Auburn notebook: The Catch doesn't ripple much in Holland's world
by Ryan Black
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
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Auburn's Ricardo Louis catches a deflected pass for the game-winning touchdown. (Photo by Bill Wilson/The Anniston Star)
Auburn's Ricardo Louis catches a deflected pass for the game-winning touchdown. (Photo by Bill Wilson/The Anniston Star)
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AUBURN — In Jake Holland’s world, last Saturday didn't create too much of a ripple.

Holland goes to only one building on campus for his classes at Auburn during the week, sitting in the same desk each and every day. So while Ricardo Louis’ miracle game-winning touchdown catch against Georgia has been the talk of the country, Holland has barely noticed a difference in his day-to-day interaction with fellow students.

“I don't really get a whole lot of that,” said Holland, a linebacker for the Tigers. “But my classmates congratulated me and the team as a whole, just said it was a good game. I heard everybody talking about the last play and how it was just a crazy win.”

If Holland had it his way, the Tigers never would have needed Louis’ last-minute heroics. From where he was standing, Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray’s 5-yard touchdown — which gave the Bulldogs a 38-37 lead with 1:49 remaining — shouldn’t have counted in the first place.

Of course, he adde this was said selfishly, since he was the player who met Murray at the goal line.

“You don't always get calls to go your way,” he said. “I made the play, so I wish it would have. Ryan (Smith) came in and helped out a little bit. But we still won, so it's all good.”

CATCH STILL FRESH: Like the vast majority of those inside Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday, Jay Prosch watched Auburn’s go-ahead, 73-yard scoring pass to Louis with anxious eyes.

The senior fullback described how the play unfolded from his vantage point.

“I saw the ball in the air and I looked down the field and saw two defenders and I was thinking, ‘Oh man, I don’t know who’s got this,’” he said. “I saw the tip, and I saw that it was still in Ricardo’s range, and I saw him reach out and tip it up to himself and I was like, ‘Grab it, grab it,’ and he grabbed it. After that, I was like, ‘This is a joke. This is unreal. This isn’t happening.’ It was just amazing. I’ve never been on the field or been in a stadium and been able to see a play like that happen. It’s awesome.”

As awe-inspiring as the pass-and-catch was, Prosch said he expects quarterback Nick Marshall to receive some pointedly constructive criticism during offensive meetings this week about not only throwing into double-coverage, but overlooking Sammie Coates, who was wide-open on the play.

“There might be a little bit of that,” Prosch said. “There’s always some learning to do, but in the end, we got the win. We definitely are going to continue to get better.”
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