The Stat Line Of The Night – 1/9/11 – James Starks
The Stat Line Of The Night – 1/10/11 – Michael Dyer
Most people believed it would be Cam Newton leading the charge for Auburn last night during their BCS National Championship Game against Oregon, and while this season’s Heisman Award winner was solid throughout his team’s 22-19 victory, it was a future Heisman candidate that stole the show down the stretch.
Heading into last night, freshman Michael Dyer had carried the ball over 20 times in a game only twice all season, but with the game tight down the stretch the Tigers went to him time and time again, and he responded with 143 yards on 22 carries. What makes those numbers even more impressive is the fact that 57 of those yards came on the final drive that set Auburn up for the game winning field goal with no time left on the clock.
After Oregon scored a touchdown and two-point conversion to tie the game at 19-19 with 2:33 left in regulation, Auburn began at their own 25-yard line and quickly went to work. The drive started with a 15-yard pass from Newton to Emory Blake. That play was followed up by a remarkable 37-yard run by Dyer, who appeared to be tackled after a short gain but alertly got to his feet and sprinted down the field, taking advantage of a confused Oregon defense. Two plays later Dyer took the ball down to the Oregon 1-yard line, and the rest is history. It was a final drive that he will surely remember for some time, as it gave Auburn their first National Championship since 1957 and earned himself “The Stat Line of the Night” for Monday, January 10, 2011.