Both Oregon and Auburn applauded each others' play in the BCS National Championship game, but it was Auburn celebrating their first national title since 1957.
"Fifty-three years, baby!" coach Gene Chizik said to the cheering crowd. "This is for you. War Eagle!"
"I was going out there, trying to make a play. I just kept my feet moving," Michael Dyer said.
In a statement released after the game, Big Ten referee Bill LeMonnier said he was confident of the call: "The ruling on the field was there was nothing other than the foot that touched the ground," he explained.
The freshman finished with 143 yards and was chosen Offensive Player of the Game - no small feat considering he had Newton playing well on the same offense.
Cam Newton threw for 265 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 64 yards, all in a night's work: "I'm OK. It was worth it," he said.
Cam Newton: "Coach Chizik always challenged us on each level, you know, not only on the defense side of the ball and the offense side of the ball, offensive line, secondary. Throughout this season, everybody just responded and stepped up to the task. This week everyone knew the odds was on Auburn defense to see how they would respond to Oregon's offense. Not taking anything away from Oregon, because we played an excellent team. But our defense did their homework and, you know, they did the job."
"When it comes down to a field goal at the last second, you can always point to play here, a play there, but it really doesn't do much for you," Oregon coach Chip Kelly said. "We're a forward-thinking operation, and we'll learn from this thing and move forward."
"Winning a championship for the Auburn family, I can't really describe it right now," Chizik said. "To try would probably cheapen it."
At Auburn, the words "War Eagle" would almost surely suffice.