AU 23-20: Chick-fil-A Bowl News and Notes

A report from the Georgia Dome has news and notes on Auburn's bowl victory over Clemson.

Atlanta, Ga.--Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville said he liked the toughness his team displayed in pulling out a 23-20 Chick-fil-A Bowl victory over Clemson at the Georgia Dome on New Year's Eve.

"Our work ethic has been great," Tuberville said. "Knowing we had to play four quarters on both sides of the ball (to beat Clemson), you have got to give it to them. They hung in there until the end."

Tuberville's Tigers won the first ever overtime bowl game in Auburn history and evened their record for the season in OT games. Auburn lost 26-23 to South Florida on Sept. 8th.

Tuberville had praise for Clemson. "They had a good plan," he said. "They talked to people about what Tony (Auburn's new offensive coordinator Tony Franklin) does," he said. "They blitzed a lot and if you do that a lot against this offense it can wear you out so it's damned if you do, damned if you don't."

Bowl News and Notes:

*Clemson's C.J. Spillers was voted Offensive MVP while Pat Sims of Auburn was named the top defensive player. Spiller ran eight times for 112 yards and scored on an 83-yard run.

*Tickets were tough to find in the weeks leading up to the game. They were just as tough to find outside the Georgia Dome on game day. There were lots of fans and scalpers looking to buy, but sellers seemed impossible to find.

*Mario Fannin was Auburn's leading receiver with five catches for 55 yards. He also ran three times for 18 yards.

*Auburn's top two running backs in carries each got 14. Brad Lester netted 57 yards and Ben Tate netted 47.

*Brandon Cox set a career best for completions with 24.

*The game was just the second time this year Auburn had three or fewer points at halftime. The other was in Auburn's victory at Arkansas.

*Auburn has now allowed 20 or fewer points in six of its last seven bowl games.

*Tuberville improved his record in Auburn bowl games to 5-3.

*Josh Thompson, Carl Stewart and Matthew Motley served as Auburn's captain.

*The crowd of 74,413 was the third largest in the history of the Chick-fil-A Bowl.


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