AU 17, Nebraska 14: News and Notes

News and notes from the Cotton Bowl in Dallas are featured as the Auburn Tigers closed their season with a victory.

Dallas, Tex.--Auburn evened its Cotton Bowl record at 1-1 with its 17-14 football victory vs. Nebraska and improved its all-time bowl record to 18-13-2.

Auburn improved its all-time record to 5-6-2 in games played on New Year's Day.

More notes from the Cotton Bowl:

*Auburn's defense held Nebraska to 230 yards, the fourth lowest total of the season for the Tigers. The lower totals came against Arkansas State (155), Mississippi State (161) and Buffalo (198).

*Will Herring extended his school record by making his 49th consecutive start and was named the bowl game's defensive MVP. Herring broke the previous school record of 47 straight starts held by offensive tackle Jeno James (1996-99).

*Karibi Dede's 52-yard interception return was the fourth-longest in Cotton Bowl history. It was the second-longest interception return of the season for the Tigers, trailing a 57-yard return by Zach Gilbert. It was Dede's first interception of the season and second of his career.

*Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville improved his Auburn bowl game record to 4-3. AU's bowl streak of seven straight games is two shy of the school record of nine that ran from 1982-90.

*It marked just the fourth time in Auburn history that the Tigers won 11 or more games in a season (13 in 2004, 11 in 1983 and 11 in 1993).

*The game was Tuberville's 100th as Auburn's head coach. He improved his record to 71-29.

Coach Tommy Tuberville heads into the stadium at the pregame Tiger Walk.

*Auburn's last game against Nebraska was a 41-7 Cornhusker victory in 1982 in a regular season game at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The two teams are 1-1 in postseason matchups. Nebraska won 13-7 in the 1964 Orange Bowl game.

*Auburn improved its all-time record to current members of the Big 12 conference to 10-15-1.

*Auburn is now 4-5 vs. Big 12 games in bowl matchups.

*This year's game was the first that Tommy Tuberville has coached vs. a Big 12 team as head coach of the Tigers.

*Auburn and Nebraska were tied at 14-14 at halftime. The only other time the Tigers were tied at halftime this season was 7-7 at Ole Miss in a game won 23-17 by the Tigers.

*Auburn led 17-14 at the end of the third quarter. The Tigers improved to 11-0 when leading after three quarters.

*Auburn's 178 yards total offense vs. Nebraska was the second lowest total this season. Auburn netted 171 yards in a 37-15 loss to Georgia.

*Carl Stewart's one-yard touchdown run in the second quarter was his third rushing score of the season and his fifth TD this season. All seven of his career rushing touchdowns have been from one yard. Stewart now has nine career touchdowns.

*Brandon Cox's touchdown pass was his 14th of the season, which ties him for ninth on Auburn's single-season touchdown passes list. Cox now has 33 career TD passes, which ranks fifth in AU history.

*Tristan Davis returned the second half kickoff 43 yards. It marked the 10th game this season that he has had at least one kickoff return of 30 yards or longer.

*John Vaughn improved his school-record total to 163 PAT kicks during his career, moving him up one spot to third in SEC history. With a 42-yard field goal in the third quarter, Vaughn became just the second Auburn player to make 20 field goals in a season. Scott Etheridge set the school record with 22 field goals in 1992.

*Vaughn finished the game with five points, pushing his career total to 312, which ties him for 12th in SEC history with Alabama's Van Tiffin (1983-86). He made his sixth field goal over 40 yards in length this season. He is now 4-5 between 40-49 yards after going 0-5 from that range in 2005.


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