BCS National Championship 2011: Live Coverage and Analysis of Auburn Vs. Oregon
The time is almost here—kickoff of the 2011 BCS National Championship game in Glendale, Arizona. Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton will lead his Auburn Tigers against the fast and furious Oregon Ducks.
Everyone knows what Cam Newton brings to the field, and the controversy that surrounds him off the field. Will the Ducks have enough defense to contain Newton, or will Mr. Heisman lead Auburn to the promised land and uphold the SEC's dominance in college football?
Both teams have explosive offense, but Oregon has been known to rattle off plays every 12 to 15 seconds. Will they wear out the Tiger's defense by the second half, or will Auburn simply run the ball down the smaller Oregon defense?
Cam Newton outweighs seven out of nine Oregon defensive ends, all of the Duck's secondary, and all but one linebacker on the Oregon roster.
Kickoff is scheduled at 8:30PM ET, so get your favorite beverage and snack, and follow along as we watch Auburn or Oregon win this year's national championship!
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Auburn 22, Oregon 19 (Final). The Auburn Tigers have won the BCS National Championship on a last second field goal by Wes Bynum. The Pac-10 is the latest victim in SEC's BCS dominance now at five in a row.
Oregon simply could not deal with Auburn's defense tonight. The Ducks gave it their best, but it wasn't good enough.
Auburn 19, Oregon 19 (4Q: 1:56 left). Will we see a last second victory for Auburn via Cam Newton a la Vince Young style? I wouldn't doubt it the way his season has played out to date.
Michael Dyer, Auburn's running back, is doing his best to help Auburn win the game. Oregon thought he was down, but after further review, he wasn't and just ran for 38 yards.
All it takes is a field goal to win. Do you think Wes Byrum is a bit nervous right now?
Auburn 19, Oregon 19. Would it be justice for many if Cam Newton lost the game for Auburn? Alabama fans all over the world are keeping their fingers crossed.
Casey Matthews of Oregon may become a folk hero in Eugene in a few minutes.
However, Cam Newton has plenty of time left to redeem himself. Will he?
Auburn 19, Oregon 11. Oregon's Casey Matthews, son of former NFL great Bruce and brother of current NFL great Clay Matthews, just made the play of his collegiate career by knocking the ball out of Cam Newton's hand while running for a first down.
Dad and brother are quite proud, but not as proud as the Duck Nation. Now will Darron Thomas throw it all away or drive Oregon down the field?
Auburn 19, Oregon 11. Darron Thomas has made mistakes tonight, but the ones that his coaching staff will point out to him is the misreads. When you are facing Auburn's defensive line especially Nick Fairley, Thomas cannot afford to make mistakes with his decisions, and unfortunately for Oregon he made quite a few.
However, Cam Newton just coughed up the ball. It ain't over yet.
Auburn 19, Oregon 11. Auburn is doing a great job of eating game clock on the current drive, but not without pain to Cam Newton. More than once did Cam Newton get up off the ground wincing in pain.
Auburn has punted to Oregon, and with 6.34 left in the fourth quarter, the Ducks have little time left to get back into the game. Even if they score a touchdown, a two-point conversion would be necessary to tie the game.
It ain't over until the fat lady sings, right?
Auburn 19, Oregon 11. Hopefully Nick Fairley will realize that he doesn't have to resort to cheap shots and illegal moves sooner rather than later. He's an incredible talent and has the skills to dominate at the next level.
Brent Musberger asked if Nick Fairley would look good in Carolina Blue. His innuendo may be spot on.
Auburn 19, Oregon 11. It seems that Oregon is lacking tricks and time in Glendale, Ariz. Will Chip Kelly come up with something to bring his Ducks back, or is Auburn to powerful and unstoppable?
There is plenty of time left, and Oregon is down eight points, so there is still a chance. However, very few things seem to be working for the Ducks, and if Auburn scores a touchdown on this drive it may be all she wrote.
End of third quarter—Auburn 19, Oregon 11. Don't be surprised if you witness Oregon's trainers wrapping and taping several ankles between quarters. Auburn's Cam Newton tore off on a run that left several Ducks bobbing and weaving and making them wish they were back in the water in Eugene.
Seriously, there's fifteen minutes left. Will the "War Eagle" scream be heard in the Glendale desert?
Auburn 19, Oregon 11. Seriously, what was Chip Kelly thinking? His offense has lost the battle in the trenches to Auburn all night, and he's going to push his luck on 4th and goal? Yes, hindsight is always 20/20, but that was a stupid call.
Auburn ball deep in their own territory. If Auburn drives and scores, then the game may be over for the Ducks.
Auburn 19, Oregon 11. Yes, that was a great play by punter Jackson Rice, but I'm not sure that was suppose to happen. I think he saw the block happening and decided to throw it instead.
I could be wrong, but I don't think I am. Let's call it the Jim Rome play.
And then Auburn stops Oregon on 4th and goal. Chip Kelly just got greedy. His offense hasn't been able to push Auburn's defense all night; what made him think he could do it now?
Auburn 19, Oregon 11. Again, Oregon's defense stands tall against Auburn's offense. Both teams continue to shock the college football world by holding each other to low scoring. Some felt that both teams would score 50 points and have near or over 500 yards of offense.
Doesn't look like that's going to happen. I do have a question: How can a field in the desert be wet or moist especially inside a closed stadium? Inquiring minds want to know.
Auburn 19, Oregon 11. What is Chip Kelly thinking? Oregon's game is based on speed, but to start the second half the Ducks seem to be thinking way too much and playing methodically. As guessed, LaMichael James was given the ball more than once as Oregon attempted to get their running game going, but Auburn's Nick Fairley took over and that was that.
By the way, I think Nick Fairley will do well in the NFL. Would you agree?
Auburn 19, Oregon 11. After executing ball control offense and methodically moving the ball down field, Auburn settles for a field goal to start the second half. Oregon should be thankful they only gave up three points.
Now it's the "Quack Attack's" turn. What adjustments did Oregon make in the locker room? Will LaMichael James take over for Oregon in the second half?
Auburn 16, Oregon 11. Auburn is doing a good job of burning game clock, and just as I'm typing this Cam Newton goes deep and finds Philip Lutzenkirchen for 39 yards to the Oregon 16 yard line.
Oregon may simply be gassed. Auburn can get you with speed and power, and the Ducks are undersized and perhaps winded.
This may play out poorly for the Ducks.