Worst to first: Auburn's five biggest moments of 2013, Day 4

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comDecember 6, 2013 

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.

Moment No. 2: Ricardo Louis' touchdown catch answers "The Prayer in Jordan-Hare"

Auburn was on the verge of an epic collapse.

Leading Georgia 37-17 with 12:39 to go, a victory looked all but certain. But the Bulldogs charged back scoring three touchdowns in less than 11 minutes to take a 38-37 advantage with 1:49 remaining.

Down to its last gasp on the ensuing possession, things looked bleak, as the Tigers were facing fourth-and-18 from its own 27-yard line and only 36 seconds left on the clock. After timeouts by each team, Auburn finally snapped the ball.

Nick Marshall quickly rifled through his reads on the play before launching the ball downfield toward Ricardo Louis. Only one problem: Georgia had a pair of defenders — safeties Josh Harvey-Clemons and Tray Matthews — in prime position to make the play. His eyes locked in on the ball, Harvey-Clemons went skyward in an attempt to pick it off. He didn't come up with an interception or pass breakup, though; instead, Harvey-Clemons tipped the ball right to Louis, who bobbled the ball at Georgia's 14-yard line before reining it and gliding into the end zone to put the Tigers back on top 43-38.

Thanks to Louis' improbable touchdown catch, the Tigers set up a titanic Iron Bowl matchup with top-ranked Alabama two weeks later.

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