Think back over the past decade of SEC football. What are the plays that defined those 10 years?
Where do Auburn's Kick-Six and Prayer at Jordan-Hare rank on the list? What about Matt Flynn's last-second touchdown pass to Demetrius Byrd to give eventual BCS champion LSU a win over Auburn in 2007? Or any assortment of highlight-reel plays by Johnny Manziel, Tim Tebow and Cam Newton?
Our SEC writers put their heads together and came up with a list of the 25 most iconic plays in the past decade of SEC football. Throughout this week we've counted them down (click here to find 21-25, 16-20, 11-15 and 6-10) and today we finally unveil the top five:
1. The Kick-Six, 2013: Would you expect any other play than this one to be No. 1? This play had it all: the Iron Bowl rivalry, national championship implications and the drama of an as-time-expired finish. By now you know how it went: Alabama kicker Adam Griffith left a 57-yard field goal attempt short, Auburn's Chris Davis caught it nine yards deep in the end zone and began running. And running. And running some more, 109 yards to the opposite end zone to give the Tigers a 34-28 win over the Crimson Tide. It's a play that will live on forever in Iron Bowl -- and college football -- lore.
2. Jadeveon Clowney's hit vs. Michigan, 2013: This play was on heavy rotation in the 2013 offseason. Unless you were a South Carolina or Michigan fan, it might be difficult to recall the result of the 2013 Outback Bowl (the Gamecocks won 33-28) but Clowney's vicious hit on Michigan running back Vincent Smith became synonymous with that game and with Clowney. The replay of the hit -- in which Clowney bursts through the line of scrimmage, pummels Smith, knocks his helmet off and picks up a fumble with one hand -- was looped endlessly in the months following and almost became a curse for Clowney, creating near impossible-to-meet expectations for his final season. Regardless, the sheer power and speed Clowney displayed in that moment makes it a play we won't soon forget.
3. The Prayer at Jordan-Hare, 2013: Before the Kick-Six, there was the Prayer at Jordan-Hare. Fourth-and-18, 36 seconds left, Auburn down a point at their own 27-yard line. Nick Marshall drops back, steps up and launches -- what else? A prayer -- toward Ricardo Louis down the middle of the field, who was surrounded by men in Georgia jerseys. The ball bounces off Josh Harvey-Clemons and into the hands of Louis who runs into the end zone, untouched, for the winning score. An incredible ending; at the time nobody knew it would be later usurped by the Kick Six, but at that moment, CBS color analyst Gary Danielson called it "the play of the year."
4. C.J. Mosley tips Aaron Murray's pass to end 2012 SEC title: Georgia's closest flirtation with a national championship game appearance in the Mark Richt era came to an end because of a fateful tip. Murray led the Bulldogs -- trailing 32-28 -- down the field and inside the Alabama 10-yard line with 15 seconds left. Georgia, sans timeouts, went no-huddle and Murray attempted a fade pass to Malcolm Mitchell in the end zone but Mosley, who came in rushing on the right side, leaped above running back Todd Gurley and put his left hand on the pass. That altered its path and the ball wound up in the hands of Chris Conley, who was tackled in bounds, which allowed the clock to expire. Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart and several Alabama defenders rushed to bear-hug Mosley afterward, and the Crimson Tide punched a ticket to the 2012 BCS title game, where they eventually beat Notre Dame.
5. Matt Flynn to Demetrius Byrd to beat Auburn, 2007: Down a point, within field goal range with less than 30 seconds left, and with the clock ticking, you safely set yourself up for a winning field goal, right? Not so for LSU on this night. Always one to make for an exciting finish, Les Miles gave the green light to putting the ball in the air, which Flynn did, throwing a strike to Byrd in the left corner of the end zone for the winning touchdown with one second left, sending Tiger Stadium into a frenzy. LSU won the game, a week after a triple-overtime loss to Kentucky, and later went on to win the national championship.