After transferring from Blinn College to Auburn in January 2010, Cam Newton won the starting quarterback job during spring practice. He had led Blinn College to the NJCAA national championship the previous season, but few knew what to expect when he made his debut against Arkansas State. Newton threw for 186 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 171 yards and two touchdowns during the 52-26 victory.
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Defeated Mississippi State 17-14
Against an SEC defense Cam Newton looked more human than in Week 1. He outgained Mississippi State all by himself in the first half, but in the second half the Tigers leaned on Nick Fairley and the defense to pull out the win. The junior from Mobile, Ala., finished with five tackles, two sacks, one interception and three quarterback hurries as the defense stood tall in the second half to beat the Bulldogs 17-14.
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Defeated Clemson 27-24
Clemson and Auburn have been playing each other since 1899, but sadly, Clemson hasn't won since 1951. After Auburn kicker Wes Byrum (inset) knocked a 34-yard field goal through the uprights in overtime, the pressure fell on Clemson's redshirt freshman kicker Chandler Catanzaro (left) to match. Catanzaro hooked his attempt wide left in the 27-24 loss.
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Defeated No. 12 South Carolina 35-27
The Tigers once again found themselves playing catch up after falling behind 20-7 to South Carolina. They rallied behind a brilliant performance from Cam Newton (who threw for two touchdowns, ran for three more and had 334 total yards) and their defense (which forced four fourth-quarter turnovers) to win 35-27.
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Defeated Louisiana-Monroe 52-3
After starting the season as the No. 22 team in the nation, Auburn ascended to No. 10 by Week 5. Playing an inferior team in the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks, Auburn proved it belonged in the top 10. The Tigers toyed with the Warhawks throughout their 52-3 victory, including a 94-yard touchdown pass from Newton to wide receiver Emory Blake, which was the longest play from scrimmage in Auburn history.
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Defeated Kentucky 37-34
Cam Newton had shown he could bust big plays, but he hadn't yet shown his ability to manage a game. Tied 34-34 with the Kentucky Wildcats in the fourth quarter, Newton calmly marched the Tigers down the field, orchestrating a 19-play, 86-yard drive that tied for second-longest in school history. The drive set up kicker Wes Byrum, who nailed a 24-yard field goal to seal the 37-34 win as time expired.
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Defeated No. 12 Arkansas 65-43
Week 7 will go down in the history books as a shootout, but the real star of the show was the Auburn defense. After Cam Newton put the Tigers ahead 44-43 early in the fourth quarter, Arkansas looked to be mounting a drive. Arkansas running back Broderick Green rumbled for a first down, only to have the ball stripped from him. Strong safety Zac Etheridge scooped up the loose ball, ran for a touchdown and the Tigers didn't look back, defeating the Razorbacks 65-43.
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Defeated No. 6 LSU 24-17
In a clash of the No. 1 offense versus the No. 1 defense, Auburn and its offense prevailed. Cam Newton rushed for 217 yards and two touchdowns, and running back Onterio McCalebb (inset) broke through a staunch LSU defensive line for the game-winning, 70-yard touchdown as Auburn prevailed 24-17.
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Defeated Mississippi 51-31
Cam Newton didn't have his usual stellar statistics, but with some help from cornerback Demond Washington, the two propelled the No. 1 Tigers past Ole Miss. Washington had a crucial goal-line interception in the second quarter and later had a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the 51-31 win.
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Defeated Chattanooga 62-24
After falling to No. 2 in the BCS rankings, the Tigers had something to prove against the Chattanooga Mocs. Cam Newton played brilliantly, despite allegations of a pay-for-play arrangement at Mississippi State, throwing for 317 yards and four touchdowns and running for one more in the 62-24 win.
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Defeated Georgia 49-31
In another high-scoring affair, Auburn showed it had the offense to play with anyone in the nation. The Tigers fell behind early and started the second half on the wrong side of a 21-7 score. In the second half though, Cam Newton put the Tigers on his back and rallied his team to a 49-31 victory over Georgia. In the process, Newton became only the eighth player in FBS history to throw for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a season.
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Defeated No. 11 Alabama 28-27
Similar to the week before, Auburn found itself in an early hole, down 24-0 to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the second quarter. Facing Alabama's staunch defense, it seemed that Cam Newton's Heisman hopes and the Tigers' BCS hopes were fading before their eyes. And then Newton led Auburn to its biggest comeback in school history, throwing for 216 yards and three touchdowns and running for one more during a miraculous 28-27 victory.
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Defeated No. 19 South Carolina
In the SEC championship game, Newton threw for a career-high 335 yards and four touchdowns and ran for two more scores as the Tigers defeated South Carolina 56-17. Their point total set the record for most points in an SEC title game.
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