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So he started running again past the tackler who thought he had him down, deep into Oregon territory. A onceinalifetime run, the kind that wins championships.
Dyer's stopandgo maneuver set up a short field goal http://www.officialchargersjerseyshop.com/94_corey_liuget_jersey_authentic_black_limited_cheap.html on the last play that sent No. 1 Auburn over the No. 2 Ducks 2219 in the BCS title game Monday night.
With his 37yard run, sure to be preserved in college football's highlight reel, the freshman running back did what most fans thought was impossible he upstaged his teammate, Heismanwinning quarterback Cam Newton.
Three plays later, Dyer ran 16 yards to push the ball to the 1 and set up Wes Byrum's 19yard field goal with no time left. It was his sixth career gamewinning field goal the one that capped off a perfect, 140 season, brought the title back to Auburn for the first time since 1957 and left the Southeastern Conference on top for the fifth straight year.
"Fiftythree years, baby!" coach Gene Chizik said to the cheering crowd. "This is for you. War Eagle!"
Dyer was the star of a classic sequence that closed out a wild finish five crazy minutes of football that made up for the first 55, which were more of a bruising battle than the offensive masterpiece everyone had predicted.
The craziness began when Casey Matthews, son of the 1980s NFL linebacker Clay, knocked the ball from Newton's hands while he was trying to ice a 1911 lead.
Oregon's offense, shut down by Nick Fairley Co. for most of the night, moved 45 yards over the next 2:17 and Darron Thomas threw a shovel pass to LaMichael James for a touchdown. Thomas hit Jeff Maehl for the tying 2point conversion with 2:33 left and the game was down to the last possession.
And that possession will be remembered for one incredible play.
Dyer, who chose jersey No. 5 because that's how old his brother was when their father died in a car accident nearly two decades ago, took the handoff from Newton and ran off right tackle for what looked like a 6 or 7yard gain. Nothing routine about this one, though. He wasn't sure his knee hit the ground, so, urged by his coaches on the sideline, he popped up and kept going. Almost everyone on the field had stopped playing, but the referee never blew the play dead. Dyer made it to the Oregon 23. An official's review ensued and the replay showed that, indeed, his knee had never touched the turf.
"Really, it was going through my mind to get the first down, hold onto the ball," Dyer said. "And the time being tackled, my knee wasn't down . . . I didn't hear a whistle, not yet, so I was kind of, like, looking, like, what's going on?"'
In a statement released after the game, Big Ten referee Bill LeMonnier said he was confident of the call: "The ruling on the field was there was nothing other than the foot that touched the ground," he explained.
Eddie Pleasant, the Oregon defensive back who almost made the tackle, was as shocked as anyone.
"It hurts, you know," he said. "It's not like he broke free and did some spectacular things. He was tackled. Everybody on the side of the defense stopped. He stopped and the coach told him to keep running and he ran. It's not like it was a blown assignment. It's not like he busted a 50yard run down the middle. It was just a crazy play."
Dyer finished with 143 yards and was chosen Offensive Player of the Game no small feat considering he had Newton playing well on the same offense.
Newton threw for 265 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 64 yards, most in short, punishing bites. He wrenched his back and had to go to the trainer after the game. All in a night's work: "I'm OK. It was worth it," he said.
It was a good performance, but not spectacular par for the course in a game that was projected as a possible 6055 thriller by South Carolina Donald Butler Elite Jersey coach Steve Spurrier and a 74point touchdownfest by the oddsmakers who set the overunder.
Wearing white jerseys with gray numbers, green pants and DayGlo shoes and socks, the Ducks got only 49 yards rushing from James. An offense that had been held under 37 points only once all year Corey Liuget Black Jersey managed just the two touchdowns. The last one came on a simple shovel pass from Thomas, who finished with 363 yards 81 of which came on a long pass to Maehl that set up the first touchdown.
Oregon didn't come close to its nationleading 49point average and the fastpaced offense that turned most opponents into mush in the second half couldn't wear down Auburn.
The Ducks finished 121, three points shy of their first national title, but not making apologies for the effort they gave in the desert.
"When it comes down to a field goal at the www.officialchargersjerseyshop.com/56_donald_butler_jersey_authentic_black_limited_cheap.html last second, you can always point to play here, a play there, but it really doesn't do much for you," Oregon coach Chip Kelly said. "We're a forwardthinking operation, and we'll learn from this thing and move forward."
Fairley, Auburn's 298pound defensive tackle, had the Ducks moving backward much of the night. He lived up to his reputation as a gamechanger for better, with three tackles for loss, including a sack and for worse, when he got a 15yard penalty for shoving James' face into the turf after the whistle.
Newton was a gamechanger, as always, helping Auburn to its ninth comeback win of this improbable season. He has now won the national title three straight years in 2008 as a backup to Tim Tebow at Florida, last year in junior college at Blinn and now with the Tigers.
If he goes pro as some people expect this will mark the end of a tumultuous stay at Auburn, shadowed by an NCAA investigation into his failed recruitment by Mississippi State. The governing body cleared him to play before the SEC championship but said his father, Cecil, solicited money from the Bulldogs.
"Anything is possible," Newton said. "I guarantee, five or six months ago, that no one would bet their last dollar that Auburn would win the national championship. And now we're standing here."
Standing with a crystal football, the biggest jewel in a bowl season that, at times, felt neverending, beginning on Dec.18 with the BYUUTEP game and wrapping up in Arizona with a most improbable finish.
And now, Auburn, the school that has loads of tradition the Tiger Walk, the War Eagle yell and a case full of Heisman and other bigtime individual trophies but not nearly as many titles to go with it. Bad luck in the polls doomed their oneloss season in 1983, probation kept them from capitalizing on a perfect record in 1993 and the vagaries of the BCS left them on the outside in 2004, maybe the most painful of all the snubs.
So, really, this one is for all the Bos and Beasleys and Terrys and Tracys in the Auburn family who came close but couldn't close the deal. And it fashions a nice symmetry with that team up the road the Crimson Tide which took home the Heisman and the same crystal championship trophy one short year ago.
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