tre Mason finished off the 13-play, 75-yard possession by scoring up the middle on a 5-yard touchdown run push the Tigers ahead 45-41.

It wasn't over, though.

In just three plays, Manziel had the Aggies down to Auburn's 18-yard line. That's when Dee Ford stepped in to seal the victory. The senior defensive end sacked Manziel twice in the span of three plays — including a 22-yard takedown on the Aggies' last snap — to give Auburn its first road win in more than two years.

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