Auburn Wins National Championship With Game Winner Against Oregon

Monday, January 10, 2011 - 11:41pm

The Auburn Tigers won their second national championship, and first since 1957, with a 22-19 victory over Oregon in the BCS National Championship game.  Before a packed crowd at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, Auburn kicker Wes Byrum connected on a 19-yard field goal for the deciding points.

Auburn led 16-11 at halftime, and 19-11 late in the game until Oregon's Casey Matthews, son of the former NFL linebacker Clay, knocked the ball from Auburn Quarterback Cam Newton's hands while the Heisman-winning quarterback was trying to ice a 19-11 lead.

Oregon's offense, shut down by Nick Fairley and Company for most of the night, moved 45 yards over the next 2:17 and Darron Thomas threw a shovel pass to LaMichael James for a touchdown. Thomas hit Jeff Maehl for the tying 2-point conversion with 2:33 left, tying the game at 19, and the game was down to one possession.

Cam Newton led Auburn on a game winning drive, mostly thanks to the legs of Running Back Michael Dyer, who had a 37-yard run with two minutes left in the game, in which he appeared down but wasn't — his knee never hit the ground — as he rolled over Oregon defender Eddie Pleasant to put the Tigers in scoring position.

Three plays later, Dyer ran 16 yards to push the ball to the 1 and set up Wes Byrun's 19-yard field goal with no time left. It was his sixth career game-winning field goal — the one that capped off a perfect, 14-0 season for Auburn.

The National Championship was the 5th in a row by an SEC team.

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