How Auburn game compared to 1986 Masters

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Verne Lundquist said last Saturday's Auburn/Alabama game is up there with Jack Nicklaus' incredible 1986 Masters victory when it comes to greatest sports moments the 73-year-old play-by-play man has ever seen.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Wednesday, December 04, 2013 | 10:08 a.m.

When it comes to great sports moments, few have seen more in person than CBS play-by-play man Verne Lundquist.

In a Newsday article on Monday, the 73-year-old Lundquist said, "For 27 years, having experienced Nicklaus winning at Augusta in '86, I have been consistent and I've always said that that was the single greatest sporting event I've ever seen."

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Well now, Lundquist says, there may just be another moment on par with what Nicklaus did at the '86 Masters at age 46.

Lundquist was in the booth at Auburn with color-analyst Gary Danielson calling the college football rivalry game between the Auburn Tigers and the two-time defending champion Alabama Crimson Tide this past Saturday.

The game was tied 28-28 with one second remaining in regulation when Alabama head coach Nick Saban sent out his kicker to attempt a 57-yard, game-winning field goal, likely figuring -- at worst -- a miss would mean overtime.

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The attempt came up woefully short. Auburn's Chris Davis caught the ball in the end zone and ran it back 109 yards for an unthinkable, last-second, game-winning touchdown to knock off the No. 1 team in the country.

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Among those other notable events for Lundquist? Christian Laettner's shot for Duke over Kentucky in the 1992 NCAA Championship.

Initially, Lundquist told Newsday that the Davis return tied for second-best sports moment he'd ever seen with the Laettner prayer. But, after thinking about it some more, Lundquist changed his mind.

"This one is right up there equal to it," said Lundquist, comparing the Davis return to Nicklaus in '86. "And that takes into consideration a lot of different events that I've been lucky enough to be a part of. From start to finish, especially the finish, this was an extraordinary afternoon and evening."

According to the report, Lundquist said that after Saturday's game, Danielson wrote him a note that read: "So you go from Nicklaus at the Masters to the greatest college basketball game ever played to what ultimately might be regarded as the greatest college football game ever played. What's next?"

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T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.