With just over a second remaining in today's first Men's Basketball National Semifinal, Virginia's Kyle Guy caught an inbound pass and desperately heaved it toward the basket from the corner.
The ball rimmed out as time expired.
And that's all hundreds of fans in Auburn, AL needed to see. They raced into the campus streets to begin celebrating, unaware that junior guard Samir Doughty had fouled Guy with his body on that shot, sending the Cavaliers' sharpshooter to the line where he drained all three free throws, including the tying and game-winning points.
But they were no longer watching. Which means this happened.
Words cant describe the emotional roller coaster that we just witnessed... pic.twitter.com/RWmXNVP1Dl— Woodford (@OldRowWoodford) April 7, 2019
Celebrate good times! Cmon!... pic.twitter.com/iq0f233MJK— Woodford (@OldRowWoodford) April 7, 2019
And then unhappened.
Uh oh... pic.twitter.com/Ds8YjYdIcV— Woodford (@OldRowWoodford) April 7, 2019
Until reality set in.
Not good. Somber sadness. pic.twitter.com/RaA7WCcCoG— Woodford (@OldRowWoodford) April 7, 2019
The premature War Eaglulation was not reserved for just campus fans, either.
An Auburn fan next to me poured beer on his head thinking they won.— Master (@MasterTes) April 7, 2019
When they eventually lost, he was arrested. pic.twitter.com/ZgbTg63bGX
Auburn's inspiring run to the Final Four - the first in school history - had come to an end. But for a few brief and fleeting moments, the Tigers were on their way to the title game.