Oregon's speedy offense sputters against Auburn

By: AP
By: AP
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Nicknamed the blur offense, Oregon

The Associated Press
Auburn's Cam Newton (2) carries the ball as Oregon's Kenny Rowe (58) falls to the turf during the second half of the BCS national championship game Monday in Glendale, Ariz.

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Nicknamed the blur offense, Oregon's
spread-option ran right into a speed trap named Auburn.

Everything that Oregon had become known for this season - the
speed, the ability to wear down defenses, the big numbers - was
absent for most of Monday night in top-ranked Auburn's 22-19
victory over the No. 2 Ducks for the national title.

Heisman candidate LaMichael James, the nation's leading rusher
with 153 yards a game, was held to just 49 yards. As a whole,
Oregon's rushing attack managed 75 yards, well under their average
of 304.

Quarterback Darron Thomas threw for 363 yards and two scores,
but he was intercepted twice and sacked twice.

The Ducks went into the game scoring 49.3 points per game and
winning by an average margin of 30.9 points.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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