Tag:Wes Byrum
Posted on: January 11, 2011 2:09 am
Edited on: January 11, 2011 5:53 am

This should make Oregon fans incredibly happy

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Without a doubt, one of the plays that will forever stand out in the memories of Auburn and Oregon fans alike from tonight's BCS Championship Game will be the 37-yard run by Michael Dyer on Auburn's final drive.  The one where he rolled over linebacker Eddie Pleasant , got up, stood around for a second, and then took off.

The play was reviewed, and the ruling on the field was upheld.  Dyer was never officially down, the Tigers picked up the key yards and a few plays later Wes Byrum nailed a field goal that made them national champions.  Well, Oregon fans may not want to watch the following video.

Of course, nobody knows for sure what would have happened had Dyer been ruled down following the review.  The way he was gashing Oregon's defense on that drive, the only difference may have been that Byrum's field goal had to cover more distance before flying through the uprights.  Still, to come that close to a national championship, and then see that video....it's got to hurt.

Video courtesy of the invaluable Mocksession
Posted on: December 4, 2010 6:23 pm
Edited on: December 4, 2010 6:37 pm

VIDEO: Hail Mary to save Auburn from mistakes?

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Auburn is 30 minutes away from the BCS National Championship Game, up 28-14 on South Carolina at halftime of the SEC Championship game. But if the second 30 minutes are half as back-and-forth as the first, the Tigers will still have an awful lot of work to do to earn their trip to Glendale.

But they'll at least have momentum on their side after Cam Newton' s half-ending Hail Mary was batted and then caught by Darvin Adams in the end zone:

That play answered what had looked like a game-changing touchdown drive by Carolina, one capped by Stephen Garcia hitting Alshon Jeffrey on a one-yard slant to bring Carolina within 21-14 with 16 seconds left before the break. With the Gamecocks getting the ball first in the second half, the underdogs looked like they had recovered from a disastrous defensive first quarter that saw Newton account for three touchdowns as the Tigers racked up more than 200 yards in the first period alone.

One of those touchdowns was this 54-yarder to Adams:

But Adams also played a large role in letting Carolina off the mat, dropping a certain third-down conversion and later a touchdown pass Newton had floated in with precision. But he wasn't alone in making mistakes for the Tigers: Newton missed multiple open receivers, a Phillip Lutzenkirchen holding call negated a 3rd-and-1 inside the Carolina 5, and Wes Byrum missed a 36-yard field goal. The Tigers have been by far the dominant team on the stat sheet --- outgaining the Gamecocks 348 yards to 196 -- but as they learned themselves after coming back against an Alabama team that allowed missed first-half opportunities to become a huge second-half letdown, that didn't matter much with the boot never applied to the Gamecocks' throat.

The Hail Mary might change things. (At the very least, it redeemed Adams, who finished the half with an incredible 7 receptions for 215 yards and the pair of scores.) But unless they administer the knockout blow, they might still need a little more magic to seal their bid to Glendale.

Posted on: October 23, 2010 5:23 pm
Edited on: October 23, 2010 5:27 pm

Auburn-LSU tied in slugfest; Lee out?

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Through one half, the LSU defense has lived up to its reputation ... and unfortunately for the visiting Tigers, so has their offense. Gus Malzahn 's dynamic Auburn offense was held to just 10 points and 177 yards in the first half, well below their season averages. While Cam Newton ran for 78 yards and a touchdown, he also threw for only 32 total yards and looked uncomfortable in the pocket against LSU's (arguably) SEC-best secondary.

But those 10 points were good enough for a 10-3 lead until the final 15 seconds of the half, when Jordan Jefferson escaped a Daren Bates tackle at the 10 and sprinted in to tie the game. The play capped a huge 14-play, 78-yard, momentum-changing drive for LSU following a missed field goal by the usually-reliable Wes Byrum , the miss wasting Auburn's own 13-play march. Both teams will kick themselves for missed opportunities; LSU took the ball across midfield on their first three possessions and scored just one 48-yard Josh Jasper field goal.

So who's got the upper hand? LSU will take the second-half kickoff, a big deal in what's shaping up as an extremely low-possession game, but LSU quarterback Jarrett Lee suffered a wrist injury just before the half; Les Miles just said he would play in the second half, but if he can't, can Jefferson throw well enough to keep LSU moving? Can Auburn use their big home crowd to propel themselves into a big second half, as they did against Clemson and South Carolina ? But what if Nick Fairley really has a head injury and has to miss the second half himself?

The Lee injury might tilt the odds slightly in Auburn's favor, but after 30 minutes, things are way too close to call.

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