Auburn is going to enjoy this. Big Time

Glendale, Ariz.—There was joy. There was relief. There were smiles of happiness. There were tears. There was incredible exhilaration. There was utter exhaustion.

 
You could see it all on the floor of University of Phoenix Stadium in the aftermath of Auburn’s 22-19 victory Oregon which gave the Tigers their first national championship since 1957.

 
Ted Roof, who took more than his fair share of criticism as Auburn’s defensive coordinator the past two seasons, had his arms around his two sons as confetti rained down around him. The former Georgia Tech captain could not be happier. For it was his defense that held the mighty Oregon offense to only 19 points, 30 points below its average.

 
Oregon’s offense had 12 possessions in the game and Auburn’s defense got nine stops: five punts, two interceptions, and what will become two very big plays in Auburn football history: In the second quarter Mike Blanc stuffed Oregon’s LaMichael James in the end zone for a safety. In the third quarter Auburn stopped Oregon on fourth and goal at the Tigers’ one-yard line.
Oregon came into this game averaging almost 245 rushing yards per game. Auburn held the Ducks to only 75.

 
“I am so proud of our guys. They stepped up and played the best when we needed it the most,” said Roof. “We didn’t do anything fancy. It was all about effort. All I know is that we’re the national champions. Nothing else matters.”

 
A lot of people wondered if Cameron Newton had one more great game left in him. He did. Yes, he had a late turnover that allowed Oregon to tie the score make a game-winning drive necessary. Still, it has been an extraordinary season for the Heisman Trophy winner in every sense of the word. He became the flash point of a great debate in college football and it was not pretty. There was a significant portion of the populace that believed that Newton should not be on the field but there were also those who believed in the presumption of innocence. The debate will never be resolved unless more facts in the case emerge down the road. That is another discussion for another day.

 
Regardless of where you came down on the Newton issue, there was no denying that he was one of the greatest college football players we have seen at the quarterback position. I say WAS because Newton will soon close the door on this controversial chapter of his life and declare for the NFL Draft. We may disagree about Newton’s legacy, but we will certainly never forget him.
“I have never seen a football player go what he went through and continue to perform so well on the field,” said former coach Pat Dye, who beamed during the post-game awards ceremony. “People said a lot of bad things about that kid but it never affected the way he played. He is something special.”

 
Then there was Gene Chizik, whose hiring in 2009 brought rounds of criticism from those who thought he was not dynamic enough or tough enough to stand up to what Nick Saban was building at Alabama. But when the sun rose this morning in the state of Alabama, the schools had the same number of national championships since Saban arrived in 2007. Chizik has proven to be a rock solid manager of the program who surrounds himself with very talented people.

 
“It was never about me and proving anybody wrong,” said Chizik, who was the defensive coordinator when Auburn went 13-0 in 2004 and did not get a chance to play for the national championship. “That’s not the way I live my life. From the day we arrived it was about doing what was best for Auburn. I am so proud to be a part of the Auburn family.”

It’s been a great season at Auburn but has also been a draining season for all concerned. The weekly scrutiny which came with the Newton case was not an easy burden to bear. The SEC has won its fifth straight national championship. But the conference had to routinely defend itself against the criticism that it did not exercise due diligence in the Newton case. Now that the SEC has won another championship, that criticism is not going to go away. Such is the nature of success. Off the field, it has been a tough season for college football as a whole.

 
And what about Auburn for 2011? As is our nature, we will quickly move on to next season. Auburn loses 24 seniors including Wes Byrum, who kicked the winning field goal at the buzzer. Newton will leave as will defensive tackle Nick Fairley, who is more than ready to play at the next level. If you had to guess you would say that Auburn will take a dip next season but such dips are easier to take when you have a crystal football in the trophy case.

Both those issues can wait at least a day or two. Auburn fans will celebrate and know that for the next year they are the national champions while Alabama is not. And if you don’t think that’s important, you do not know the state of Alabama. Auburn is going to enjoy this. Big time.

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GoDownDawg

January 11th, 2011
11:53 am

Seriously folks. Some of these comments addressed to dawg fans, while their program is in the toilet, are a little severe. EVERY ONE, even dawg fans, deserve a chance to be untied and freed from their Machael Vick rap stand.

