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The South Carolina Gamecocks only score in the fourth quarter as Spencer Lanning kicked a 33-yard field goal to make the score 56-17 Auburn. It was too little, too late for South Carolina because the Auburn Tigers melted the clock away and come away with the 56-17 and go on to win their first SEC title since 2004.
Cam Newton was sick in the biggest game of his career as accounted for six touchdowns and 400 total yards of offense. He played like he was a guy that was ready to get all the drama behind him and just play football.
The Tigers are now 13-0 and will likely play the Oregon Ducks in the BCS Championship game on January 10. South Carolina drops to 9-4 and will play in a New Year's Day bowl game like the Outback Bowl or the Capital One Bowl.
I'm not sure who is going to win between Auburn and Oregon, but if 70 points aren't scored between the two teams, it will be a major disappointment.
It's now the fourth quarter and the Auburn Tigers want to melt the clock as much as they can so they can come away with their 13th win of the season and move on to the BCS Championship game on January 10. They were able add on to their big lead as Cam Newton threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Emory Blake to go up 49-14 with 11:14 left in the game.
Newton has played out of his mind so far, throwing for 333 yards and four touchdowns. He has also rushed for 74 yards and one touchdown, so Newton has accounted for all of Auburn's touchdowns and has close to 50 touchdowns for the season. To put into perspective, he has more touchdowns than 87 of the teams in the FBS.
It has just been a tough go for South Carolina. They could not stop Newton and gave too many big plays. The game is not over, but South Carolina has already put in their backup quarterback as Connor Shaw has taken over.
After another missed field goal by the South Carolina Gamecoks to start the third quarter, the Auburn Tigers went back to work as they put together a seven-play 75-yard drive which ended with a Cam Newton 2-yard touchdown run to give the Tigers the 35-14 lead with 7:56 left in the third quarter. With the score Newton becomes the second player in SEC history to throw for 20 touchdowns and run for 20 touchdowns in a single season (the other player being Tim Tebow).
It was another good drive with Newton running and throwing the football effectively. Two key plays on that drive were Newton running for a 25-yard scramble on a third-and-short play and the other big play was Newton throwing a 39-yard pass to Emory Blake to put the Tigers in scoring position.
Auburn was able to strike right back when Stephen Garcia threw a interception to T´Sharvan Bell and returned it 10 yards for the touchdown. Garcia tried to throw a screen pass to Marcus Lattimore but Bell was right in front of Lattimore and Garcia never saw him because he had to hurry the throw. There is still time left, but that last score by Auburn could be the haymaker that could knock out the Gamecocks.
If you want to watch the video of the hail mary pass at the end of the first half, here's the SB Nation link.
The second quarter was a relatively quite one for both teams until the South Carolina Gamecocks scored with 16 seconds left in the first half when Stephen Garcia thew a 1-yard touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery to cut the Auburn Tigers lead 21-14.
But believe it or not that was too much time for Auburn because Cam Newton threw a 51-yard hail-mary touchdown pass to Darvin Adams to put the Tigers up 28-14 going into halftime.
That play was possible because Newton threw an eight yard pass to Emory Blake which put the Tigers at their own 49-yard line. That was enough room for Newton to throw the 51-yard bomb where it was tipped and fell into the hands of Adams who now has two touchdown receptions along with 215 receiving yards. Newton has 279 yards passing and three touchdowns to go along with his 38 yards rushing and one touchdown.
Just when South Carolina comes with a big play, Auburn comes with a bigger play to keep the Gamecocks at bay. It seems like Auburn is destined to play in the BCS Championship game.
Man, oh man. I'm not sure what the South Carolina Gamecocks can do to stop Cam Newton because he is on fire. After forcing South Carolina to go three-and-out, the Auburn Tigers took over and wasted no time to add seven points to their lead as Newton threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to Darvin Adams to give the Tigers the 21-7 lead with 2:09 left in the first quarter.
So far in the game, Newton has thrown for 183 yards or two touchdowns while Adams has caught for of Newton's seven passes for 139 yards and one touchdown. The touchdown play was a hitch-and-go and South Carolina had a blitz on. But the defensive back for South Carolina bit on the play fake which led to Adams being wide open for Newton.
It's safe to say that Newton is on fire right now and it seems as if nothing can stop him. But stranger things have happen in SEC Championship games, so well see if South Carolina can bounce back in the second quarter.
On the first drive of the game for the Auburn Tigers, they scored via Cam Newton pass. One their next series, Newton used his legs to score the Tigers second touchdown of the game, scoring on a 5-yard touchdown run to give Auburn the 14-7 lead with 5:37 left in the first quarter.
