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Tigers running back Tank Bigsby made a critical error on a second down play with less than two minutes to play. Bigsby, though trying for a game-clinching first down with Auburn leading 10-3, was pushed out of bounds on a run two yards short from the line to gain at the Alabama 37-yard line.
There was 1:47 to play, and Alabama did not have to use a timeout with the clock stopped. Had the Tide used a timeout after the second down play, it would have not had a chance to after third down, and thus at least 30 seconds of game time was saved by Alabama via Bigsby's run out of bounds.
CBS analyst Gary Danielson, in the broadcast booth with Brad Nessler calling the game, mentioned the play and the situation throughout Alabama's final regulation drive.
Of course, that wasn't the only factor in the game heading to overtime. The Tigers could have earned a first down on the next play, but Bigsby was tackled for a loss. Auburn punted the ball down to the Alabama 3, forcing Bryce Young and the Alabama offense to go 97 yards in 1:35 to tie the game. Alabama had struggled to move the ball all game long, totaling just three points and 254 yards to that point.
Young and the Tide offense did just that, with Young throwing a 28-yard touchdown pass to Ja'Corey Bryant with 24 seconds left, time that should not have been available to the Tide had Bigsby just fallen inbounds.
This article originally appeared on Montgomery Advertiser: How Auburn football's Tank Bigsby's out-of-bounds run led to Alabama's tying TD drive