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Video: Auburn’s Final Play of BCS Set Up Perfectly

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Perhaps Auburn’s final play from scrimmage in Monday’s BCS title game wasn’t just a series of haphazard laterals. For the briefest of moments, the Tigers were in position to pull another rabbit out of their collective hat.

Following QB Nick Marshall’s across-the-field lateral to RB Tre Mason, Mason had room up the sidelines for a long run as well as several blockers in front of him. Alas, the Seminoles defenders were able to evade those blocks and force Mason to cut back toward the middle of the field, where he was tackled at the 35-yard line to end the game. (FSU also had men waiting further downfield in case Mason made it that far.)

No, Mason did not come close to scoring. But the play was perfectly designed by Auburn head coach and football wizard Gus Malzahn.

“I saw a lane,” Mason told reporters after the game. “I thought I could make one more play there, but it closed up pretty quick.”

Just take a second to imagine if this play had actually worked on top of Auburn’s miraculous victories over Georgia and Alabama.

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