Was Auburn Victory a Miracle Win for Tigers?
Auburn's Seth Williams makes clutch touchdown reception to defeat No.11 Oregon in AdvoCare Kickoff Classic Aug.31, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (photo: USA TODAY Sports)
Has there ever been a more anticipated debut for an Auburn player than that of freshman Bo Nix? The hype surrounding the freshman has grown exponentially since the five star signed with the Tigers back in February.
Mr. Alabama Football led his high school team to back-to-back state titles, but even that paled in comparison to the pressure of being the Tigers’ signal caller against Pac-12 power Oregon on national TV in the same place the Dallas Cowboys play on Sundays.
No one could deny he had the tools to be an outstanding collegiate player. However, one question awaited: was he ready to handle the pressure of leading a top Power-5 team on the big stage? We all know he passed the test, completing a touchdown pass with less than 10 seconds to go, to give what some in the media have labeled a “miracle win.”
Yet in the days since the Tigers’ victory, some have questioned Nix’s performance. They point to his less than auspicious first half when he completed only 6 of 20 passes with two interceptions. True, he made some freshman mistakes; more importantly, he did not have the help of a consistent running game.
But when the O-line got it together and started opening holes for the backs, Bo showed what he could do. He finished the game 13 of 31 for 177 yards and two touchdowns. And in the fourth quarter it was Nix who was the best quarterback in the game, not the senior Heisman prospect Justin Herbert.
He more than answered the question of whether he could handle the pressure. In the final drive he showed the poise of a veteran with ice water in his veins, throwing the game-winning touchdown with nine clicks left on the clock.
He improved as the game progressed. And we saw a freshman grow up before our eyes. If he can continue to get help from his running game, there’s no telling how far he can lead this team.
So did Bo deliver a miracle win for the Tigers? I don’t think so. When you’re down 21–6 at the beginning of the third quarter, and your defense effectively shuts down the projected No. 1 QB of the next NFL Draft, and your offense scores 21 unanswered points in the last half—you earned it.
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