It's somewhat hard to characterize last night's BCS Championship game. For the most part, it was a lackluster, defensive affair that didn't deliver the kind of excitement that these two teams are capable of. However, it will also be remembered for a great ending that finally did flash the excitement we were all hoping for. The crazy final 5 minutes nearly made up for the previous 55 of drudgery.â†µ
It all started when Casey Matthews, brother of the Packer's Clay Matthews, stripped Auburn's Cam Newton as the Tigers were driving to put the game away. Down 19-11, Oregon drove 45 yards in just over two minutes, capping off the drive with a LaMichael James touchdown. They would also complete a successful two point conversion to tie the game at 19.
Freshman running back Michael Dyer was the star of the ensuing Auburn drive with runs of 37 and 16 yards to put Auburn on the one yard line. Wes Byrum knocked through the game winning field goal with no time left.â†µ
Auburn became the first team since Georgia Tech in 1990 to win the national title after being ranked outside the top 20 in preseason. With Alabama's title last year, this is the first time in over 70 years that two teams from the same state have won the national title back to back.â†µ