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This should make Oregon fans incredibly happy

Posted on: January 11, 2011 2:09 am
Edited on: January 11, 2011 5:53 am
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's got to hurt.

Video courtesy of the invaluable Mocksession

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 7:59 am

This should make Oregon fans incredibly happy

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Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: January 13, 2011 12:46 pm

This should make Oregon fans incredibly happy

I think the biggest issue is whether the forward progress is stopped. This rule is implemented for the safety of the players. The runner felt his progress was stopped, the Oregon Ducks felt the progress was stopped. In this instance the play should have been ruled down so that there would not be any extra hard hits on the runner. I fear in the future if this situation should happen the runner, while standing defenseless, would be tackled hard, possibly in the back if you look at the player positions, and potentially injured. I am glad I did not have to make that call on the field. That was a tough one. However, with the replay, wise men should have come to a better decision.

Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2011 1:25 am

This should make Oregon fans incredibly happy

I'm not saying the call should have been overturned but his wrist was down.  You see him put his weight on his wrist and then switch his weight to his palm/fingers after that.  I don't know why you would deny this.  Questionable call.  Cam also fumbled the ball on another occasion but they said it was a forward pass.  It's just the way it goes.  No way to say if the Ducks would have won or even forced overtime if the calls went the other way.  I pin the blame on bad play calling by the ducks, an unprepared O-Line (that had a decent year before this), and a whole host of other things.  Good game.  Could have went either way, and either way I'm proud of the ducks.  Dumbasses like Robert Smith saying "I'm taking Auburn BIG TIME", the Ducks deserve respect for this season and for playing with Auburn the whole entire game.  I don't know why all the duck fans I know are so somber lately, they would be happier if they won the Sun Bowl?  It's stupid.  You can't be mad about a 12-1 year, especially when next year is just as promising.  Go Ducks.

Since: Jan 12, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2011 9:09 pm

This should make Oregon fans incredibly happy

Do I think that was a bad call?  Yes, as was Cliff Harris' "non-interception" that set up an Auburn touchdown.  Do I think there was "irrefutable evidence" sufficient to overturn the calls?  No.  Bad calls go both ways.  The refs can't be everywhere.  I don't know if Auburn is better than Oregon, but they were the better team on Monday, and they deserved to win.  My only complaints are the kick in the head by Eric Smith and the shove in the turf by Nick Fairley.  They should have been ejected.  Those plays were an insult to a fine football team and a fine university.  Remember LeGarrett Blount's punch after last year's Boise State game?  To Chip Kelly's credit he voluntarily suspended LeGarrett for most of the season.
PS:  I was at the BCA championship.  I have attended dozens of away Duck games and at least 10 bowl games.  The Auburn fans in Phoenix were without question the most polite football fans I've ever met.  I'd love to see Oregon schedule a "home and home" with Auburn.

Since: Aug 13, 2008
Posted on: January 12, 2011 1:40 am

This should make Oregon fans incredibly happy

This is just some people who can't get over the loss.  His HAND was touching the ground not his wrist.  It was totally opposite of the Arkansas player whose wrist was down.  Play stands as called on the field and was correctly reviewed.  WAR EAGLE!

Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2011 7:56 pm

Auburn's Dirty Play is a Shame

If it were Auburn in Oregon's position the failed initial tackle wouldn't have even been an issue.  Auburn would have assumed the whistle had blown and just grabbed the receiver's facemask and shove it into the turf and then knee him while he was on the ground to make sure he didn't get back up.  Of course I'm sarcastic, and I don't dispute that overall the officials did a very nice job, but how do they not kick Eric Smith out of the game when he kicked Oregon's Dion Jordan to the ground and opened a gash in the side of his head with a kick long after the play was over (see link below)? 

And what's up with Nick Fairley?  The guy was dominant.  He spent more time in the Oregon backfield than he did on the Auburn side of the field and yet when he gets back there it isn't enough to violently tackle and sack, he had to grab facemasks and jerk people around by the neck.  And Gene Chizick was completely cool with it:

"It's real simple. You have a 315-pound defensive tackle and you can't block him, sometimes he's going to be very aggressive and people are going to get hurt," Chizik said. "We don't want that. We don't want to see anybody get hurt. But when you can't block a guy that's 315 pounds, that happens."

When you've got a 315-pount tackle it just happens that he grabs the opponent running back's facemask and shoves it into the turf?  LaMichael James said after the game he had no problem with Fairley, who was penalized 15 yards after shoving James helmet into the field after a run, he was just getting tired of having his facemasked pulled by Auburn's defensive linemen.  That's not all, Fairley body-slammed LSU's Jordan Jefferson on two different occasions, WWE style. He hammered Arkansas' Ryan Mallett with a vicious tackle that resulted in a game-ending concussion. But the hits that attracted the most attention occurred during the Tigers' victory over Georgia: Fairley was whistled for a roughing the passer penalty for driving his helmet squarely into Eric Murray's back, then later drilled the QB again with a hit to the knee, setting off fights between the teams.

Auburn was physical and has incredibly big and talented offensive and defensive lines.  They earned the win on the field with their play, but there is absolutely no reason for the type of dirty play that happened on the field.  The NCAA cannot allow players to stay in games when they intentionally hurt others like Eric Smith did and Fairley deserved a suspension earlier this year for the unbelievably dirty spear he put on Eric Murray.  Chizik and the SEC need to be held accountable for controlling these barbaric acts and if they won't then the NCAA needs to actually slap Auburn down for a change to their hands off policies this year.

Since: May 24, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2011 5:45 pm

This should make Oregon fans incredibly happy

That guy was tackled. End of discussion.

Since: Jan 8, 2010
Posted on: January 11, 2011 4:44 pm

This should make Oregon fans incredibly happy

I agree that it is a moronic video, but more so for CBS sports to even give it any play.

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2011 3:49 pm

This should make Oregon fans incredibly happy

Only correct thing to do :  Declare the game a draw and give the Title to TCU !!!

Since: Jul 20, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2011 3:12 pm

Incredibly stupid video. Where was his wrist

obviously down.  His hand was down and that was it.  What a moronic  video done obviously by some stupid Oregon fan.  No where on that video is there any picture showing anything BUT his hand touching the ground.  His hand CAN touch the ground.  Ridiculous, pathetic video done by an equally pathetic person.

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