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2013: Kick Bama Kick or The Kick 6 or simply the greatest Iron Bowl of all time

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Posted: Monday, December 2, 2013 11:54 am | Updated: 12:01 pm, Mon Dec 2, 2013.

2013Kick Bama Kick – Colloquially known by many names, "Roll Tears Roll," "Kick Bama Kick," "The Happiest Return," "The Longest Second," "The Iron Bowl Boomerang," etc., all fail to grasp the drama that befell Jordan Hare Stadium the night of November 30th 2013.

Auburn was looking to avenge two consecutive blowout losses to Alabama. The Tigers had lost 14–42 in 2011 and 0–49 in 2012.

Going into the game, Alabama had been ranked atop the polls all season, while Auburn was fourth in all major polls, making this the highest combined ranking ever in the Iron Bowl. Alabama struggled in the field goal kicking game all day, with kicker Cade Foster missing from 44 yards and 33 yards, and having a 44-yard attempt partially blocked. With seven seconds left in regulation and the score tied at 28, Alabama's T. J. Yeldon made a long run and seemed to get out of bounds just as time expired.

The play was reviewed from the replay booth, and one second was put back on the clock after it was determined that Yeldon had actually gone out of bounds just before the end of regulation. Alabama opted to attempt a game-winning 57-yard field goal, but chose freshman kicker Adam Griffith over Foster due to Foster's woes that day.

Griffith's attempt fell short--Alabama's third missed field goal of the day. Auburn's Chris Davis fielded it nine yards deep in his own end zone, and with no Crimson Tide skill players in his path (the field goal unit was made up almost entirely of offensive linemen), sprinted 109 yards for a touchdown and a 34–28 Auburn win.[34] 

Under NCAA scoring rules, Davis was only credited with a 100-yard touchdown. The win gave the Tigers the SEC West title and completed one of the biggest single-season turnarounds in SEC history; they had gone 0–8 in conference play a year earlier. It also all but ended Alabama's hopes for a third straight national title.

The 'Kick Bama Kick' name originates from the 1972 Punt Bama Punt game which was, up to this point, ranked as the most dramatic game between Auburn and Alabama.

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