The Associated Press
Auburn’s Cam Newton celebrates with fans after beating Oregon 22-19 in the BCS National Championship game on Monday in Glendale, Ariz.
War Eagle, that's a chant you may have heard over the last 24 hours, and no doubt you'll continue to hear for a little while. And why not, those who are faithful followers of the Auburn football program have reason to cheer these days. Monday night in the Arizona desert, the Tigers completed a perfect season by beating a very talented and spirited Oregon Ducks team, which had also gone into the title game undefeated. The game was a back and forth affair, and though it seemed as if Auburn was dominating much of the way, the Tigers couldn't quite pull away. Cam Newton made some big plays, but he also missed some golden opportunities to help put the game away.
Credit the Ducks, following a turnover by Newton as the Tigers would looking for the clinching score, Oregon scored a touchdown and then got the game tying two point conversion.
Then came the biggest play of the game, Auburn running back Michael Dyer near midfield, appears to be tackled, but no whistle, turns out he never hit the ground, and he winds up taking it inside the 25. Another couple of runs takes Auburn to the half foot line where with time running out Wes Byrum kicks a 19 yarder to win it 22-19. For the SEC it's now 7 and oh in BCS title games, and it's now five in a row. But this time it's all about Gene Chizik and his Tigers.