War Eagle

January 11th, 2011
11:54 am

From MURPHY to Rx Dawg to leesburg Ga to Augusta ga to cedartown, Rome, and my dawg buddies through years on the dawg blogs, Auburn went from 22nd to NC on desire, coaching and resilience. I am one happy War Eagle.
Thanks for the conversations, I can`t remember handles, but I know the towns where you live.

TMZ on at 7:30 comcast channel 804

January 11th, 2011
11:54 am

How easily you Au fans forget James Brooks and Bo Jackson. Neither can read much less write a complete sentence.

Tell the truth

January 11th, 2011
11:54 am

Pat Dye? People said terrible things about Newton?? He and his dad have done terrible things at Florida, with MSU coaches and with his lies. No he should not have been on the field

Dirty Dawg

January 11th, 2011
11:55 am

Another ‘whining’ dawg checking in…although I had Auburn in my bowl pool, it didn’t take long before I was pulling for Oregon. Watching the, I think we’re calling it, ‘thuggery’ on the part of the team ‘that we don’t coach like that’ employs (so I guess it’s just in their genes) brought back memories of our game with Auburn that, forever, changed my attitude about those guys. Our rivalry had for decades been labeled as ‘respectful’…our programs turn-around when Joel Eaves and Vince Dooley came to town and ‘made us whole again’ made me, forever, grateful. But this Auburn team has ended that, as I said, forever.

Given that the AU kid – forget which miscreant it was – kneed the Oregon kid in the head, and all it got was a 15 yard penalty, seems to me that such behavior ought to be ‘reviewable’ from the booth. They saw it and if ever there was a reason to eject a player from a game, that was it.

Enjoy your ‘championship’ while you can guys, cause it will be even more ’short-lived’ than the USC one was – in other words, it ain’t gonna take four years to settle this mess about the Newtons…and besides, all that NC-labeled stuff is gonna be real ‘collector’s items’ one of these days, plus you’ll have your memories of how much fun it was to have experienced it – even if it does all end up like a dream or something.

At the same time, I’m not so certain that Cam and Nick won’t be coming back, you guys just may decide to ‘out-bid’ those NFL pikers.

UGA? R U Kidding?

January 11th, 2011
11:57 am

UGA football….30 years and counting LOL

Driving Ms Dooley

January 11th, 2011
11:57 am

This is a sad blog. There was a NCG last night and all the Judge Judy detectives are still out there looking for evidence that might negate one of their losses so they can say their Dawgs were 6-6 instead of 6-7.

I’m out. We’ll see you in Knoxville next year Dawg fans. Our team made up of mostly 18 year olds will be 19 then and we promise not to cheat or hit you too hard or play rough.

I’m looking forward to watching CMR run out of the tunnel in front of his team and be more emotional. Good plan.

Later

Hey Stupid Barnhart

January 11th, 2011
11:59 am

Ready to Eat,

What game where you watching. Auburn won the game on a bad call. No man is ever gonna own up to a game decided on a bad call.

37 additional yards at that stage was huge. Auburn had 13 drives. The last was the second longest (73). In the second half, Auburn had 6 drives 60, 23, 43, 37, 11, 75. Take away the bad call drive and Auburn’s 2nd half avg is 34.8. So what does all this mean.

Drive length 75 yds minus the bad call 37 yards =’s 38 yards add 17 yards to any field goal (10 for end zone, 7 for spot)=’s 55 yards. Are you kidding me. 55 yds in a NC game. No way.

The bad call based on Auburn’s average in the second half gave Auburn a MUCH BETTER chance at winning. A wrist is a wrist. And the thing about it, in college football the booth can take as long as they wish.

For The Jealous Fairley Haters (Here's looking at you little doggies)

January 11th, 2011
11:59 am

James didn’t seem to hold a grudge against his friendly rival, whom he met on the awards circuit and chatted with briefly after the game.

“It was nothing bad. It was all love,” James said. “I was calling him a cheater because he kept grabbing my facemask. He really is a good guy. He was a competitor.”

