|2011 Tostitos BCS National Championship Game|
|BCS Bowl Game|
|Date||January 10, 2011|
|Stadium||University of Phoenix Stadium|
|MVP||Offense: Michael Dyer (RB, Auburn)|
Defense: Nick Fairley (DT, Auburn)
|Favorite||Auburn by 2|
|National anthem||Air Force Cadet Chorale|
|Referee||Bill LeMonnier (Big Ten)|
|Halftime show|| Auburn University Marching Band |
Oregon Marching Band
|United States TV coverage|
|Announcers|| Brent Musburger (play-by-play)|
Kirk Herbstreit (analyst)
Erin Andrews and Tom Rinaldi (sideline)
|Nielsen ratings||17.8 (27.3 million viewers)|
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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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.
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.
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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.
In the 3rd quarter Auburn kicker Wes Byrum kicked a 28-yard field goal to give Auburn a 19-11 lead. minutes remaining in the game. They added a two-point conversion to tie the score at 19-19.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
On the game's final possession, Auburn drove 73 yardsto 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.
|Time of possession||27:03||32:57|
|Auburn||Passing||Cam Newton||20/34, 265 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT|
|Rushing||Michael Dyer||22 carries, 143 yards|
|Receiving||Emory Blake||4 receptions, 54 yards, 1 TD|
|Oregon||Passing||Darron Thomas||27/40, 363 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT|
|Rushing||LaMichael James||13 carries, 49 yards|
|Receiving||Jeff Maehl||9 receptions, 133 yards|
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