Auburn's Trickery in Drawing Last Alabama Penalty Was Actually Brilliant by Gus Malzahn

AUBURN, ALABAMA - NOVEMBER 30:  Head coach Gus Malzahn of the Auburn Tigers celebrates their 48-45 win over the Alabama Crimson Tide at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 30, 2019 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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It was only fitting that special teams proved to be the final nail in the coffin of Alabama's College Football Playoff hopes, right?

Joseph Bulovas doinked his 30-yard, potential game-tying field goal with two minutes remaining off the left upright. After stopping Auburn on their ensuing possession, the Crimson Tide completely choked on a fourth-and-four, as they were flagged for having 12 men onto the field for the surefire punting situation to seal the victory for the Tigers.

Post game analysis, however, depicts that it was Auburn's bizarre (but brilliant) trickery formation that forced Bama's blunder.

Lining up the punter at wide receiver was nothing short of a gutsy call by Gus Malzahn, but it worked out in his favor and he deserves all of the acclaim as it proved pivotal in Auburn's triumph.

Given the way that game had unfolded, Malzahn knew he had to do everything in his power to prevent giving the football back to the Crimson Tide, who already put up 45 points on his defense.

What a way to send Alabama packing and without a berth in the Playoff for the first time since its inception back in 2014.