Late TD gets No. 7 Auburn past Georgia

Updated: November 16, 2013

Auburn, AL ( – Nick Marshall got to experience the SEC
Championship Game during his brief time at Georgia. With the help of a
miraculous play, he has Auburn one win from going there.

The former Bulldogs cornerback and current Auburn quarterback’s 73-yard
touchdown pass to Ricardo Louis with 25 seconds remaining added yet another
chapter to the seventh-ranked Tigers’ storybook season, as well as a 43-38
triumph over No. 25 Georgia in a classic from Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Auburn (10-1, 6-1 SEC), which went winless in conference play last season and
was handed a 38-0 shellacking at home by the Bulldogs last November, set up a
winner-take-all showdown with No. 1 Alabama for the SEC West title in the Iron
Bowl in two weeks with its seventh consecutive victory — though the Tigers
had to overcome three fourth-quarter touchdowns by Georgia that turned a 20-
point deficit into a 38-37 lead entering the final minute.

Faced with a 4th-and-18 from his own 27-yard line, Marshall — dismissed from
the Bulldogs’ program in February of 2012 for a violation of team rules —
sent a desperation heave down the middle of the field to Louis with a pair of
Georgia defenders converging.

Bulldogs safety Tray Matthews got his hands on the underthrown ball, but
knocked it up into the air as Louis snared it before running in untouched for
the startling go-ahead score.

Marshall added a pair of rushing touchdowns and 89 yards on the ground in
addition to completing 15-of-26 passes for 229 yards. Louis finished with 131
yards on four receptions, with Tre Mason rushing for 115 yards and a touchdown
on 27 carries for Auburn.

Aaron Murray threw for 415 yards and accounted for four touchdowns, the last a
gutsy 5-yard run on fourth down with 1:49 to play, to nearly single-handedly
lead Georgia (6-4, 4-3). The senior quarterback made good on 31-of-46 passing
attempts with two scores and one interception.