Auburn Tigers quarterback Cam Newton did not have to prove much from a personal standpoint when he took the field for the BCS Championship Game Monday against the Oregon Ducks. With Stanford standout Andrew Luck electing to return to school, Newton would have been viewed as a top-three quarterback prospect regardless of his performance.
Yet he played like a man on a mission. He did not post great numbers; in fact, he struggled against a defense that quickly proved it could contain him as a runner to an extent no team had been able to all season. He even fumbled the ball away in the fourth quarter, his second turnover, giving the Ducks the opportunity to drive down the field and tie the game.
In the end, though, Newton conducted a final drive to a game winning field goal and proved he can handle the pressure of a big game and a big moment. Read on for the ten biggest plays he made in what will almost surely be his final game for Auburn.