Atlanta (AP)—Cam Newton still seems a little dazed by it all, how a guy
who was playing at a junior college in Texas just a season ago has the Heisman
Trophy in his grasp, his team just one win away from the national championship.
With his best performance yet in a week when NCAA pronounced him good to go,
Newton accounted for six touchdowns in the Southeastern Conference championship
game to lead No. 2 Auburn to a 56-17 rout of 18th-ranked South Carolina on
“It’s not even sunk in,” said Newton, who threw for a career-best 335
yards and four touchdowns, plus ran for a pair of scores. “I’ve just been
living the dream.”
An even bigger game looms on Jan. 10.
Auburn, which came into the day leading the Bowl Championship Series
standings, wrapped up its spot in the title game against top-ranked Oregon,
which secured a trip to Glendale, Ariz., with a 37-20 victory over Oregon State.
The Ducks will be facing a player that Auburn coach Gene Chizik calls the
best he’s ever seen at the college level. That includes Vince Young, who was at
Texas when Chizik was the Longhorns’ defensive coordinator.
“When you look at the 13-game span, I’ve never seen anything like it,”
Chizik said. “It’s running the ball. It’s throwing the ball. Usually great
quarterbacks do one or the other better. What God has blessed Cameron with is
the ability to be really, really good at both.”