Cam Newton is the biggest story in sports today after the former NFL MVP signed a one-year deal to replace Tom Brady in New England. The talking heads on TV and radio have milked the signing for an entire day’s worth of content, as has Twitter and just about everywhere else that provides sports updates.
So while Newton is the talk of the internet and beyond, we here at KSR will use Newton’s day in the headlines to spotlight that time he almost lost to Kentucky in Commonwealth Stadium. The year was 2010 and Newton would go on to lead Auburn to an undefeated season and the school’s second national championship, but not without a war in Lexington along the way.
The Tigers held leads of 24-7 and 31-14, but Randall Cobb and the Cats clawed back to tie the game at 34-34 thanks to Cobb’s two rushing touchdowns, one receiving touchdown and one passing touchdown.
Remember how good he was?
In the end, Auburn controlled the ball and the clock to kick the deciding field goal as time expired. Ball game, 37-34. Had Kentucky pulled off the upset, it would’ve been back-to-back wins over Auburn in consecutive seasons. (Kentucky beat the Newton-less Tigers the year before, 21-14. People forget that.)
Anyway, here’s a 13-minute recap of the 2010 close-call in Commonwealth:
Watch the entire game on YouTube if you’re that bored: