BCS Championship 2011 Recap: Nick Fairley, Cam Newton and more: The BCS National Championship, which had been mired in a mini-streak of boring for several years, finally provided a thriller last night.
The Auburn Tigers prevailed over the Oregon Ducks, 22-19, on a last second field goal by placekicker Wes Byrum as time expired.
The star of the game was Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley, who was dominant at the point of attack and made several penetrating plays in the backfield.
Largely because of Fairley, LaMichael James Oregon’s running game never got rolling. The Ducks offense—which came into the game averaging 49 points—was held in check.
Aurburn’s Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Cam Newton turned in a spotty but gutsy performance. He missed some open receivers and was largely contained on the ground, but he made enough big plays to cap off his storybook, undefeated season in style.
The victory also provided redemption for Auburn coach Gene Chizik, who was an unpopular choice when he took over the program in 2009.