"Well, they said there was one second on the clock", Saban said on the CBS telecast at halftime, "but it's a live clock, so if (officials) chop the clock, there's no way they can snap it and kick it in one second".
"That makes it my three state championships, I guess", he said.
It's also worth noting the SEC's Twitter page, dedicated to officiating, has not posted anything to explain the ruling as of Saturday evening; in fact, the account has been inactive since midday Saturday.
Auburn backup linebacker Zakoby McClain returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown and a huge swing midway through the third quarter. Nix then found Will Hastings for an 11-yard gain on a throwaway, and then Sal Canella, using his 6-foot-5 frame to keep his toes in bounds while reaching far out of bounds, snared a game-tying touchdown pass with 1:06 left in the first half.
Quarterback Mac Jones scrambled for 18 yards on fourth and 7 to get the Tide into easier field goal range.
Bo Nix completed 15-of-30 passes for 173 yards and a touchdown and JaTarvious Whitlow rushed for 114 yards and a score for Auburn.
Malzahn then leaned on Whitlow and Nix's legs to slice through a exhausted Alabama defense, and Shaun Shivers surged Auburn back in front with an emphatic 11-yard end-around on 3rd-and-5. Carlson made four field goals of 43 yards or more after some late-season struggles. Harris ran 27 times for 146 yards and a TD.