2011 BCS National Championship Game

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2011 Tostitos BCS National Championship Game
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1234Total
Oregon0110819
Auburn0163322
DateJanuary 10, 2011
Season 2010
Stadium University of Phoenix Stadium
Location Glendale, Arizona
MVPOffense: Michael Dyer (RB, Auburn)
Defense: Nick Fairley (DT, Auburn)
Favorite Auburn by 2 [1]
National anthem Air Force Cadet Chorale
Referee Bill LeMonnier (Big Ten)
Halftime show Auburn University Marching Band
Oregon Marching Band
Attendance78,603
Payout US$21.2 million
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN
Announcers Brent Musburger (play-by-play)
Kirk Herbstreit (analyst)
Erin Andrews and Tom Rinaldi (sideline) [2]
Nielsen ratings 17.8 (27.3 million viewers) [3]
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The 2011 Tostitos BCS National Championship Game was the final college football game to determine the national champion of the 2010 NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) season. The finale of the 2010-2011 Bowl Championship Series was played at the University of Phoenix Stadium, the host facility of the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona on January 10, 2011 (8:30 p.m. ET).

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BCS National Championship Game

The BCS National Championship Game, or BCS National Championship, was a postseason college football bowl game, used to determine a national champion of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), first played in the 1998 college football season as one of four designated bowl games, and beginning in the 2006 season as a standalone event rotated among the host sites of the aforementioned bowls.

The NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), formerly known as Division I-A, is the top level of college football in the United States. The FBS is the most competitive subdivision of NCAA Division I, which itself consists of the largest and most competitive schools in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). As of 2018, there are 10 conferences and 130 schools in FBS.

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The Auburn Tigers from the Southeastern Conference faced the Oregon Ducks of the Pacific-10 Conference for the national championship. A 19-yard field goal by Wes Byrum, as time expired, won the game for the Tigers, with the final score 22-19.

2010 Auburn Tigers football team

The 2010 Auburn Tigers football team represented Auburn University in the 2010 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Tigers, led by second-year head coach Gene Chizik were members of the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference and played their home games at Jordan–Hare Stadium. The Tigers completed a 12–0 regular season record and defeated South Carolina in the 2010 SEC Championship Game.

Southeastern Conference College athletics conference of universities in the southern United States

The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is an American college athletic conference whose member institutions are located primarily in the Southern part of the United States. Its fourteen members include the flagship public universities of eleven states, two additional public land grant universities, and one private research university. The conference is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. The SEC participates in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I in sports competitions; for football, it is part of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), formerly known as Division I-A.

2010 Oregon Ducks football team

The 2010 Oregon Ducks football team represented the University of Oregon in the 2010 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was led by Chip Kelly in his second season as a head coach. The Ducks played their home games at Autzen Stadium for the 44th straight year.

The game was the first BCS National Championship Game not televised on network television, instead being aired on ESPN [4] and simulcast on ESPN3, and recorded a 16.1 rating, the highest overnight rating on record for a cable television program, topping the previous high of 14.4, set by Patriots/Saints on ESPN in 2009. [5] This marked the second time that the national championship under the BCS system was played in Arizona. [6] It was also the first time that the BCS National Championship was streamed to a video game console, specifically the Xbox 360.

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Teams

Finishing No. 1 and No. 2 in the final BCS rankings, respectively, the Auburn Tigers from the Southeastern Conference faced the Oregon Ducks of the Pacific-10 Conference for the national championship. Both teams finished the regular season undefeated. The Coaches Poll, which partially factored into the BCS rankings, had Oregon No. 1 and Auburn No. 2, though Auburn's higher rankings in the Harris Interactive Poll and computer polls gave them the edge for No. 1 in the BCS. The Associated Press Poll (AP), which did not factor into the BCS rankings, had Auburn No. 1 and Oregon No. 2.

The Coaches Poll is a weekly ranking of the top 25 NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) college football, Division I college basketball, and Division I college baseball teams. The football version of the poll has been known officially as the Amway Coaches Poll since 2014.

Oregon Ducks

The Ducks led the Pacific-10 Conference in scoring offense (592 points, 49.3 average), rushing offense (42 touchdowns, 303.8 yards per game), rushing defense (11 touchdowns, 117.6 yards per game), and total offense (71 touchdowns, 537.5 yards per game). The team was led by tailback LaMichael James, who tops the conference with 1,682 yards on 281 carries, 21 touchdowns and averaging 152.9 yards per game. His longest carry was for 76 yards. Jeff Maehl was Oregon's top receiver at 78.58 ypg for 12 touchdowns. Casey Matthews had averaged 6.08 tackles per game for the Ducks, followed by Spencer Paysinger (5.7), Talmadge Jackson III (5.6) and John Boyett (5.6).

LaMichael James All-American college football player, professional football player, running back

LaMichael Keondrae "LaMike" James is a former American football running back. James played college football for the University of Oregon.

