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Posted on: January 10, 2011 10:57 pm

Auburn 19, Oregon 11 (7:48 3Q)

Posted by Chip Patterson

The Tigers took advantage of their first second-half possession by marching 60 yards in 9 plays, and increasing their lead to 19-11.  Newton tried to run four times, but was held to just 16 yards on the drive.  Phillip Lutzenkirchen finally made his first reception for the Tigers, breaking free for a 39 yard reception to set up the field goal.

Oregon has yet to put together a really impressive drive offensively since early in the second quarter.  They will need their offense to produce a stop or turnover in order to keep Auburn from slowly slipping away.  Currently being out-gained by Auburn 340 to 268, the Ducks can only hang around for so long without being able to impose their will offensively.

Posted on: January 10, 2011 10:14 pm
Edited on: January 10, 2011 10:18 pm

Auburn 16, Oregon 11 (Halftime)

Posted by Chip Patterson

What shouldn't be forgotten is that both of these offenses have been slow-starting units all season.  In each team's biggest game of the season (Stanford, Alabama), it wasn't until the second half that the potent offense really started clicking.  Here in this national championship, it just took a quarter of jitters before the big plays started stacking up.  

That being said, it has been a strange game thus far.  Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton short-armed a wide open Eric Smith on 4th and Goal, but then after an Auburn safety redeemed himself with a 30 yard touchdown strike to Emory Blake.  There was the two-point conversion, three interceptions, two different scoring bursts that included 18 points in a five minute span and 9 more in the last 3:26.

Credit both defenses for entering the game extremely well prepared.  Both coaching staffs have their defensive units fired up and dialed into the game, playing much better than most anyone could have expected.  But the big plays are starting to pile up, and something tells me that they will continue to as the game progresses.

As far as momentum goes, Auburn has to like their position heading into halftime.  Except for the 81 yard Jeff Maehl reception, Auburn's defense has kept Oregon's in check.  The Ducks only have 38 yards on the ground, making it very difficult for them to reach their 305 yard team average by the end of the game.  

But knowing both coaches, there will be adjustments made at halftime to respond.  The long wait has clearly benefited both teams, but the halftime adjustments will make the different in who is crowned this year's national champion.  Keep it here folks, I would not be surprised if we have a memorable finish in Glendale.
Posted on: January 10, 2011 9:42 pm
Edited on: January 10, 2011 9:45 pm

Oregon 11, Auburn 7 (10:58 2Q)

Posted by Chip Patterson

Oregon stared down 93 yards to score down 7 and did not break a sweat.  Darron Thomas shook off memories of two interceptions and connected with Jeff Maehl down the middle of the field for an 81 yard bomb that set up the Ducks first touchdown of the game.  After James took the screen pass in for the score, head coach Chip Kelly made the call to go for two on a fake field goal for the extra point.  Rob Beard made the corner as he was brought down into the end zone to put the Ducks back in front, 11-7.

It was a huge swing of momentum for the Ducks, who desperately needed a spark after failing to score on the three yard line.  The two point conversion erased memories of a Newton-led scoring drive, though the short rest could have an effect on the Oregon defense. 

Posted on: January 10, 2011 9:32 pm
Edited on: January 10, 2011 9:32 pm

Auburn 7, Oregon 3 (12:00 2Q)

Posted by Chip Patterson

And now we have some points.  After 15 scoreless minutes, we have double-digit points in the next 3.  Oregon kicked off the quarter with Rob Beard punching through a 27 yard field goal.  It was an impressive performance by Auburn's defense, holding the Ducks out of the endzone on a 3rd and 2 from the 3 yard line.  The Tigers took the kickoff back down the field, going 82 yards in 8 plays on a drive that finished with a Cam Newton 35 yard touchdown toss to Kodi Burns.
Posted on: January 10, 2011 9:15 pm
Edited on: January 10, 2011 9:16 pm

Auburn 0, Oregon 0 - End 1Q

Posted by Chip Patterson

It always seems to work out that when we all hype up both offenses in the month leading up to the game, the defensive units show up ready to play.  Both Auburn and Oregon came into the game very well-prepared on defense, sniffing out and shutting down all of each other's tricks.  Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton has been held to just 12 yards passing and -12 yards rushing by Oregon's frantic pass rush.  Oregon's offense, on the other hand, was able to finally get some offense going near the end of the quarter, entering the red zone for the first time all game.  It was the first time the Ducks were able to avoid turnovers to get the keep the drive going.  Two previous drives in the first period ended in Darron Thomas interceptions.
Posted on: January 10, 2011 8:59 pm
Edited on: January 10, 2011 9:02 pm

Pair of picks speed up slow start

Posted by Chip Patterson

We expected fireworks and points, so naturally the game began slowed by injury and with a pair of punts.  The field looks like it might be a bit of an issue, claiming Auburn's Chris Davis on the opening kick.  Both defenses look extremely well-prepared for the opposing offense, and both opening drives were stuffed.  Just when Oregon was starting to get some momentum thanks to a couple of first downs and a 21 yard reception from LaMichael James, Darron Thomas overthrew Kenjon Barner and Auburn's Demond Washington came through with the interception.

When Auburn reclaimed the ball with the best field position of the game, Cam Newton was picked off by Oregon's Cliff Harris on the drive's second play.  It looks like it just might be that type of game.

Posted on: December 30, 2010 4:34 pm
Edited on: December 30, 2010 4:36 pm

LaMichael James returning in 2011 for Oregon

Posted by Chip Patterson

In news that may possibly be considered somewhere between "good" and "freaking fantastic,"  Oregon running back LaMichael James announced that he plans to return to the Ducks in 2011.  Head coach Chip Kelly said that nine underclassmen evaluated their NFL draft options, and all nine would be returning to the Ducks next season.  James' made his return official through the school's website.

“I came to the University of Oregon to get a quality education as well as to play football, and feel I have yet to complete that goal,” James said in the official release on

After leading the nation in rushing, and finishing third in the Heisman balloting, there is certainly plenty of upside for the sophomore to make the jump.  But for those close to the program, there is little surprise that the first team Pac-10 academic all-league choice is taking his education seriously.  Returning to school also basically guarantees him Oregon's all-time rushing record.  A mark that he is currently just 68 yards shy of reaching.

It also helps the team's focus heading into the media frenzy associated with the National Championship Game.  Having this matter sorted out before the questions are answered will help keep Oregon's focus on the field.  Considering the many off-field issues Auburn will continue to have to avoid answering discuss, this could be considered a slight intangibles advantage for the Ducks.  Might not make a huge difference, but if this game is as close as we hope and expect, every little thing will count.
Posted on: December 12, 2010 3:18 pm


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