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Oregon Ducks can't fly on fourth down as Auburn takes BCS national championship

Oregon Ducks fall to Auburn in the BCS national championship game Monday night. The Tiger defense was stout and an Auburn freshman running back led the charge on offense against the Oregon Ducks.

Auburn's Michael Dyer runs with the ball as Oregon's Eddie Pleasant (11) defends during the second half of the BCS National Championship NCAA college football game Monday, Jan. 10, in Glendale, Ariz. Auburn beat the Oregon Ducks, 22-19.

Mark J. Terrill/AP Photo

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Many prognosticators were licking their chops over this year's BCS national championship game. High-flying Oregon, with its non-stop offense, versus Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton and a multi-faceted Auburn offense. It was going to be a wide-open affair.

Well, almost.

Wes Byrum's 19-yard field goal with no time left Monday night propelled Auburn past Oregon, 22-19, and gave the Tigers their second national championship in football. It was a game where both teams had big plays, but couldn't find the end zone very often.

A key play in the game came in the third quarter when Oregon, facing a fourth-and-goal from the Auburn one-yard line, could not score on a run by Kenjon Barner. The Ducks managed over 400 yards of total offense, but most of that was through the air. Heisman third-place finisher LaMichael James could only manage 49 yards on the ground as Auburn's defensive front overwhelmed Oregon's offensive line.

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