BAMA dude

January 11th, 2011
12:00 pm

Of course there needs to be a playoff. Watching Oregon last night, there’s no way they make it through to the championship game imo, and considering the Barn trailed in the second half eight times this season I doubt they would either. Based on the bowl games I’d say Stanford would have been a team nobody wanted to play.

hey cam

January 11th, 2011
12:00 pm

you cheating lying stealing scumbag of a human being. your like the convict that got caught and all of a sudden becomes smitten with the lord.

while it was no felony…… both you and your lying father will pay for your lies.

you will end up being a bust in the nfl because your team mates will find out your true character and your thugness will eventually surface.

you can kiss this ………….

1785

January 11th, 2011
12:01 pm

Dear Auburn Family:

F B I

Classless Scammie

January 11th, 2011
12:01 pm

A case study on class:

Colt McCoy, whose father didn’t try to pimp him out to the highest bidder,after being knocked out of a NC game, spoke eloquently of his faith. His team lost.

Scammie Newton, whose father, the good rev bishop newton, did try to pimp him out, wins, despite all the murkiness around this team and this title and yes this coach (and AU fans, it will always be murky), crediting God for this victory.

Interesting to ponder . . .

Uncle Buck

January 11th, 2011
12:01 pm

Make no mistake, Auburn won in spite of Cam Newton, not because of him. It was one of the worst performances by a quarterback in a championship game that I can remember. One of the reasons was a very good game played by the Oregon defense, but all those missed wide-open receivers, no ability to run, and of course fumbling when the game was on the line added another very disappointing performance by a Heisman winner. No, this game belongs to the defense, and who would have thought that a few months ago. Congrats Auburn and soak it in!

reality check

January 11th, 2011
12:03 pm

And now about 10 more to catch Alabama and when the NCAA takes this one away 11

Wrong Again

January 11th, 2011
12:03 pm

The problem Stupid Barnhart is his wrist never touched the ground!!! He planted his hand and his knee never touched. I don’t what you think you saw but I’ve seen it over a hundred times by now, and not once did I see his wrist touch the ground. You are imagining things…

BAMA dude

January 11th, 2011
12:03 pm

Tell the truth

January 11th, 2011
11:52 am
SEC didn’t win dip last night Tony- Auburn did. The SEC went 5-5 in the bowls- beating the crap out of teams all over America- err wait beating 5 out of 10 teams that they played. never mind

I think most everyone here would agree that UK, UT, and UGA didn’t belong in their meaningless bowls to begin with. The top 7 teams in the conference went 5-2 against the top-tier teams of other conferences.

gdawginkalamazoo

January 11th, 2011
12:05 pm

War Eagle, yes a long road for you guys this season, well played, again congrats! You gotta be hung over today I hope.

Imagine That

January 11th, 2011
12:05 pm

A “Bama Dude” on here bad-mouthing Auburn? Imagine That….Keep it classy….smh

War Eagle

January 11th, 2011
12:06 pm

One last comment, BAMA BLOGGERS YOU CAN`T STAND THE FACT AUBURN REVERSE LAST YEAR SEASON, HEISMAN TROPHY, SEC CHAMPION, NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AND BEAT YOU 28-27 AFTER BEING DOWN 24 POINTS. JULIO JONES, MARK INGRAM ETC WERE GREAT PLAYERS, BUT MAYBE THEIR IS A FLAW IJN THEIR RECRUTING? I DON`T, YOU DON`T KNOW BECAUSE IT WAS NEVER PROVED ABOUT THE CARS, MONEY AND CLOTHES. THE TEXTBOOK SCANDAL WAS PROVED, SO UNTIL THE NCAA OR COURTS OR WHOEVER SAY GUILTY, KEEP YOUR TONE, BAMA HAS HAD PROBATION PROBLEMS SEVERAL TIMES AS AUBURN..,WAR EAGLE

UGA83

January 11th, 2011
12:07 pm

Did Newton have one more great game in him? No, he did not. Huge fumble, missed two wide open receivers for TD’s one about 15 feet away, and threw what should have been two picks. It’s a credit to auburn, their D and the freshman running back that they won DESPITE Newton’s sa performance. Oh, did I forget to mention he was looking for a soft spot to lay down on about half of his runs?

