If you're still in shock over the No. 4 Auburn Tigers' 34-28 upset of the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide, you're not alone. There were unpredictable touchdown passes, blocks and an unforeseeable ending in which a missed field goal was returned for a 100-yard game-winning touchdown.
As one could only imagine, Twitter exploded.
As previously alluded to, Auburn won in one of the most unique and unpredictable ways in college football history. After four quarters of outstanding football, Adam Griffith missed a 57-yard field goal attempt, and Chris Davis caught it in the end zone.
From there, it was the stuff of legends.
One of the wildest finishes you will ever see. THIS is how Auburn beat Alabama » http://t.co/GBYxCywedn— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 1, 2013
Davis offered up a priceless evaluation of his legendary play:
"When I caught it, I just ran, tried to make something happen for the team." - Auburn's Chris Davis on missed FG return for winning TD— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 1, 2013
Who knows which rabbit Auburn will pull out of the hat next?
In the Tigers' previous game, they defeated the Georgia Bulldogs 43-38 via a tipped pass resulting in a 73-yard Ricardo Louis touchdown. It was heralded as one of the greatest endings in the history of the sport, but just one week later, it may have lost its place in the all-time rankings.
Davis' return likely eclipses it. His run down the sidelines was magnificent, and it all resulted in the ultimate upset.
Regardless of how the rankings, Alabama suffering a loss is something the college football community has come to acknowledge as a rare occurrence.
Nick Saban remained calm throughout, but one writer found it intriguing to imagine a different reaction.
That Auburn-Alabama replay gets funny if you imagine it happening to Bo Pelini.— Michael Rosenberg (@Rosenberg_Mike) December 1, 2013
There were a number of questionable coaching decisions during this game, but Alabama's mark of 0-of-4 on field-goal attempts justifies its decision to go for it on fourth down on multiple drives. For as great as Saban may be, however, he couldn't have seen this coming.
Coaches prepare like crazy. I wonder how many times that scenario came up in Saban’s meetings. Ever? Who would think that’s even possible?— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 1, 2013
Attempting that play is a practice-ended-early type of ordeal.
As a result of this game, Auburn and Alabama now boast matching records of 11-1 overall and 7-1 in the SEC. More importantly, it's Auburn that will play in the SEC Championship Game, meaning it has the upper hand in the pursuit of a spot in the BCS National Championship Game.
The unpredictability continues.
The team that may have benefited most from Davis' game-winning return was the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes. Urban Meyer's crew has won 24 consecutive games but hasn't received respect as a national championship contender.
In turn, Davis just became the most popular man in Columbus, Ohio.
Chris Davis will never pay for a meal again in Auburn. Or Columbus.— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) December 1, 2013
If you don't believe that, try checking Ohio State wide receiver Frank Epitropoulos' Instagram account.
It's unclear whether or not the Buckeyes will earn a BCS title game berth, but their chances have dramatically improved.
As crazy as it was, it was a somehow fitting end to a game that saw its fair share of head-turning plays. In the fourth quarter alone, there was a 99-yard touchdown pass, a blocked field goal and a controversial game-tying throw.
The question is, where does this ending rank all-time?
Trying not to be a prisoner of the moment, but that one has to be up there with Flutie's Hail Mary, the Stanford band, etc. ... Right?— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) December 1, 2013
Reuben Frank of CSN Philadelphia offered his take.
Rank the endings: Cal-Stanford in 1982, Flutie-Phelan in 1984, Texas-USC in 2005, Auburn-Alabama tonight.— Reuben Frank (@RoobCSN) December 1, 2013
It's hard to do anything but place this game in the same lore as some of the most revered endings.
It all started with AJ McCarron finding Amari Cooper for that 99-yard score. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to lead to a win.
For just the third time in his career, McCarron lost.
That was just AJ McCarron's 3rd loss EVER as Alabama QB, and his worst ever by margin of defeat. Lost to LSU 9-6 in 2011, A&M 29-24 in 2012.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 1, 2013
When six points is a player's greatest margin of defeat, it's clear that he's a special breed.
McCarron finished the game at 17-of-29 for 277 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. In games against Auburn, the LSU Tigers and Texas A&M Aggies, he now has 10 touchdown passes to no picks thrown.
Unfortunately, that isn't enough for the NFL community to believe in his legitimacy.
Alabama QB AJ McCarron solid but unspectacular in Iron Bowl loss. Poised but too late, inaccurate to convert critics: http://t.co/AvR1SsZxV5— Rob Rang (@RobRang) December 1, 2013
Who knew that three career losses would be so devastating?
Not to be outdone, Nick Marshall stepped up with some high-quality plays. His 45-yard rushing touchdown was impressive, but no moment was as critical as his 39-yard touchdown pass to Sammie Coates.
It was as close to the line of scrimmage as it possibly could've been.
Controversial or not, it counted, and the two-time defending national champions have thus been dethroned. For now.
Alabama has been ranked No. 1 in the country every single week of the 2013 season. Rising forces such as the undefeated No. 2 Florida State Seminoles and No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes threatened 'Bama, but none could top the SEC powerhouses.
That's about to change.
For as magnificent of a win as it was for Auburn, it was equally as painful for Alabama and its fans. In the final game of the season, the Crimson Tide's dreams of achieving a three-peat were dealt a significant blow with a loss to their bitter rivals.
The entire world took notice.
The pilot announced he is opening a prayer section on the plane for any alabama fans on board— Julia Beverly (@JuliaBeverly) December 1, 2013
It means that much.
What's unclear is what this means for the short-term future of college football. The regular season is concluded, and there's a genuine possibility that Alabama and the rest of the SEC will be locked out of the BCS National Championship Game.
Regardless of what you feel should happen, the college football community is asking one collective question:
OK polling experts, please tell me who plays in the BCS championship now.— Kevin Seifert (@SeifertESPN) December 1, 2013
The entire sport is waiting for the answer.