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Big-play Kris Frost: 'Every game is playoff game for us'
Nov. 2, 2014

Auburn's Kris Frost comes off the field a winner at Ole Miss

By Charles Goldberg

OXFORD, Miss. -- It was a season of big plays and catch phrases last year when dramatic plays got their own names and Auburn kept winning football games.

Enter Kris Frost, 2014, who kept Auburn in the hunt in the College Football Playoff standings on Saturday night in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

Frost grabbed the back of the jersey of Ole Miss receiver Laquon Treadwell as he was going into the end zone to prevent the go-ahead touchdown with 1½ minutes to play, forced a fumble, preserved Auburn's 35-31 win over Ole Miss and kept the Tigers very much alive in the playoff picture.

Oh, No. 3 Auburn knew that was at stake at No. 4 Ole Miss, all right.

"I talked to the team before the game and basically I just told them that this is a playoff game for us," Frost said. "From here on, every game is a playoff game for us.  

"We know every game just bigger and bigger from here on out, and we've just got to take care of what we need to take care of."

Enter Frost, who grabbed Treadwell from behind to set up the fumble. Unfortunately, Treadwell suffered a broken leg and fractured ankle on the play and had surgery late Saturday night, prompting Auburn players to tweet their best wishes after they returned to Auburn past midnight.

"I know the whole Auburn family hopes he's all right," Frost said. "But for the most part, I was just trying to get away and let the trainers do their job. I'll definitely be looking out and seeing how he's doing."

Before then, Treadwell was making his 10th catch of the game and running for what looked to be his second touchdown. Frost never gave up on the play, knowing the goal line was rapidly approaching.

"I knew when he got inside the 5, I was trying to pull him back at first, trying to keep him from going into the end zone," Frost said.  

Treadwell was originally given a touchdown, but, upon further review, the officials said the ball came out just before he crossed the goal line.

"Basically, I was just trying to prevent him from getting into the end zone. I felt the ball a little loose and tried to strip it. It came out, and the call went our way," Frost said.

Coach Gus Malzahn, who has seen his share of close Auburn games, expected the effort from Frost.

"Our guys keep battling. He's a winner. He's played in big games and that was just a big-time play," Malzahn said. "I knew it was a fumble and I thought we got it. And then the coaches upstairs said he didn't get in. We were pretty confident we were going to get the football."

Ho-hum, just another remarkable win.

"Last year, I felt like every game was that close," Frost said with a smile. "Being able to be a part of that, and being able to make that play, is a real blessing for me.

"As a football player in the SEC, and playing at this stage, you're constantly in urgent situations that you have to come up with big plays and fight to the end. We've kind of gotten use to the discomfort of playing in a game like this and having it go blow for blow. We just know if we keep it close, we know how to win and we know we'll come out with a win."

A familiar tweet from an Auburn player...

Also over the weekend...
Auburn wins: The game story
Gus Malzahn: Another close win
Nick Marshall: He passes Auburn past Ole Miss
The polls: Tigers move up to No. 3

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