GLENDALE, Ariz. — Nick Fairley lived up to his reputation in the BCS championship game, both good and bad.
Dirty, dominant. Maybe both.
The All-American defensive tackle was all unblockable at times, yes. He also got a personal foul in No. 1 Auburn's 22-19 victory over No. 2 Oregon in Monday night's BCS championship game.
During one sequence in the third quarter, Fairley was penalized for twisting an Oregon player's helmet. He also jarred the ball loose from quarterback Darron Thomas with a hard hit from behind and had a sack.
Oregon didn't fare any better than SEC offenses against the junior college transfer who went from mostly unknown to the Lombardi Award winner and a coveted NFL prospect.