Casey Matthews American football player

Casey Christopher Matthews is a former American football linebacker. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oregon. He is the brother of Clay Matthews III.

Oregon was wearing the Nike new Pro Combat uniforms, their 13th uniform combination worn this season.

Auburn Tigers

The Tigers completed the season on top of the Southeastern Conference in scoring offense (42.7 points per game), rushing offense (287.2 yards per game) and total offense (497.7 yards per game). Auburn also led the conference in pass efficiency (174 of 261 passes, 6 interceptions, 66.7%, 29 touchdowns), third-down conversions (77 of 145, 53.1%) and first downs (316 or 24.3 per game). Quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton led the conference in rushing, pass efficiency, total offense, and scoring. On the receiving end, Darvin Adams caught 13 of 48 passes for 909 yards (69.92 ypg) and 7 touchdowns. Josh Bynes, Zac Etheridge and Neiko Thorpe made 199 tackles for the Tigers during the season.

Heisman Trophy annual award for outstanding college football player

The Heisman Memorial Trophy, is awarded annually to a player in NCAA football. Winners epitomize great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work. It is presented by the Heisman Trophy Trust in early December before the postseason bowl games.

Cam Newton American football player, quarterback, Heisman Trophy winner

Cameron Jerrell Newton is an American football quarterback for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Auburn and was drafted as the first overall pick by the Panthers in the 2011 NFL Draft. Newton is the only player in the modern era to be awarded the Heisman Trophy, win a national championship, and become the first overall pick in an NFL draft within a one-year span. He was the 2011 NFL Rookie of the Year, is a three-time Pro Bowler, and was named the NFL MVP in 2015.

Darvin Adams American football player

Darvin Adams is an American professional Canadian football wide receiver for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He was signed by the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He played college football at Auburn.

Game summary

Before the game a moment of silence was held for the victims of the shooting in Tucson, Arizona, two days before the game in which US Representative Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head and 6 others, including Federal Judge John Roll, were killed. [7]

At halftime Auburn led 16-11; one of Auburn's scores was a safety where the Auburn defense tackled Oregon's LaMichael James in the Oregon end zone. [8]

In the 3rd quarter Auburn kicker Wes Byrum kicked a 28-yard field goal to give Auburn a 19-11 lead. [8] The teams traded possession several times until Oregon recovered a fumble on the Auburn 40-yard line with 5:05 left. Oregon then drove down the field and scored a touchdown with 2:33 minutes remaining in the game. They added a two-point conversion to tie the score at 19-19. [9]

On the game's final possession, Auburn drove 73 yards [10] to the Oregon 1-yard line and won the game with a field goal as time expired. The drive included a run by Michael Dyer in which he appeared to be tackled after 6-7 yards, but fell on top of defender Eddie Pleasant with neither his knees nor the ball touching the ground. The Auburn sideline urged Dyer to continue after getting back up, and the Oregon defense finally tackled him after a 37-yard gain. The play was reviewed and the ruling on the field was upheld. Dyer then rushed for a touchdown, but a subsequent review showed that Dyer's knee went down before crossing the goal line. The touchdown was reversed and the ball placed at the Oregon 1-yard line. From there, Auburn ran the clock down to 2 seconds, and Wes Byrum kicked a game-winning 19-yard field goal as time expired, giving Auburn the national championship. [11]

Scoring summary

Scoring summary
QuarterTime Drive TeamScoring informationScore
Plays Yards TOP AuburnOregon
214:1310623:01Oregon26-yard field goal by Rob Beard03
212:008822:13Auburn Kodi Burns 35-yard touchdown reception from Cam Newton, Wes Byrum kick good73
210:584931:02Oregon LaMichael James 8-yard touchdown reception from Darron Thomas, 2-point run good711
23:261-10:18AuburnLaMichael James tackled in end zone for a safety by Mike Blanc911
21:476661:39AuburnEmory Blake 30-yard touchdown reception from Cam Newton, Wes Byrum kick good1611
311:309603:30Auburn28-yard field goal by Wes Byrum1911
42:338402:21OregonLaMichael James 2-yard touchdown reception from Darron Thomas, 2-point pass good1919
40:007732:33Auburn19-yard field goal by Wes Byrum2219
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football.2219

Statistics

StatisticsOREAUB
First downs2324
Total yards449519
Rushes–yards32–7550–274
Passing yards374265
Passing: Comp–Att–Int28–41–220–35–1
Time of possession27:0332:57
TeamCategoryPlayerStatistics
AuburnPassing Cam Newton 20/34, 265 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing Michael Dyer 22 carries, 143 yards
ReceivingEmory Blake4 receptions, 54 yards, 1 TD
OregonPassing Darron Thomas 27/40, 363 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing LaMichael James 13 carries, 49 yards
Receiving Jeff Maehl 9 receptions, 133 yards

Aftermath

By winning the game, Auburn was crowned as the BCS National Champion. In addition, Auburn was ranked as the number one team by the Associated Press. [12]

Rankings

Notes

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