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MacArthur Bowl Trophy claimed by Auburn Tigers

MacArthur Bowl Trophy (courtesy of National Football Foundation via Wikipedia Commons)

The National Football Foundation & College Football Hall of Fame (NFF) has presented the MacArthur Bowl to the Auburn Tigers, who finished 14-0 as their reward for beating the Oregon Ducks, 22-19 in the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game before a sellout crowd of 78,603 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Oregon finishes the season at 12-1.

NFF President & CEO Steven J. Hatchell handed the national championship trophy to Auburn head coach Gene Chizik who accepted the trophy on behalf of his program which marked the 52nd time that a team has claimed the prestigious trophy.

Wes Bynum kicked a 19-yard field goal as time expired and #1 Auburn beat #2 Oregon.

Oregon had tied the game at 19 with 2:33 left when Darron Thomas found Jeff Maehl on a tying two-point conversion pass after LaMichael James scored on a shovel pass.

Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton and the Tigers of Auburn went back to work with a 73-yard drive, with freshman Michael Dyer making key plays. He ran over several Oregon players and when the play wasn’t blown dead, he ran another 32 yards to the 23 -yard line.

One play later, Dyer scampered for 16 yards up the middle to the 1-yard line.

Newton was pushed back a yard on the next play, bringing on Bynum with two seconds to kick the game winner and give Auburn its first national championship since 1957 and the Southeastern Conference’s fifth in a row. It also was the second straight year that the state of Alabama has won the national title. In 2010, the Alabama Crimson Tide located in Tuscaloosa won it. And now in 2011, Auburn University from Auburn, Alabama which is near Phenix City and Opelika, has won it.

Auburn is the 2010 SEC Champions and Oregon the 2010 Pac-10 Champions.

The MacArthur Trophy was not presented until 1959. This is the first time the Auburn program has won the award.

The 1957 Auburn Team, coached by Hall of Fame Coach Shug Jordan, went 10-0 and claimed the Associated Press national championship. The Tigers’ win continues the streak of SEC teams to claim the national crown, becoming the fifth straight SEC team to win the title game.

Representing the pinnacle of team achievement in college sports, the trophy was the gift of an annonymous donor, who commissioned Tiffany & Company to craft it from 400 ounces of silver, in honor of NFF founder General Douglas A. MacArthur. It took eight months to make, and the trophy features MacArthur’s famous quote: “There is no substitute for victory.” The 2010 Auburn team will now have its name etched on the silver trophy, which will visit Auburn, Alabama, until the 2011 champions claim it. Last year, more than 500,000 people saw the trophy while it was on display in Tuscaloosa, Alabama after the Crimson Tide’s win in the BCS title game.

Info courtesy of  the National Football Foundation