Newton already has 24 rushing yards on four carries along with 112 passing yards and one touchdown. He was able to keep the drive alive as he rushed for 20-yards on a third-and-12 play at midfield. There was a spy on Newton but the linebacker for South Carolina was no match for the quarterback from Atlanta.
As mentioned before, it's going to be a tough road for the South Carolina Gamecocks because they have no answer for Newton. As expected, Newton has been doing it all for the Tigers and will continue to do it all for Auburn if South Carolina doesn't make the adjustments to stop Newton. But even if they make adjustments, it probably won't matter because Newton has been making defenses look bad all year long.
Auburn Tigers head coach Gene Chizik said he wanted his team to get off to fast start in the SEC Championship game against the South Carolina Gamecocks. They did just that as Auburn produced a four-play 77-yard drive which ended with a Cam Newton 12-yard touchdown pass to Onterio McCalebb to give the Tigers the 7-0 lead early in the first quarter.
The play of the drive had to be when Auburn had a play where they ran two fake reverses and that led Newton to throw a 61-yard bomb to Darwin Adams. It's clear Newton has improved as a passer and he is going to have the South Carolina defense on tilt all game long.
But South Carolina was able to respond as Stephen Garcia threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Patrick DiMarco to tie the game at seven. Garcia was perfect on the opening drive for the Gamecocks,completing all four if his attempts with 67 yards. This looks like this will be a shootout because both defenses will have a tough time stopping the opposing teams offense.
South Carolina QB Stephen Garcia landed hard on his left shoulder and jammed his throwing thumb on a helmet during the regular season finale against the Clemson Tigers, but he’s fine and will start against the Auburn Tigers in the SEC Championship Game. Garcia wore a sling on Monday and was limited in practice on Tuesday, but was fine to practice by Wednesday, though he wore a brace while throwing.
Playing at less than 100 percent has never been a problem for Garcia, who played with bruised ribs last year against the Mississippi Rebels. He didn’t leave the Clemson game after either injury. The Cocks need Garcia to have his fourth-straight good game. He hasn’t turned the ball over since Nov. 6, a rare streak of steadiness from one of the SEC’s most sporadic players.
Garcia was benched during Carolina’s first game against the Auburn Tigers for fumbling away two fourth-quarter runs.
When last we checked in on SEC Championship Game odds, the Auburn Tigers were 4.5-point favorites over the South Carolina Gamecocks, down from five the day before. Since then the NCAA declared Cam Newton eligible for Saturday, and the line has jumped to six according to Odds Shark.
Did anybody seriously think Newton wasn’t going to play? Auburn has stared the NCAA down since day one, sliding all its chips to the middle of the table at every opportunity. Lines will always fluctuate throughout the week, but a 1.5-point swing counter to the initial momentum suggests the Newton finding did have some impact.
I thought Carolina was a decent play at -4.5, but -6 sounds even better. Auburn won by eight in Jordan-Hare, so a neutral-site line of five would make sense. But Steve Spurrier is still 5-2 in SEC Championship Games, with one of those losses by only a touchdown. If any team on Auburn’s schedule gave away a win, as is the common message board parlance, it’s Carolina, more so than even the Alabama Crimson Tide or Clemson Tigers. Four straight fourth-quarter turnovers? That’s not happening again.
If you’re not an Auburn Tigers fan or year-round SEC nerd, chances are you weren’t paying all that much attention to Cam Newton before he took on the South Carolina Gamecocks on Sept. 25 earlier this year. At that point, Auburn had just crept into the top 25’s teens after winning a bloodbath against the Clemson Tigers and squeaking past the Mississippi St. Bulldogs, neither of which featured completely dominant Newton performances. He threw an interception against MSU and two against Clemson, in fact.
The highlight most responsible for introducing Newton to his new national audience was this 54-yard scoring sprint early in the first quarter against Carolina, who was actually ranked five spots ahead of Auburn at the time:
Still amazing to watch. That behemoth is outrunning those little guys — not just staying ahead of them, but actually putting distance on them. And nobody’s figured out yet why Newton’s allowed to dive into the end zone, but Markeith Summers isn’t.
Newton finished with 176 yards on the ground and another 158 through the air. His five touchdowns remains tied for his career high. Here’s another Newton touchdown, this one a three-yard dive that closed Carolina’s lead to six just before halftime:
The 2010 SEC Championship Game kicks off at the Georgia Dome in a little over 48 hours, and the media’s lining up in favor of the Auburn Tigers’ chances over the South Carolina Gamecocks’. ESPN’s Chris Low likes Auburn to win by ten, foreseeing the Cocks forcing Cam Newton to win the game with his arm.