BAMA dude

January 11th, 2011
12:09 pm

Imagine That

January 11th, 2011
12:05 pm
A “Bama Dude” on here bad-mouthing Auburn? Imagine That….Keep it classy….smh

You mean about the whole trailing-in-the-second-half-eight-times bit? That ain’t bad mouthing, it’s fact. If those two teams I watched last night are truly the best two that America has to offer this season then CFB really did have a down year.

Uncle Buck

January 11th, 2011
12:09 pm

By the way SEC dudes, the ACC went undefeated against you in bowl games! Put that in your pipe and smoke it!

Hey Stupid Barnhart

January 11th, 2011
12:10 pm

Wrong Again,

Funny you didn’t post a link to your evidence. Let me help you. http://www.nesn.com/2011/01/auburns-michael-dyers-was-wrist-down-on-title-clinching-37-yard-run.html

The wrist is clearly touching. Chicken S booth. Big 10 are idiots from Admin, to coaching (OSU’s pathetic win), to refs.

BAMA dude

January 11th, 2011
12:10 pm

Wow, that 12:06 post pretty well stands on its own merits. No further commentary needed.

SeeU_Later

January 11th, 2011
12:11 pm

Yall can hate on Auburn all you want…but virtually no one was able to do anything about it on the field. SO STFU.

BAMA dude

January 11th, 2011
12:12 pm

Uncle Buck

January 11th, 2011
12:09 pm
By the way SEC dudes, the ACC went undefeated against you in bowl games! Put that in your pipe and smoke it!

Yay! Your #2 and #6 beat our #5 and #9 respectively. Congrats! That UNC win over a downtrodden 6-6 UT group was especially impressive.

War Eagle

January 11th, 2011
12:12 pm

DAMN ZOO, SORRY i DIDNT MENTION YOU,YOU KNOW I AM A DAWG MAN EXCEPT AUBURN…THANKS

Remember The Blackout Game?

January 11th, 2011
12:13 pm

Dirty Dawg did you miss the “blackout” game in ‘07? Your team danced the soulja boy dance during the entire 4th quarter rubbing it in Auburn’s face. Even your hypocritical fake “Christian” of a coach got in the act. That wasn’t disrespectful or thuggish? Did you notice how Chizik reacted when Smith kneed the guy in the head? He chewed him out and sat him on the sideline for a minute. Do you realize that UGA has led the NCAA in personal foul penalties over the past 3 years? Look It Up. You are the worst kind of jealous loser. Point the finger at Auburn yet you have no moral ground to stand on whatsoever. Typical porch pup sore loser…..GET A LIFE!!!

Tom

January 11th, 2011
12:13 pm

One thing’s for sure about Chizik: he’s never met a cliche he didn’t like. If it weren’t for trite, meaningless and empty observations, this dude would have nothing to say.

BAMA dude

January 11th, 2011
12:14 pm

Remember The Blackout Game?

January 11th, 2011
12:13 pm
Dirty Dawg did you miss the “blackout” game in ‘07? Your team danced the soulja boy dance during the entire 4th quarter rubbing it in Auburn’s face. Even your hypocritical fake “Christian” of a coach got in the act. That wasn’t disrespectful or thuggish? Did you notice how Chizik reacted when Smith kneed the guy in the head? He chewed him out and sat him on the sideline for a minute.

Yet Fairley stayed on the field after his usual antics.

purple gorrila

January 11th, 2011
12:16 pm

Next AU title due in 2064! Congratulations!

gdawginkalamazoo

January 11th, 2011
12:17 pm

War Eagle, There is so many more people on here now talking trash instead of football. Every once in awhile there is meaningful discussion about the games but not much. What are you guys going to do for next year losing so many players?

3rdN8

January 11th, 2011
12:17 pm

Here’s a chance for the NCAA to do something productive.

Ban Oregon from wearing fluorescent socks and shoes. I thought multiple flags were being thrown on every play.

Very confusing.

gdawginkalamazoo

January 11th, 2011
12:18 pm

War Eagle, that discussion can wait though, enjoy the momement.

Hey Stupid Barnhart

January 11th, 2011
12:19 pm

What’s wrong with not acknowledging a team’s accomplishment when I saw what I saw, a bad call. This one was even clearer than the call in the OSU vs Miami game. Who knows what motivations the ref had. Probably a cousin of Scam’s.

