The Auburn Tigers have given the SEC one for the thumb, winning the conference’s fifth-straight BCS National Championship Game in a 22-19 HAM NEWTON of a game against the Oregon Ducks. A brief recounting of the silly-ass scoring throughout the first three quarters here, though that was nothing compared to the final quarter.
On third down from Auburn’s goal line, and just after a Nick Fairley penalty, Darron Thomas found LaMichael James for a two-yard touchdown, then a two-point conversion to Jeff Maehl to tie it up. The Tigers then had 2:33 to attempt to retake the lead.
The drive might not have ended up such a chip shot for kicker Wes Byrum if not for two amazing Michael Dyer runs, the first of which seemed to end as Dyer toppled onto an Oregon defender. Dyer stood as his sideline exhorted him to keep running, which he did. After another look, his wrist appeared to touch the turf, which has been enough to rule a player down in previous bowl games this year, but whatever. Dyer broke for 37 yards to just about seal it.
These teams combined for 975 yards of offense, and pretty evenly split those yards too. Auburn’s defense alternated between completely overwhelming Oregon’s offensive line and getting hands-on-hips winded, while Oregon held Cam Newton to only 65 yards rushing.
Dyer and Fairley were named the players of the game, with Dyer running for 143 yards and Fairley dropping six plays for losses.
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