Despite the way the game ended, Auburn was clearly the better team last night.
They held Oregon to 19 points. Auburn’s speed in the secondary was able to keep the Oregon receivers in check. Auburn’s offensive and defensive lines controlled both lines of scrimmage.
Sure, Auburn QB Cam Newton was spotty at times, but he made plays when it mattered. Oregon’s QB Darron Thomas on the other hand, had a so-so game.
Oregon lost because it has never played a squad who is not only physical, but fast. SEC teams tend to have an effect on teams from other conference – particularly in bowls.
So say what you want about Auburn – that they only have the national championship on loan because they’ll be eventually nailed by the NCAA over Newton, that they may have gotten away with a swallowed whistle in the end on Michael Dyer’s run.
Auburn out-hit and out-played Oregon.