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Twitter reacts to Tank Bigsby’s mental mistake in Iron Bowl

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Auburn running back Tank Bigsby made a tough mental mistake late in Saturday’s Iron Bowl that wound up costing his team dearly.

The Tigers were clinging to a 10-3 lead over Alabama with 1:54 remaining in regulation, and were trying to run out the clock. Alabama only had two timeouts remaining, so a first down would have essentially ended the game. That looked out of reach after Auburn lost one yard on first down.

On 2nd and 11, however, Bigsby came up with a pretty big play. He managed to find space and picked up ten yards, setting up a 3rd and 1. There was just one problem — Alabama did a fine job ushering Bigsby out of bounds. That stopped the clock and saved Alabama a timeout, as Bigsby was unable to go down in bounds.

That would not have mattered that much had Auburn converted on 3rd and 1, but Bigsby was stuffed for a four-yard loss. Auburn had to punt, which set up a game-tying touchdown drive for Alabama.

Auburn’s punt came with 1:43 left in regulation. Had Bigsby stayed in bounds, the Tigers could have run roughly 40 more seconds off the clock. That led a lot of people to criticize Bigsby for hurting Auburn’s cause despite the yardage.

Bigsby was in a really tough spot. He was only a yard short of the first down and seemed to want to go down, but simply couldn’t. It would have been moot with a better 3rd and 1 play, too. Fairly or not, Bigsby will have fingers pointed at him for opening the door for the Crimson Tide offense.

Photo: Auburn running back Tank Bigsby (4) runs into the end zone for a touchdown during Auburn football A-Day spring game at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, April 17, 2021. Jake Crandall via Imagn Content Services, LLC

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