On January 10, 2011 The Auburn Tigers played the Oregon Ducks in the Tostitos BCS National Championship game.
The game was played at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale Arizona. The stadium is home to the National Football League’s Arizona Cardinals.
Both teams were respectably ranked No. 1 and 2 in the country. Auburn went 13-0 during the season with eight of those wins coming in SEC games. They beat the South Carolina Gamecocks to win the SEC Championship game which clipped their ticket to the National Championship game. As for Oregon they were 12-0 during the season with nine of their wins coming in Pac-10 games. They were also Champions of the Pac-10 Conference beating their arch rival Oregon State Beavers.
Each team had a player that was one of the best in the Country. Auburn had Heisman Trophy winner quarterback Cam Newton and Oregon had LaMichael James who led the country in rushing yards this whole season.
Polls showed Auburn the 51% favorite the day of the game. Going into the game everyone thought this would be a 45-41 final score with either team taking the crystal ball home. The game ended up being scoreless after the first quarter. 27 points were scored in the second quarter with Auburn leading 16-11 at halftime.
The low scoring continued in the third quarter with Auburn scoring only three points making the score 19-11 going into the final quarter of the college football season. With less than seven minutes on the clock the Ducks got a key turnover which gave the ball to quarterback Darren Thomas and the rest of the high powered offense of the Ducks to score a touchdown and a two-point conversion to toe the game at 19-19.
Newton then led his dominant offense down the field to try and put the game away on the last possession of the game. Freshman running back Michael Dyer had a key play when he looked to be tackled but landed on a player and got back up to gain more yards. He then had another run that put the ball on Oregon’s one yard line.
Two seconds were left on the clock when Auburn’s kicker Wes Byrum hit a 19 yard field goal to give Auburn University their first National Football Championship since 1957.
“I thought it was a really good game and came down to the wire”, said junior Sarina Way.