photo by todd van emst — courtesy of jay g. tate
Auburn defeats Oregon, 22-19. War Eagle!
Just as predicted the Auburn Tigers are your BCS national champions. I listened to the game on the internet (at 4:30 am) while drinking coffee and making (and eating) pancakes. I wish I could have watched it, but our internet connection just won’t do it (I was booted off-line at least 20 times during the first half — only 3 in the second). The game wasn’t any closer than I thought it would be — but it was a LOT lower scoring. I expected to see it come down to the last possession, but I never ever would have guessed that neither team would break 30 points. I was envisioning something like 48-45.
A few interesting stats and whatnot:
- This is Auburn’s first national championship since 1957. [But they were shafted in 2004.]
- Auburn finished the season as the only team to beat more than five teams ranked in the top 25. They beat seven. ONE-HALF of the teams on Auburn’s schedule finished their seasons ranked in the top 25.
- Gene Chizik is 7-0 in bowl games, and 2-0 in national championships. [But he was shafted in 2004.]
- Heisman Trophy winner Cameron Newton ate three Oregon players while throwing for 265 yards and rushing for 64.
- Freshman running back Michael Dyer rushed for 144 yards and was named offensive MVP.
- Wes Byrum ended his Auburn career by kicking yet another game-winning field goal for the Tigers. He’s the highest point-scorer in school history.
- Defensive lineman Nick Fairley had 5 tackles, 3 for a loss, and won defensive MVP. Also, it’s been reported that he will, for the next few weeks, be visiting at least three of the Ducks in their nightmares.
- Speaking of Nick Fairley, Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas rushed for -6 yards on the night. [Yes, that is a minus sign.]
- This is the first season in which Auburn has won 14 games in a season. And they came from behind in 9 of them.
- Auburn is the 5th consecutive SEC team to win the national championship. But this was a down year in the SEC, you know.
Nike designed some super awesome uniforms for Oregon to lose in. And I use those words super and awesome to mean it looked like 5th graders were given charcoal and highlighters and asked to draw football uniforms with feathers on the shoulders. I know Nike gave the feathers-on-the-shoulder order, because not even 5th graders would think that looks good. Here’s a photo of an “athlete” in the uniform:
And here’s a photo of a scared athlete in the same uniform:
I kind of hesitate to make fun of these Oregon uniforms, though. Because the last time I did, I was told it was bad of me. I think the exact words were, “This blog drips with the hypocrisy of Christianity.“
Odds and Ends
I have only one friend who is an Oregon fan. His name is Charlie. You ought to head over to his blog and say hello. But don’t be rude; I’m sure he’s already pretty upset. As a matter of fact, if his comment on my post yesterday was any sign, I’m not sure he’ll even get out of bed today. Anyway, a simple “sorry for your loss” should suffice.
And to close it out today, would you guys do me this one small favor? [Of course, as usual, everyone is welcome -- encouraged even -- to comment below.] But just out of curiosity I’d like to know how many Auburn fans regularly read my blog. Would you guys let me know? You don’t have to type anything more than “war eagle” (though you’re welcome to type more if you like). Now, I’m talking actual Auburn FANS, though, not just those of you who were cheering for us last night. Though we do sincerely appreciate your support and thank you for your encouragement.
War Eagle! The SEC rules.