Auburn running back Michael Dyer finished off an outstanding freshman season the best way possible: beating Oregon to win a BCS National Championship and taking home the game’s offensive MVP award. On a night when quarterback Cam Newton didn’t carry the Tigers’ offense as he normally does, the team turned to Dyer, who rushed for 143 yards on 22 carries (6.5 yards per rush).
The biggest carry of those 22 came with time running out in the fourth quarter. Auburn and Oregon were tied at 19, when the Tigers had one last drive to get into field goal position and potentially win the championship. After a 15 yard pass play, Auburn handed off to Dyer, who did this:
As the replay confirmed, Dyer’s knee never touched the ground as he rolled over the Oregon would-be tackler. The run took Auburn down to the Oregon 23-yard line. From there, it was Dyer again, who rushed for 16 yards down to the half-yard line. Two plays later, Tigers kicker Wes Byrum nailed the chip shot to give Auburn the title.