Jan. 11, 2011
Auburn team captains were OT Lee Ziemba, WR Kodi Burns, LB Josh Bynes and S Zac Etheridge. Bo Jackson was an honorary captain.
Oregon won the toss and elected to receive.
Game attendance was announced as 78,603, which is the largest in University of Phoenix Stadium history.
Auburn won its second NCAA Championship, and its first since 1957.
Auburn finished the season with a perfect 14-0 record, setting a school record for victories in a season. The Tigers went 13-0 in 2004.
Auburn finished with a perfect record for the seventh time. The Tigers also had perfect records in 1900, 1904, 1913, 1957, 1993 and 2004.
Auburn improved to 21-13-2 all-time in bowl games. Auburn's 21 bowl victories ranks tied for 12th most in NCAA history.
Auburn head coach Gene Chizik is now 8-0 all-time in bowl games as a head or assistant coach.
Auburn has now beaten seven teams that are currently ranked in the top 25 of the Associated Press poll and BCS standings.
Auburn won its sixth game this season against a team that was nationally ranked at the time of the game, marking the first time the Tigers have ever won six games against ranked teams in a single season.
Auburn won the first ever meeting between the two schools and now has a 6-3 record in games against current Pac-10 schools, including a 3-0 record in bowl games.
Auburn came from behind to win for the ninth time this season. The Tigers trailed 3-0 and 11-7 in the second quarter.
Auburn scored 22 points, pushing the Tigers' single-season school record to 577 points.
Auburn's offense ran a season high and BCS National Championship game record 85 plays.
Auburn totaled 519 yards of offense and had 254 yards rushing, extending the school single-season records in both of those categories. The Tigers finished the season with 6,989 yards of total offense, including 3,987 yards rushing.
Auburn's 254 yards rushing ranks 3rd all-time in the BCS National Championship game.
Auburn's 519 yards of offense marked the eighth time this season the Tigers have rolled up at least 500 yards of offense.
Auburn's 519 yards of offense was the 4th most in BCS National Championship history.
Auburn played its first scoreless first quarter (both teams) of the season. It marked just the third time this year that the Tigers did not score in the first quarter (Clemson, Alabama).
Oregon scored first on a 26-yard field goal. It marked the seventh time this season that Auburn's opponent scored first.
Auburn intercepted two passes in the first quarter, giving the Tigers two picks in both the SEC Championship Game and the BCS National Championship Game. The Tigers had only picked off two passes twice during the 12 game regular season, including none of the last five games.
Auburn led 16-11 at halftime. It marked the ninth game this season that the Tigers led at the break.
The Tigers led 19-11 after three quarters and have led after three periods in 11 of their 14 games.
Auburn's 28 first downs on offense ranks first all time in Auburn bowl history.
Cam Newton NOTES
Cam Newton became the 14th player in NCAA history to win the Heisman Trophy and a national championship in the same season.
Newton became the third player in the BCS era to win the Heisman Trophy and the BCS National Championship. Heisman Trophy winners are now 4-7 in the BCS National Championship Game.
Newton accounted for 2 touchdowns (both passing), pushing his school record total to 51 touchdowns this season, which is second most in a season in SEC history. Newton is one of just three players in NCAA FBS history to total 20 rushing and 20 passing touchdowns in a single season.
Newton completed 20-of-34 passes for 265 yards and 2 touchdown passes. He now has 30 TD passes this season, extending his own school single-season record. His 2,854 yards passing is second most in a season in school history.
Newton was 0-of-1 on the opening drive. For the season, he is now 19-for-20 for 300 yards and three touchdowns on Auburn's opening drives this season.
Newton rushed for 64 yards on 22 carries, pushing his season total to 1,473 yards, which ranks third in Auburn history and extends his SEC record for yards rushing by a quarterback in a single season.
Newton ends the season having scored 21 touchdowns (20 rushing and one receiving), giving him 126 points scored this season, extending his Auburn single-season record for most points scored that ranks 6th in SEC history.
Newton had 329 yards of offense, pushing his season total to 4,327 yards, breaking the SEC single-season record for total offense formerly held by Tim Tebow (4,181 in 2007).
Newton now has 1,586 career rushing yards including his time at Florida, pushing him into the top 10 in career rushing yards by a quarterback in SEC history. Newton now ranks 10th in SEC history.
