Since I picked Oregon in last night’s championship game I have to man up and give Auburn their props.
The Ducks had their chances even though Auburn held them to a season low of 75 yards rushing on the ground. The play at the line of scrimmage, particularly Nick Fairley whom I hope is wearing Bronco colors next season, was the difference maker. Fairley was dominating and at times made the O-line of Oregon look laughable. That and two blown coverages in the secondary that lead to Auburn’s only touchdowns cooked the Ducks.
I must say I was disappointed in turf conditions throughout the course of the game. Too many players were slipping and sliding all over the field. Advantage Auburn because the Ducks were the quicker of both teams. Auburn was just as fast, but quickness is hampered more with questionable turf. I don’t understand how this can happen in the BCS Championship played in controlled conditions.
I was also disappointed in the way the game ended when Auburn running back Michael Dyer was not ruled down on a stop that turned into a 37 yard gain that pretty much clinched it for Auburn. Now had his run been like that of Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch this past weekend it wouldn’t have bothered me so much. To have the players stop dead in their tracks thinking the play was over was too bad. Although it was the correct call they may need to take a look at that rule if only for the safety of the players. At a time when the NFL is cracking down on defenseless receivers the same argument could be made in this situation. Teeing off on a running back who is presumably down would certainly have drawn the flag for unnecessary roughness, a call that is not reviewable.
Other than that it was an enjoyable game to watch. Nobody expected the defensive struggle that it was and in those types of games a few plays can make the difference. In this case Auburn made them when they counted the most.