by CFP Staff
January 11, 2010
Wes Byrum's 19-yard field goal as time expired lifted Auburn to a 22-19 win over Oregon in the BCS Championship Game on Monday, January 10 in Glendale, Arizona.
Oregon had tied the game just 2:33 earlier on Darron Thomas' 2-yard pass to LaMichael James, followed by a 2-point conversion toss to Jeff Maehl.
The second play of Auburn's ensuing possession appeared to be stopped after a 6 or 7-yard gain, but RB Michael Dyer actually rolled over the defender's body without touching the ground. For a second, everyone stood still before Dyer was implored by players on his sideline to run. And run he did, all the way to the Oregon 23-yard line for a 37-yard gain. No whistle had blown the play dead, and the extra yardage gained was upheld by replay.
Three plays later, Dyer broke off a 16-yard run to the 1-yard line and Byrum was set up for the chip shot game winner.
Auburn finished the season 14-0 and gave the SEC a 5th straight BCS title, adding to Florida's wins in 2006 and 2008, LSU's 2007 title, and Alabama's victory last year. SEC teams also won in 2003 (LSU) and 1998 (Tennessee) and are 7-0 all-time in BCS title games. In fact, the SEC has won all five games since the BCS Championship game was established as a separate affair in 2006.
The win was also Auburn's 4th straight bowl victory as it improved its all-time bowl record to 21-13-2.
Oregon finished the season 12-1 and the Ducks' bowl record fell to 9-15 all-time. Oregon has lost in six of its last eight bowl appearances.
Oregon entered the contest as the nation's No. 1 scoring team at 49.3 points per game, and Auburn was No. 4 at 42.7 points per game, but this game never came close to materializing into the offensive shootout that virtually everyone expected.
Points were at a premium. Oregon scored a 2-point conversion on an option, and Auburn got two points back on a safety when LaMichael James was tackled in his own end zone.
It is Auburn's first national title since 1957 (AP) when it split the title with Ohio State (UPI). This one comes in Gene Chizik's second season as head coach of the Tigers and he improved his record to 22-5.
Chip Kelly is 22-4 in two seasons as head coach of the Ducks.
Auburn dominated the postseason awards in 2010 as Newton won the 2010 Heisman Trophy, the Maxwell Award for best player, the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, the Davey O'Brien Award for top quarterback, the AP Player of the Year award and was named QB of the CFP All-America team.
Gene Chizik received the Eddie Robinson Award as the nation's top coach, and was also named Home Depot Coach of the Year.
DE Nick Fairley was proclaimed the 2010 Lombardi Award winner as the nation's top collegiate lineman.
On this night, Newton was 20-of-34 for 265 yards and two touchdowns and he added 64 yards on the ground. His one- season masterpiece ended with some staggering stats, such as 185-of-280 for 2,854 yards passing, 30 TD's and 7 INT's. And he ran for 1,473 yards and 20 TD's to join Nevada QB Colin Keapernick (2010) and Florida QB Tim Tebow (2007) as the only other players in FBS history to throw 20 or more TD passes and run for 20 or more TD's in the same season.