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Auburn Beats Oregon to Win BCS Championship

Auburn wins 22-19 after Byrum field goal in closing seconds
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 10, 2011 11:30 PM CST
Auburn Beats Oregon to Win BCS Championship
Auburn's Cam Newton (2) carries the ball as Oregon's Kenny Rowe (58) falls to the turf during the second half of the BCS National Championship NCAA college football game in Glendale, Ariz.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

(Newser) – Wes Byrum kicked a 19-yard field goal as time expired and No. 1 Auburn beat No. 2 Oregon 22-19 to win the BCS national championship Monday night. Oregon had tied it at 19 with 2:33 left when Darron Thomas connected with Jeff Maehl on a tying 2-point conversion after LaMichael James scored on a shovel pass. Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton and Auburn came right back with a 73-yard drive, with freshman Michael Dyer making the key plays.

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Dyer first rolled over an Oregon tackler and, with most of the players thinking the play was over around midfield, scooted another 30 yards to the 23. A play later, Dyer went through the middle for 16 to the 1. After Newton was pushed back a yard, Byrum came on with 2 seconds left to kick the winner and give Auburn its first national championship since 1957 and the Southeastern Conference's fifth in a row. (Read more college football stories.)

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