Posted November 16, 2013

Video: Auburn beats Georgia on Ricardo Louis’ miraculous 73-yard touchdown catch

Auburn Tigers, Georgia Bulldogs, SEC

(Via The Big Lead)

After storming back from a 20-point fourth-quarter deficit, Georgia took a late 38-37 lead over Auburn when quarterback Aaron Murray ran five yards for a touchdown with 1:49 remaining. That set the stage for what likely was the most dramatic play of the 2013 season.

With 36 seconds left, on fourth-and-18 from the Tigers’ 27-yard line, Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall uncorked a desperation heave down the center of the field. It deflected off the hands of Bulldogs safety Josh Harvey-Clemons and landed in the outstretched arms of Tigers sophomore receiver Ricardo Louis, who sprinted into the end zone for an improbable score. Auburn won 43-38 to improve to 10-1 (6-1 SEC) heading into an Iron Bowl showdown with No. 1 Alabama on Nov. 30.

The play sparked emotional responses on both sidelines, and the Bulldogs’ coaches took the play particularly hard.

The Auburn radio call is also fun.

18 comments
Pablo32
Pablo32

Why are coaches so dumb that they don't recognize a simple fact: that on a Hail Mary Pass of 40 yards or more, the quarterback needs to wait until his receivers get to the end zone or near it.  This means that he needs time and if you send in only three rushers, there are two linesmen to hold off each rusher.  The quarterback is protected and launches the ball.  I have seen this stupid defense ploy fail against the Colorado/Michigan game and now the Auburn/Georgia game and I think that something like this happened in the Michigan State/Northwestern game, but I have also seen in others that I can't recall now.  The more logical defense is to blitz the quarterback so that he doesn't have time to set for a long pass.  At least, you have him scrambling and his pass will not be as accurate.  

DSM
DSM

It is surprising how often you see defenders lose games by trying for the glamor play--making the interception; picking up the fumble and running--rather than safe play--knocking the ball down on 4th down; falling on the fumble.  Of course, I also remember Brett Favre ending the seasons of the Packers, Jets and Vikings in consecutive years by throwing very dangerous passes which were intercepted and he was a lot older than the Georgia kid.

FredFlintsone
FredFlintsone

One for the ages, down 20 with 9 1/2 minutes  to go come back to take lead than lose on a miracle throw; doesn't get any better than that

help4mac1
help4mac1

Yep, that's why they play the game!

bluesbreaker
bluesbreaker

West Virginia Mountaineers need to hire Gus Malzahn, Dana Holgorson could not qualify as water boy for Malzahn !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

I always love watching fan (and coach) reactions to plays like this. At least when I don't have any stake in the game. And the reactions were as amazing as the play. 

NeoSmith
NeoSmith

4th and 18!!!  All you needed to do was knock that ball down!!!  How many times do the coaches tell you to just knock the ball down?!!  And ...  you two idiots take each other out and tip the ball to the receiver.  *SMASHES FOREHEAD INTO DESK*  Wow.  If the coaches did not tell these guys to just knock the ball down, they have done a disservice to these two dummies and Georgia-Nation.

bobinpowell
bobinpowell

I guess he wasn't really a safety after all...

Plainview
Plainview

@Rickapolis that emotion...I watch Doug Flutie's Hail Mary and Kirk Gibson's walk-off at least once a month.  Boise State's win over Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl (which I was lucky enough to see live) has reached that level of euphoria for me as well.


JamesHLongII
JamesHLongII

If it was 3rd down I would be able to swallow this play easier but it was 4th down... Knock the ball down & the game is over. Well said NeoSmith!!!

John64
John64

@NeoSmith And if #25 doesn't intervene,#28 easily makes the interception.  Well, I don't suppose he will be making that mistake again anytime soon.

ApolloOne
ApolloOne

@NeoSmith 

That's the first thing I thought. I am not impressed with Todd Grantham. He should've been drilling it into those DBs' heads: "Knock the f@*king ball down!"

Plainview
Plainview

@Rickapolis Another example: Ray Rice's 4th and 29 conversion against the Chargers last year.  On a typical dinky screen pass from Flacco.  Incredible stuff.  In that case, just the commentators' reaction.

L7
L7

@ApolloOne @NeoSmith Honestly, Grantham had the guy triple covered. What more do want from a defensive coordinator? Get better athletes.

carboncow1
carboncow1

@Plainview @Rickapolis For some reason these type of wins still anger me even when it's not my team...I cannot quite explain it other then it's like working hard for 3 hours only to just roll a dice at the end. 

carboncow1
carboncow1

@L7 @ApolloOne @NeoSmith We'll look these are SEC "guys" so they only know what they do daily or are told what todo...my guess the defense coordinator didn't do his job and tell these turds the obvious thing to do...because guys who have a 1.1 GPA need help 24/7 when it comes to thinking outside the box. They are an embarrassment to every coach they ever had and quite sure since they think of glory all the time all they wanted todo was intercept and run back when it wasn't remember...trained animals at best.