Cox, Offense Have to Adjust to Cornhuskers

Auburn's quarterback discusses the strategy of Auburn's Cotton Bowl 17-14 victory over Nebraska.

Dallas, Tex.--Quarterback Brandon Cox notes that Nebraska surprised the Auburn offense with a variety of new wrinkles for the Cotton Bowl game

"The first half Nebraska caught us off guard," the Auburn junior says. "They weren't doing anything they had been doing on film. They brought a lot of pressure on us.

"In the second half we made adjustments with our base offense keeping eight or nine guys in to protect on the passing game and we ran our base runs," Cox says. "Also, our offensive line responded. With those four seniors out there, they were not going out losers and they played great in the second half."

Cox was part of history in Auburn's bowl victory over the Cornhuskers. He threw six completions to senior wide receiver Courtney Taylor, who broke the school record with his 153 receptions.

"He deserves the record," Cox says. "He has played his heart out the whole time he has been here. He will be one of the receivers who will always be remembered.

Brandon Cox takes his drop while staring into the face of a fierce Nebraska pass rush.

One thing Cox remembered that he didn't want to repeat in Dallas was the feeling of losing a bowl game. "Last year was embarrassing," he says. "There wasn't a day that went by we didn't hear about it. I am looking forward to getting back to offseason program coming off a win, especially against a big program like Nebraska, coming off a win. It is a great way to end the season."

Cox also notes, "Last year losing to Wisconsin we heard about that from Coach Yox (Kevin Yoxall) from the day we got back on campus with him wearing his Capital One badge up until the snap of the first game. Everybody talked about that. To come here, we had a lot of pressure on us to not let that happen again. If we lost, Coach Yox was going to make it even worse on us.

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