With exactly five minutes remaining in the 2011 BCS Championship Game, Auburn and Oregon decide to make things interesting for a listless audience. On a designed Cam Newton rush up the middle, he's hit from behind and has the ball punched away by Casey Matthews. Oregon players scramble to put their bodies atop it, and it's Ducks football at midfield.
Darron Thomas comes out throwing, hitting Jeff Maehl for a ten-yard gain, then D.J. Davis for a 29-yarder and David Paulson for seven more. Third down, Auburn's 2-yard line, and it's Thomas to LaMichael James, just as it should be, for the touchdown pass, and Thomas to Maehl, who makes a splaying leap to bring down the ball for the two-point conversion. Tie game, 19-19, with 2:36 remaining.
It won't be enough. A 15-yard pass from Cam Newton to Emory Blake, a 37-yard bolt by Michael Dyer, another 16-yard Dyer scramble, and some clock-management frittering later, Wes Byrum lines up and nails a 19-yard field goal, straight and true, to hand the Auburn Tigers the win with no time remaining. Final score in Glendale: Auburn 22, Oregon 19.
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