TMZ on at 7:30 comcast channel 804

January 11th, 2011
12:19 pm

Let’s face it…all you Au grads from GA couldn’t get accepted in UGA so you “had” to go to Au. Admit it. Au is terrible academically…

jack bull

January 11th, 2011
12:20 pm

Congrats to the Tigers, War Eagles, or whatever they are. They were the best team last night, and obviously all year. it just goes to show, teams with the best players win championships, not coaches. and speaking of coaches, has Coach Eugene said anything about their opponent yet? he had many chances to last night and never said one word about Oregon. Stay classy, coach, stay classy….

1785

January 11th, 2011
12:20 pm

Dear BAMA dude:

“He chewed him out and sat him on the sideline for a minute.”

So, the harshness of Chizik’s punishment was apparently adequate in your judgment?

War Cam Eagle

January 11th, 2011
12:21 pm

Auburn ran the table and owns EVERY team in the NCAA. That includes GEORGIA and ALABAMA and all of their overzealous and overjealous fans.

Dean

January 11th, 2011
12:22 pm

Bama Dude, I remember it and I called it out at thuggish and disrespectfull just as I said about the endzone celebration. I was embarrased as a Dawg fan. Thing is, most UGA fans are tired of the thugs and want them off the team regardless of what it does to our results on the field. You won’t get any Auburn fans to call out their team for such antics jus the same as no Tennessee fans called out Kiffin when he was running his mouth. the majority of these people on these boards have no real connection to the schools other than it makes them feel tough when their team wins. Big time college football needs to be torn down and rebuilt. Andrew Luck of Stanford should be the standard we are looking toward from our student athletes.

Tell the truth

January 11th, 2011
12:22 pm

BAMA dude The NC win over Tn was especially sweet after Tn ran away from playing them in the regular season. Tn was classless to do that .

gadawgs

January 11th, 2011
12:22 pm

Remember The Blackout Game?

January 11th, 2011
12:13 pm
Dirty Dawg did you miss the “blackout” game in ‘07? Your team danced the soulja boy dance during the entire 4th quarter rubbing it in Auburn’s face. Even your hypocritical fake “Christian” of a coach got in the act. That wasn’t disrespectful or thuggish? Did you notice how Chizik reacted when Smith kneed the guy in the head? He chewed him out and sat him on the sideline for a minute.

CHIZIK WAS JUST MAD THAT HE DID IT SO BLATENTLY. HE PULLED HIM OFF TO THE SIDE AND TOLD H IM SON MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE AT THE BOTTOM OF PILE OUT OF SIGHT FROM THE REF NEXT TIME OK.

Nig Fewton

January 11th, 2011
12:23 pm

Congratulations bro

Dean

January 11th, 2011
12:23 pm

War Cam, you don’t even own the team in your state. I’ll reluctantly give you UGA becuase you hold a 2 game lead in the series. but face it, you guys are the little brothers to Bama and more than likely always will be. congrats on a great season!

Uncle Buck

January 11th, 2011
12:24 pm

Hey Bama Dork! Rationalize(Do you understand this word?) all you want, but facts are facts!

gadawgs

January 11th, 2011
12:25 pm

Chizik is a pr*ck.

Remember The Blackout Game?

January 11th, 2011
12:27 pm

Bama Dude I agree with you somewhat on Fairley. He’s a great player but he needs to quit with all the nonsense. There’s a big difference between trying to intimidate the defense, and taking a cheap shot. It’s hard to defend what he did but I almost think he’s trying to get in the opponent’s head and play mind games with the OL. Either way it gives Auburn a black eye and I wish he would cut out all the garbage. Still a force to be reckoned with though as we saw last night.

gdawginkalamazoo

January 11th, 2011
12:27 pm

3rdN8, yes it looked like a youth soccer game. For an NC game I would have though that NIKE would have dressed them in classic uni’s. Not some battery powered neon socks.

jack bull

January 11th, 2011
12:28 pm

as far as the bad missed call, Auburn folks know he was down, we all do. not only that call, i thought Oregon had the INT early on in the game on the sideline myself…but it is what it is..