That lesson, was learned by a jubilant Auburn fan after Saturday's Iron Bowl.
Meanwhile, Auburn is hoping to polish off a 9-3 season and put itself in position for either a New Year's Six bowl or - at the very least - a holiday season in the Sunshine State.
Alabama's Mac Jones threw a terrible pass midway through the second quarter against Auburn that resulted in a pick-six for Smoke Monday. Carlson made four field goals of 43 yards or more after some late-season struggles.
The ball was spotted, Auburn got the snap away before time ran out in the half, and Anders Carlson converted from 52 yards to cut Alabama's lead to 31-27 at intermission.
A missed 30-yard field goal with two minutes left doomed No. 5 Alabama, and eventually led to their defeat at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
The 5-foot-7-inch, 179-pound Shivers, who was playing the role of injured wide receiver Anthony Schwartz, delivered on his only carry.
Auburn backup linebacker Zakoby McClain returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown and a huge swing midway through the third quarter. It ended being the difference in a 48-45 win for the Tigers. The ball bounced off the back of tailback Najee Harris and into McClain's arms, setting up a sprint down the sideline. The teams have, though, always won one when the other does not.
Out of timeouts, Auburn maneuvered from its own 35 to the Alabama 34 when Whitlow was tackled as time expired in the half. This time, he hauled in a 12-yard touchdown grab, and Joseph Bulovas's extra point lodged the game's 75th point at the 4:57 mark of the third quarter.