Chris Davis Ruins Alabama's Reign with Game-Winning Return in Iron Bowl

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Chris Davis Ruins Alabama's Reign with Game-Winning Return in Iron Bowl
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Auburn defensive back Chris Davis ruined Alabama's reign as No. 1 in the nation with a game-winning field-goal return for a touchdown on the last play of the Iron Bowl.

Ironically, Davis tweeted last December that he wanted to be on the return team this season. Looks like his request was warranted.

The crazy game between the two powerhouses fittingly ended on a ridiculous play.

Head coach Nick Saban called for his kicker with one second left in the game. The kick, however, was marked at 57 yards. A Hail Mary pass into the end zone may have been the better call, but you know, hindsight is 20/20.

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn called for Davis to stand at the back at the end zone and return the kick if given the opportunity.

He figured the kick would fall short of 57 yards. He was right.

After Davis caught the kick, there was only the matter of following his blockers. Alabama had its non-athletic team in the game to block for the kick, and Davis' speed was more than enough to get him past the defense.

Courtesy of Bleacher Report
The return officially went for 100 yards even though he caught the ball in the back of the end zone.

And just like that, Alabama's reign as the top-ranked team in the nation is no more. Florida State now has a strong chance of being No. 1 in the nation—with Auburn moving to No. 2. Alabama, then, would likely drop to No. 3 or even No. 4, behind Ohio State.

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This is all speculation at this point, as the rankings won't be released until Sunday. It's a fair assumption that Alabama will drop in the rankings, though.

The legacy that Alabama has built under Saban is not ruined, however. The Crimson Tide are still very much alive in the hunt to play in the BCA National Championship Game, and a third title in four years would be unbelievable for Saban and AJ McCarron.

That being said, there was something special about being No. 1 for as long as the Crimson Tide were. Davis, on a play that many will deem "lucky," single-handedly ended Alabama's reign at the top.

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