The Utah State Aggies were oh so close to pulling off an absolutely massive upset at Jordan-Hare Stadium, but the Auburn Tigers have pulled off an incredible comeback to avoid embarrassment, defeating the Aggies by a final score of 42-38. Utah State lead or was tied with Auburn for most of the game and lead by 10 points with 3:38 remaining, but two spectacular drives on either side of an onside kick recovery guided Auburn to a dramatic comeback win.
Utah State appeared to wrap up the win late in the fourth quarter when they converted a fourth and eight on a fake field goal, setting up a first and goal that would eventually lead to a touchdown. Barrett Trotter and Onterio McCalebb had been solid, but unspectacular up until that point, but they saved their best for the end of the game.
The first drive after Utah State's final touchdown looked easy, as Trotter guided Auburn down the field for a touchdown quickly. Gene Chizik decided to try an onside kick instead of letting his defense get the ball back and it ultimately proved to be the right call, as Utah State failed to block Auburn's hands team and they recovered easily.
McCalebb had the definitive play of the game-winning drive, rushing for 15 yards on a surprising audible to a draw play. That set up Auburn for a first and goal, giving Auburn four shots at the end zone from inside the ten. They only needed two, as Michael Dyer punched in the game-winning touchdown from one yard out.
Utah State had more more chance to get back into the game, but Auburn's defense finally rose to the occasion. Chuckie Keeton and his offensive line had no answer for the pass rush of Auburn on their final drive and Auburn walked away with a massive win.
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