A sea of 78,000 Tiger fans filled Jordan-Hare Stadium, some cheered with blue and orange shakers while other shed tears of joy as the celebration of Auburn's first BCS National Championship and second national title was presented.
It was a historic moment and season that fans have been waiting for since Auburn's last national title that was won an astounding 53 years ago.
The season was not an easy one, filled with tough come from behind victories, a pay-for-play scandal involving Auburn's Heisman Trophy winning quarterback, and constant speculation that the team wasn't strong enough to win. They were and they did.
Auburn University hosted the day for all the Auburn faithful to come out and see the presentation of the trophy's and team.
Political figures, coaches, and players spoke to commemorate the accomplishments achieved this past season.
Before the action started students filed onto the field to get closer to the stage. Pictures were snapped: many doing the famous Heisman pose in front of the National Champions emblem recently painted onto Pat Dye Field. Music blared to get the fans pumped up for the event soon to come.
Finally lights, camera, action. Athletic Director Jay Jacobs stepped up to the microphone to begin the day by belting out the Auburn family's most famous greeting, “WAR EAGLE.” Sheer eruption.
As each speaker took the stage before the trophy ceremony anticipation rose until finally it came time for the team introductions. One by one the underclassmen were called out, applause following each.
Then it was time for the seniors. This would be their last time to be on Pat Dye Field as a collegiate athlete. Again one by one they were called and gave a jog up to the stage where their seats awaited them. The last two to be called: the Lombardi Award winner Nick Fairley and the Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton. The only thing that could be heard above the regular cheers was the thousands of screaming Auburn ladies.
“It's really awesome for the freshman like me who get to start their college career with a national championship,” Emily Behrmann said, a freshman business major. “And also for the seniors who get to end their college tenure with an undefeated season.”
The 2011 graduating class-entered Auburn in 2007 when its football team went a mere 9-4, with a 5-3 record in the SEC. Could a new era of Auburn dominance be in store for this freshman class to experience?