Auburn Claims BCS Championship
Gene Chizik leads Auburn to its first title in 53 seasons.
By: Steven Lassan | 1/11/11, 2:20 AM EST
Byrum's kick gave Auburn the title as time expired.
The 2011 BCS National Championship didn’t feature the offensive fireworks many predicted, but certainly provided some late drama. After a late touchdown and two-point conversion by Oregon to tie the game at 19, Auburn’s Wes Byrum connected on a 19-yard field goal as time expired to give the Tigers their first national championship in 53 seasons.
Nick Fairley was the defensive MVP.
In order for Auburn to win, the defense had to find a way to slow down the Oregon rushing attack and keep the offense out of its normal up-tempo pace. The Tigers, led by tackle Nick Fairley, dominated the Ducks in the trenches and limited the Oregon rushing attack to 81 yards. The Ducks entered this contest averaging over 300 yards on the ground and the struggles on the ground prevented the offense from finding its normal up-tempo pace.
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