The bang-bang nature of it was kind of eerie. Moments after CBS put up the graphic that Auburn's Cameron Newton had 143 rushing yards in first half, and a whopping 57 of them after contact against Arkansas, Michigan QB Denard Robinson burst up-field for a 12-yard gain on the rugged Iowa defense. The wiry 195-pound sophomore, however, was drilled, taking a helmet in his upper right (throwing) arm. The Wolverines star had eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark on the play, but stayed down on the field for a few minutes before being helped to the sidelines. His day was done.
Meanwhile, back down at Auburn, the 6-foot-6, 250-pound Newton kept rolling on. Newton finished the day with 188 yards on the ground and 140 more passing. You could practically see the Heisman scales tipping one dual-threat QB up while the other side of the scale sank mid-afternoon Saturday. Newton ran for three TDs of 5, 1 and 3 yards, distances that usually indicate "hard" yards as the Tigers overwhelmed the 12th-ranked Hogs, 65-43. In the past two games, Newton has carried the ball 53 times, putting the Tigers' offense on his back, and he only seems to be getting stronger.
"Even when you have guys there, he breaks the tackles," said Hogs coach Bobby Petrino. "He's also fast and big and can really run the ball. He's just a really good player."