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Many people around Auburn are calling this season a miracle. And there are a lot of people doing a lot of things in this fan base to contribute to this miracle season. So we tried to find some numbers to help quantify a miracle.

On the radio call of Ricardo Lewis' hail mary catch against Georgia, Auburn announcers called the play a miracle.To make sense of the hysteria, we tried to quantify a miracle. We started by visiting a Bible study made up of mostly Auburn students and alumni.

There, we found a physical therapist assistant who is also an Auburn alum. We asked him to estimate his blood pressure that moment when Jordan-Hare erupted.

"It was about 250 over 120, I would have to say," said Chris Jennings. "It was pretty high. It was a great play, great catch. We were just very blessed that he was in the right area at the right time."

The blood pressure was high, and the blood sugar probably was too, at least that is what sales at Toomer's Drugstore would lead you to believe. They usually use around 8 or 10 boxes of lemons for their famous lemonade on an ordinary day. But, on game days this year, it is much higher.

"We sold a lot," Michael Overstreet, manager of Toomer's Drugstore. "Typically on most game days, we run between 60 and 100 cases. There are about 115 lemons in each case. We definitely did a lot. I think this weekend, we ran at about the 80 cases range."

That means they are using 9,200 lemons on a game day.

 For Auburn students, it can be the road games that take the biggest toll on them...and their cars. We asked one student to calculate how far he has traveled for road games.

 "For this year, it is about 3,400 miles," said student Matthew Rhodes. "Yeah, I was pretty surprise. A&M was a nice chunk of that obviously. A&M, Arkansas, and Tennessee were all good road trips."

And over the course of his college career, Matthew has traveled more than 13,000 miles for Auburn football game. So, what the numbers tell us is that the scoreboard is a good way to find out if Auburn is feeling miraculous.

"We are seeing a lot more people come to the game. A lot more people come to the store. There is a lot of excitement around Auburn right now," Overstreet said.

And that excitement can be described in the same way that these students described a piece of scripture.

"It's weird and awesome," said Brent Westlake who was leading the Bible Study.

Auburn faithful are just hoping the miracles continue against their biggest foe: Alabama.

Dayne Young

Dayne is a sports anchor and reporter for WRBL. He started covering the Chattahoochee Valley in September 2012. More>>

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