NCAA Football: Top Five Plays of the 2013 Regular Season
So with that in mind, let's start things off with the top five plays of the season. Fans of one team in particular will definitely enjoy this list.
5. This Should Be Worth More Than Two Points
If you think about all the great aspects involved in this one simple two-point conversion play by SMU, you quickly realize that the Mustangs probably should have just been awarded the victory on the spot. Not only did you have quarterback Garrett Gilbert covering a ridiculous amount of ground in scrambling for his life and ultimately throwing the ball to the complete opposite side of the field, but you also had the unbelievable catch by wide receiver Jeremy Johnson. Rutgers would go on to win this wild 55-52 affair.
4. The Cruel Fate of Northwestern
There's no reason to sugarcoat it -- the Northwestern Wildcats had a rather cruel season. After starting the year 4-0, the Wildcats would lose seven straight before finally winning their finale against Illinois. Along the way, they were the victim of an assortment of unfortunate plays. The final play against Nebraska in Lincoln was undoubtedly the most memorable of all. With only seconds remaining, and Northwestern seemingly about to end a four-game skid, this happened. You know that old saying about some guys having all the luck? Well, that was not Northwestern in 2013.
3. A Ridiculous Interception
Teamwork is the name of the game in college football, and never was that more evident than this spectacular interception by the Arizona Wildcats. In a heated contest against the Oregon Ducks, Arizona's Shaquille Richardson goes to make a play on a Marcus Mariota pass, but has no chance of staying in-bounds to intercept it. What does he do? He gets a hand on the ball, and as he's jumping out of bounds, slings it back into the field of play where fellow teammate Scooby Wright is waiting with open arms. The play ended Mariota's outstanding streak without an interception, and the Wildcats rode the momentum to a blowout win over the fifth-ranked team in the nation.
2. It's a Miracle!
The Auburn Tigers were seconds away from losing their second game of the season, which would have ended their SEC and national championship aspirations. But, with one play, the entire season changed. With Georgia holding a one-point lead with around 30 seconds to play, and Auburn over 70 yards away from the endzone, there was simply no chance to score. Or at least that's what we thought before Nick Marshall heaved the ball deep and resulted in the bounce of the year right into Ricardo Louis' hands for the game-winning score. Easily the play of the year....at that point in time.
1. It's a Miracle! (Again)
Two weeks after the improbable win against Georgia, the Auburn Tigers took the field at Jordan-Hare Stadium looking to upset the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Iron Bowl. The rest, as they say, is history. After a hard-fought contest the entire way, Alabama had the ball with a chance to win the game on one long field goal attempt. What happened after that will forever be remembered as perhaps the greatest play in the history of college football. Let's let the video do the talking....
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