Then, on a third-and-four from the Oregon 17, Dyer rolls off a 16-yard run to move the ball to the one-yard line with 10 seconds left. The Tigers milked the clock for another couple of seconds and then called a timeout. Enter kicker Wes Byrum, who was straight and true on the 19-yarder as time expired. (How's this for crazy? Byrum scored all of Auburn's points in the second half.) Newton (22-of-34 for 265 passing yards, two touchdowns, one interception and 65 rushing yards) said after the game that everyone in the huddle was calm. But the game was anything but and we give the last word to Posnanski: "Not sure it was a great game, but it was certainly a wild one."
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For those not venturing to Glendale, we invite you to stick with this blog, which will include observations and analysis throughout the game from our team at University of Phoenix Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for shortly after 8:30 p.m.