Last night, Cam Newton and the Auburn Tigers finished their title run by defeating the Oregon Ducks in the BCS Championship Game. For Auburn, the perfect season finished with their first national title since 1957. Although the game was not the high-scoring shootout of offensive brilliance that many expected, it couldn’t have been any closer, as Auburn kicked the winning field goal as time expired.
Auburn’s quest for a national title in football has not only been a long time coming, but it has also been quite the roller coaster for fans and players, both past and present. Over the last twenty years, the program has gone undefeated three times. Still, 2010 was the first of those seasons to result in a national title. Finally, after years of waiting, the fans and alumni can finally wear the navy and burnt orange as representatives of the best team in college football.
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There is no question that the biggest award handed out amongst college football is The Heisman Trophy Award. This year’s choice might not have been cut and dry when the NCAA football season began but as the season progressed, even amongst what seemed to be endless allegations of wrongdoing, Auburn’s Cameron Newton was the greatest athlete on the football field this year.
After the Heisman Trophy Trust stripped Reggie Bush of his 2005 trophy earlier in the year, there was speculation by fans and critics that the Heisman Trophy Trust would not vote for Cam Newton after allegations that Newton, and his father violated NCAA regulations.
This weekend however, the Heisman Trophy voters gave Cam Newton the most prestigious honor in college football. Newton becomes the third winner from the Auburn Tigers organization, first since Bo Jackson won it twenty-five years ago. The voting was nowhere near close as Newton grabbed 729 first place votes to beat out Stanford Cardinal’s quarterback Andrew Luck by a margin of 2,263 points to 1,079.
Despite all of the off the field distractions that have seemed to be constantly trying to tarnish Cam Newton’s image, when it came to game day, he was virtually unstoppable. Newton threw for 2,589 yards this year for the Tigers, completing 67.1 percent of his passes to finish the season with a rating of 188.16. Of his 165 completed passes, 28 of them went for touchdowns. However what made Newton even more of a threat this season, and has most analysts predicting him as a high-to-middle first round pick in the NFL Draft is his ability to run the ball as well. Newton’s 242 carries netted him an additional 1409 yards of offense and another 20 touchdowns. Finishing the season with 48 touchdowns and 3,998 yards of total offense, Cam Newton easily out performed other Heisman candidates but also entire schools.
After winning the SEC title in a crushing defeat of South Carolina and winning the Heisman Trophy Award, the only question is what will be Cam Newton be adding to his growing legacy next?
Last week, Michigan QB Denard Robinson and Oregon RB LaMichael James shared the honors for Player of the Week. This week, Auburn QB Cam Newton gets the nod. Against the Kentucky Wildcats, Newton went 13 for 21, passing for 210 yards and rushed 28 times for 198 yards and 4 TDs.
With the score tied at 34, Auburn got the ball on their own 7 yard line with 7:31 remaining in the 4th quarter. Newton led the Tigers on a 19-play, 86 yard drive to get into field goal range. With no time remaining, Auburn kicker Wes Byrum nailed a 24-yard field goal for the 37-34 victory.
The Tigers are now ranked 7th in the country and will take on the 12th-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks at home this week. Auburn knocked off then-#12 South Carolina back on September 25th.
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