MORE PLAYER NOTES
OT Lee Ziemba extended his consecutive starts streak to 52 games, extending his own school records for starts and consecutive starts.
Michael Dyer rushed for 143 yards on 22 carries, giving him 1,093 rushing yards this season, extending his Auburn freshman rushing record.
Dyer's 143 yards rushing marked the fourth time he rushed for over 100 yards this season.
Dyer's 37-yard rush in the fourth quarter kept with it after lying on top of an Oregon player down field (apparently short of a first-down). Dyer was not ruled down and got back on his feet to complete a 37 yard run to the Oregon 23. The play was reviewed, and the call on the field was upheld.
Dyer's 143 yards rushing is the third-highest rushing total by an Auburn back and most ever by a Freshman in Auburn bowl history.
Dyer and Newton both finished the season with more than 1,000 yards rushing, marking just the second time in Auburn history that the Tigers had two 1,000-yard rushers in a single season. In 1979, James Brooks (1,208 yards) and Joe Cribbs (1,120) both eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing.
Darvin Adams had 4 catches for 48 yards, pushing his career totals to 115 career catches for 1,978 career yards, which both rank sixth in school history.
Nick Fairley had 3 tackles for loss including a quarterback sack, extending his school single-season record for tackles for loss to 24, and his sack gave him 11.5 this season, which is also a school record.
Wes Byrum scored 8 points, pushing his Auburn career-record total to 363 points, which ranks fifth in SEC history.
Byrum's 19-yard field-goal as time expired, was his sixth game-winning field goal of his career.
Onterio McCalebb rushed for 47 yards on 6 carries, finishing the season with 810 yards rushing on 95 carries. McCalebb's average of 8.53 yards per rush set a new Auburn single-season record, breaking the previous record of 8.44 by Tommy Lorino in 1956.
Demond Washington intercepted his second pass of the season and third of his career in the first quarter.
Zac Etheridge had his third interception of the season and fourth of his career to stop another drive in the first quarter.
Kodi Burns caught his first touchdown pass of the season and the second of his career, hauling in a 35-yard strike from Newton in the second quarter.
Mike Blanc collected a safety in the second quarter, marking the Tigers' first safety since Josh Bynes had one against Ball State in 2009.
Emory Blake's 30-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter was his eighth TD catch of the season, which is sixth most in a single season in school history.
Philip Lutzenkirchen's 39-yard catch in the third quarter was the longest reception of his career. His previous long was a 26-yard catch against ULM earlier this season.
Byrum's 28-yard field goal in the third quarter and his 19-yard field goal as time expired was the 59th and 60th field goals of his career, extending his school record.
Heisman Trophy winners that played for AP national champions:
2010--Cam Newton, Auburn, QB
2009--Mark Ingram, Alabama, RB
2004--Matt Leinart, Southern Cal, QB
1997--Charles Woodson, Michigan, CB
1996--Danny Wuerffel, Florida, QB
1993--Charlie Ward, Florida State, QB
1976--Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh, HB
1949--Leon Hart, Notre Dame, E
1947--John Lujack, Notre Dame, QB
1946--Glenn Davis, Army, HB
1945--Doc Blanchard, Army, HB
1943--Angelo Bertelli, Notre Dame, QB
1941--Bruce Smith, Minnesota, HB
1938--Davey O'Brien, Texas Christian, QB
Schools with most national championships in the Associated Press college football poll:
Notre Dame -- 1943, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1966, 1973, 1977, 1988.<
Alabama -- 1961, 1964, 1965, 1978, 1979, 1992, 2009.
Oklahoma -- 1950, 1955, 1956, 1974, 1975, 1985, 2000.<
Miami -- 1983, 1987, 1989, 1991, 2001.
Southern Cal -- 1962, 1967, 1972, 2003, 2004.<
Minnesota -- 1936, 1940, 1941, 1960.
Nebraska -- 1970, 1971, 1994, 1995.
Ohio State -- 1942, 1954, 1968, 2002.
Florida -- 1996, 2006, 2008.
Texas -- 1963, 1969, 2005.<
Army -- 1944, 1945.
Auburn -- 1957, 2010.
Florida State -- 1993, 1999.
LSU -- 1958, 2007.
Michigan -- 1948, 1997.
Penn State -- 1982, 1986.
Pittsburgh -- 1937, 1976.
Tennessee -- 1951, 1998.