By Cain Cawthon — follow on Twitter @eotmsportsnews
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — On television screens all across the country Thanksgiving weekend, a time when extraordinary things have happened before in college football, the long field goal attempt from Alabama’s Adam Griffith, a 57-yard field goal attempt, was definitely coming up short.
This was the Iron Bowl, No. 1 Alabama against No. 4 Auburn, at Auburn; a very big thing.
As many would put it, this was the beginning of it, the start of the greatest ending to any big game college football has ever seen, the ball falling into the arms of an Auburn kid named Chris Davis.
And then there was the clock shining brightly on 1 second — and the beginning of what could potentially have its place in history.
But Auburn came back again, the way it had come back from 21-7 to get to within a touchdown at halftime.
If you were watching the end of the game on television, all of a sudden you saw the field opening up for him, saw that he hadn’t stepped out of bounds when it seemed as if his own momentum might stop him before anybody from Alabama did.
You realized, maybe halfway into it, maybe a little before that, that Davis might be able to go all the way. But on what looked like the last play of regulation, T.J. Yeldon, Alabama’s star running back, wouldn’t stop running and nobody could bring him down until he got to Auburn’s 39-yard line. The whole world thinking that the clock had run out at that point, Nick Saban saying no it hadn’t, the officials checking the replay, deciding there was still one second left. What was about to become the most unreal second — in real football time — that football had ever seen anywhere. As the say write in social media — it was #Priceless.
With no time left on the clock, Auburn returned a missed Crimson Tide field goal more than 100 yards for a 34-28 victory.
After the win… fans on both teams celebrated and fellow fan… Michelle Shepherd lost her life. She was shot dead after a fight outside a football-watching party shortly after Crimson Tide lost to the Auburn Tigers Saturday.
Police now say Shepherd was shot by 28-year-old Adrian Laroze Briskey outside an apartment complex near Birmingham just moments after Alabama lost.
The victim’s sister, Nekesa Shepherd, said she witnessed the killing and had no doubt it was about football, even though it was unclear to investigators whether the violence was motivated by the game. “I’m never going to forget it because she died in my arms, she added.
Ms Shepherd, a mother of three and a career social worker from Birmingham, attended a party to watch the Iron Bowl with other Alabama fans in Hoover, Alabama with her sister Neketa Shepherd, Neketa told the Birmingham News.