BCS Championship: Auburn v. Oregon – Recap
The Auburn Tigers edged the Oregon Ducks in the BCS Championship in thrilling fashion 22-19. Auburn was led by a strong defensive effort with DT Nick Fairley leading the way with three tackles for a loss and many more disruptive plays. Cam Newton seemed to struggle with his accuracy and didn’t look as agile as he did during the regular season. Nevertheless, when crucial third downs came up in the second half there was no doubt that Cam would be carrying the ball. While many expected a shootout in this game, the near two month layoff helped stall both offenses throughout the first quarter and zero points were scored in the period. The over / under for the game was set at 74 but the total fell way below the number. Darron Thomas, the Oregon QB, showed that he is no Dennis Dixon and was clearly bothered by the situation making poor throws and bad decisions. Auburn freshman RB Michael Dyer played his best game of the season constantly gashing the Oregon defense up the middle. He finished with 143 rushing yards, was named offensive MVP, and was congratulated by Bo Jackson on the sideline (what a night). Auburn’s size and power was apparent from the first hits of the game but it wasn’t until the fourth quarter did the hogs up front take over. Dyer broke two big runs on the last drive of the game and Auburn iced the game with a FG w/2 seconds left on the clock.
- Darron Thomas: Very poor showing from Thomas. (C-)
- LaMichael James: Got a little banged up last night but there is not doubt about this Texan’s talent, future top pick. (B)
- Jeff Maehl: The Wes Welker type showed off his complete game last night. (A-)
- Matthews: What a football family. (B+)
- Cam Newton: Lots of off-balanced throws last night and while he has to be considered 1st round talent, expectations need to be tempered. Seems like an ideal fit for Buffalo and Gailey. (B)
- Michael Dyer: The true Freshman won’t be a prospect for a couple years but had to give him an (A).
- Onterio McCalebb: On the field much less than expected but that was a successful plan. Still broke a couple plays, unquestioned speed. (B)
- Nick Fairley: BEAST. Best player in the draft, although could be risky given former one-year wonder DT busts. (A++)
- Lee Ziemba: Led the big Auburn o-line, but was called for questionable hold. 6’8 man will be at Senior Bowl. (B+)