ATHENS- Auburn's hopes of reaching the Southeastern Conference championship game took a major blow before the kickoff.
The Tigers didn't let it get them down.
Devin Aromashodu turned a fourth-down pass into a 63-yard gain, setting up John Vaughn's 20-yard field goal with six seconds remaining that gave No. 15 Auburn a thrilling 31-30 victory over ninth-ranked Georgia on Saturday night.
The Tigers (8-2, 6-1 SEC) were hoping hated rival Alabama would remain unbeaten, setting up a head-to-head showdown for the Western Division title next week at Auburn.
But the Crimson Tide lost to LSU 16-13 in overtime shortly before the Auburn-Georgia game kicked off, putting the Bayou Bengals in control of the division race.
Georgia (7-2, 5-2) is actually in better shape despite the loss. Helped out by South Carolina's upset of Florida, the Bulldogs can still claim a spot in the SEC's Dec. 3 championship game with a win over lowly Kentucky next week.
In a wild game featuring eight lead changes, Auburn came through when it counted. On fourth-and-11 at their own 34, Brandon Cox found Aromashodu breaking free over the middle.
The receiver made the catch in stride and raced for the end zone. Just short of the goal line, Georgia defensive back Paul Oliver managed to knock the ball away, with Auburn's Courtney Taylor falling on the fumble in the end zone.
Since the ball was fumbled forward, Auburn got it at the 3 with 1:52 remaining. That actually worked to the Tigers' advantage, allowing them to run down the clock before Vaughn's winning kick.
The chip shot erased some of the sting from Vaughn's 1-of-6 performance against LSU last month, a game Auburn lost in overtime and may keep the Tigers out of the SEC championship game.