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Cam Newton: ‘War Dang Eagle’

AUBURN, Ala. -- War Eagle. War Eagle. War Dang Eagle.

Those were the first three sentences uttered by Carolina quarterback Cam Newton during his postgame press conference following the Panthers 27-6 win over Tampa Bay, their eighth consecutive win.

He had plenty more War Eagles to get out before he was through.

“It was rather exciting to see,” said Newton, who led Auburn to an undefeated season and BCS National Championship in 2010. “Did I say War Eagle? War Eagle. That team is fun to watch, and these past couple of weeks watching those guys get big wins vs. Georgia as well as that other team is great.

“Coach (Gus) Malzahn is a warrior, he’s a winner. He’s won at every level of football, everywhere he’s been. I’m not surprised, and you guys shouldn’t be surprised either. If you guys were following me this whole week you know that I tried to tell you guys don’t be surprised by the circumstances come Saturday night.

“Did I say War Eagle? War Eagle. That’s it. War Eagle.”

That’s at least eight War Eagles by the 2010 Heisman Trophy winner, who completed 18-of-29 passes for 263 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed for 68 yards and one more touchdowns against the Bucs.

Newton watched the Tigers defeat Alabama 34-28 from his home in Charlotte, N.C., on a 100-yard field goal return by Chris Davis with one second left.

Auburn, 11-1 overall and 7-1 in the SEC, moved up to No. 3 in the three major polls Sunday. The Tigers will play No. 5 Missouri in the SEC Championship game Saturday.

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