Dec. 2, 2013
Auburn's Chris Davis heads toward beating Alabama (John Reed / USA Today)
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. – Chris Davis delivered the highlight for the ages and Nick Marshall led a relentless running game that wore down the SEC's top-ranked defense in the Iron Bowl on Saturday.
The two Auburn players were honored as SEC players of the week Monday after helping the Tigers beat Alabama 34-28 and move up to No. 3 in the BCS standings. Davis was named the special teams player of the week for the second time this year. Marshall was named the offensive player of the week for the third time this season.
It was Davis who came through with the game-winner, returning a missed 57-yard field goal 100 yards for the winning touchdown on the game's final play. It was Marshall who led an offense that rushed for 164 yards and a touchdown and helped power Auburn's run game to 296 yards, three times as much as Alabama normally allows. Marshall ran for 99 yards and a touchdown and passed for 97 yards and two touchdowns, including the tying TD with 32 seconds left.
Thirty-two seconds later, Davis won it.
Davis' play was the talk of football Saturday night, and Sunday and on into Monday.
"When I caught the ball, I knew I would have room to run and I knew they would have bigger guys on the field to protect for the field goal," Davis said. Still, he added after the game, "When I looked back, I said, 'I can't believe this.' When I was running, I said, 'God is good.'"
Davis also leads the SEC in punt returns.
Davis also won SEC special teams honors after the Tennessee game. Marshall was also named offensive player of the week after the Tennessee and Texas A&M games. Auburn players have won 11 SEC player of the week honors this season.
Other weekly SEC honors were Missouri's E.J. Gaines and Mississippi State's Nickoe Whitley, co-defensive players of the week; Davis and Vandy place-kicker Carey Spear, co-special teams players of the week; Mississippi State's Chris Jones and LSU's Anthony Jennings, co-freshmen of the week; Tennessee's Ja'Wuan James, offensive lineman of the week; South Carolina's Kelcy Quarles and Tennessee's Corey Miller, co-defensive lineman of the week.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine