SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (FWAA) – Following their 22-19 win over
Oregon in the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game, the Auburn
Tigers (14-0) were presented the 2010 Grantland Rice Trophy
by the Football Writers Association of America. FWAA president
Tommy Hicks of the Mobile Press-Register made the presentation to
head coach Gene Chizik at a morning news conference.
panel of 15 veteran FWAA members selected Auburn as the FWAA champion
after the Tigers completed an unbeaten season when Wes Byrum kicked
a 19-yard field goal as time expired.
Auburn, which has never won the FWAA national championship trophy,
joins fellow SEC members Alabama (2009), Florida (2008), LSU (2007)
and Florida (2006) in the five-year national championship reign
by the league.
Oregon (12-1), the Pacific-10 champion, averaged nearly 50 points
per game coming into the championship game, but was overmatched
trying to contend with Auburn's defensive line that helped
limit the Ducks
to a season-low 81 rushing yards . Oregon led 11-7 in the second
quarter before the Tigers stormed back to take a 16-11 lead at halftime
and never again trailed.
Auburn's defense stiffened on an Oregon drive to the 1-yard line
late in the third quarter, denying the Ducks a chance for a potential
tying touchdown. Oregon would later tie the score with 2:33
left in the game before Auburn put together a 7-play, 73-yard drive for the winning
field goal and its first national football championship of any kind
"These guys represent Auburn on the field, off the field, in
the community the right way," Chizik said after completing his second
season. "We said that we wanted to go from good
to great. And I can sit here tonight and I can tell you that Auburn
– the Auburn Tigers are the best football team in the United States."
The Grantland Rice Trophy has been presented by the Football
Writers Association of America to college football's national champion
since 1954. Named for the legendary sportswriter, the Grantland
Rice Trophy was the first national championship award to be presented
after the college football postseason.
Although the FWAA does not conduct a final poll at the end of
the season, it will conduct a 2011 preseason poll during the summer
when the entire membership will vote. The poll will be released
in late August before the beginning of the upcoming season.
The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization
founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,200 men and women who cover college football
for a living. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists,
as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works
to govern areas that include gameday operations, major awards and its annual All-America
team. For more information about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve
Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 972-713-6198.
• All-time Grantland
Rice Trophy winners