Despite Cam Newton, Michael Dyer and all of Auburn’s weapons on an explosive offense that averaged 43 points per game this season, the BCS National Championship came down to kicker Wes Byrum on Monday night. With the game tied up at 19, Auburn was able to drive the field with time running out to set Byrum up for a chip shot — a 19-yard field, closer than an extra point. But in such a pressure-packed situation, there’s plenty that could go wrong. For Auburn, nothing did, as the snap, hold and kick were all perfect:
The field goal with time running out gave Auburn its first National Championship in 53 years.
For Byrum, it caps off a record-breaking career at Auburn. The senior is the all-time leading scorer at Auburn, a record he set in October with a field goal against LSU.