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Alabama’s “Fourth & Thirty-One” moment has its pencil sketch unveiled

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Jalen Milroe and Isaiah Bond kept Alabama’s postseason hopes for the College Football Playoff alive on a miracle play against Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium in the Iron Bowl.

Auburn held a 24-20 lead with 43 seconds left in the fourth quarter when Crimson Tide fans witnessed a play that will live on forever. Alabama had a fourth down and goal with 31 yards to score a touchdown. A bad snap on a previous play caused the Tide’s offense to lose yards. Auburn fans felt they spoiled Alabama’s season, but Milroe and Bond had other thoughts. The sophomore quarterback bought time in the pocket on the most significant play of the season, working Bond to the left corner of the end zone.

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Milroe placed the ball in the perfect spot and Bond did the rest. His reception, named “Gravedigger,” silenced the crowd and propelled the Tide to a 27-24 comeback victory. Daniel Moore, an esteemed sports oil painter, has unveiled the pencil sketch to cement Milroe and Bond in history. The full-color painting is coming, but Moore wanted Tide fans to see the design first.

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“Fourth & Thirty-One” is ready to be seen by everyone through Moore’s eyes. 

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith. 

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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