Auburn's Defense Holds At End For Cotton Bowl Win

Jan. 1, 2007

DALLAS (AP) - Carl Stewart scored the only two times he touched the ball, John Vaughn kicked a 42-yard field goal and Auburn's defense held at the end to give the No. 10 Tigers a 17-14 victory over No. 22 Nebraska in the Cotton Bowl on Monday.

The Cornhuskers (9-5) opened with a dominating drive, but couldn't do much else right in their first January game in five years. Their bid for a 10-win season ended when Zac Taylor threw an incompletion on fourth-and-11 from the Auburn 30 with 2:03 left.

Vaughn's field goal midway through the third quarter accounted for the only points scored after halftime.

Auburn (11-3) was the first Southeastern Conference team to win the Cotton Bowl in four years. The Tigers were the only team this season to beat two teams in the Bowl Championship Series.

Nebraska still had a chance with 5:24 left when Stewart Bradley sacked Brandon Cox, stripped the ball and recovered at the Auburn 42.

The Cornhuskers got to the 30, after converting their first third down since their opening drive. But Taylor was under heavy pressure on fourth down when he threw the ball well over the head of his intended receiver and out of bounds with 2:03 left.

Auburn couldn't run the clock out because Kenny Irons was stopped a foot short on third-and-2. After initially being ruled a first down, officials reviewed the play and changed the spot.

The Tigers were forced to punt, and Taylor had just one more chance - a long desperation pass that dropped incomplete in a group of players near the 25.



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