Scout.com’s SEC roundtable takes Auburn across the board, while What If Sports has the Tigers winning 58.4 percent of the time. That’s the same level of confidence WIS has in the USC Trojans beating the UCLA Bruins, if that tells you anything.
Will no one stand for Carolina? NBC Sports John Tamanaha will. He takes the Gamecocks by three, acknowledging OBC’s mastery of the Alshon Jeffery-and-Marcus Lattimore attack. With the line where it is, betting on Carolina plus the points isn’t a bad play, and I don’t think an outright upset is as unlikely as many of the experts seem to think it is.
The SEC Championship Game line started at Auburn Tigers -5, but has already moved to -4.5 as bettors Google old highlights of South Carolina Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier dominating in the Georgia Dome in the ’90s. I guess.
The two teams met on Sept. 27, with Auburn winning 35-27. The Cocks led at halftime, but four straight fourth quarter turnovers — two each by quarterbacks Stephen Garcia and Connor Shaw — kept Auburn’s undefeated season alive. Carolina WR Alshon Jeffery had his biggest game ever, riddling Auburn’s secondary for 192 yards and two touchdowns. Auburn has given up tons of yardage to every elite SEC receiver they’ve faced, almost like clockwork. If Garcia and Jeffery can replicate that outburst and hang on to the ball, an upset will certainly be within reach.
They’ll need help from their defense, though, with Cam Newton in the house. Newton scored five touchdowns and gained 334 yards in round one, though the last two might not’ve happened without Carolina turnovers.
Auburn’s won half of its 12 games by a single score. Garcia hasn’t turned the ball over since early November, and Spurrier’s not going to miss a second chance at carving up this Tigers defense. Take the points.
With the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta, Georgia just two weeks away, the South Carolina Gamecocks enjoyed a competitive bye week. The Cocks bossed around the Troy Trojans, getting Stephen Garcia, Marcus Lattimore, and others out of the game early. The Auburn Tigers took the week off to catch up on Cam Newton blog posts.
Next week both teams face state rivals in hostile venues. South Carolina visits the Clemson Tigers, who became bowl eligible today against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Did you know Clemson has the nation’s ninth-best scoring defense? They’ve yet to lose by more than one score, and came a longsnapper’s error from taking Auburn to double overtime.
Auburn heads to Tuscaloosa to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Tide enjoyed a restful week of their own — as restful as a week can be with Nick Saban around, at least. They sent several boosters and professors in to mop up the Georgia St. Panthers on Thursday night.
Tickets to this year’s SEC Championship Game between the South Carolina Gamecocks and Auburn Tigers are starting at $329 on ticket-seller aggregation site FanSnap. Somebody’s also trying to sell a 24-person suite for oveer $30,000, in case that sounds like a good deal to you. FanSnap collects offers from around the web, so it’s probably the best look you can get at how much tickets are going for.
Cam Newton’s play, Cam Newton’s drama, Auburn’s possibly undefeated season, Steve Spurrier’s return to Atlanta, and the Cocks’ first-ever shot at an SEC title will make this an especially high-demand conference title game. But it’s hard to dream up a game that would top what the Georgia Dome hosted in 2008 and 2009. In both years, the Florida Gators and Alabama Crimson Tide played for entry into the BCS National Championship Game. While Auburn will likely make the national title game with an SEC win, South Carolina’s ceiling is the Sugar Bowl.
Both Florida and Alabama are larger universities with bigger fanbases than either of these, as well. Still, demand is obviously already very high and will only get higher if the two teams keep winning.
For the first time since 2000, the coach with more SEC Championship Game appearances than any other will lead his team into the Georgia Dome with a BCS bowl bid on the line. Steve Spurrier's South Carolina Gamecocks are making their first-ever championship game appearance and have never won the SEC, though Spurrier himself made it to seven of these deals in the 1990s as head coach of the Florida Gators.
They'll meet the juggernaut Auburn Tigers, to whom they lost 37-25 on Sept. 27 in Jordan-Hare Stadium -- making them one of only four teams to come within a score of the Tigers. Whether Heisman Trophy favorite Cam Newton will be playing or not, we'll have to wait and see. Judging by Auburn's All Eyez On Me stance on the matter in word and in deed, you'd have to assume he'll be there.
Auburn hasn't won the SEC since 2004, with ten all-time conference banners.
While Atlanta awaits, both have state rivalry business to take care of. The Tigers need to beat the Alabama Crimson Tide to make good and sure an SEC title equals entry into the BCS Championship Game, while Carolina has a trip to see the Clemson Tigers.