Sub Comes Through In Bowl Game Victory

News and notes from Auburn's bowl victory over Penn State are featured.

Orlando, Fla.--Redshirt sophomore tackle Ryan Broome said he was nervous when he was called on to fill in for injured starting offensive tackle Marcus McNeill. However, it sure didn't show.

Broome was on the field for the winning touchdown drive and the go-ahead TD run, a 17-yard scamper by Ronnie Brown around right end, that was aided by good work by Broome.

"Everybody was looking at me like, ‘Come on Broome, come on Broome.' Ben Nowland looked at me and then old Ben said, ‘If you don't do this I am going to get on you.' Credit is given to Ronnie Brown and the guys around me. I just filled in and did my role filling in for Marcus McNeill, who is an incredible talent."

Broome said he was busy chasing Penn State defensive line star Jimmy Kennedy on the touchdown play so he was too busy to know that the Tigers had taken the lead.

Hugh Nall, the offensive line coach, noted, "I just grabbed him and I said, ‘I know you can do it so go do it.' I thought he played well, came off the ball and made some nice blocks when we had to get the ball down the field."

Auburn's seniors accept the Capital One Bowl championship trophy after beating Penn State 13-9.

Nall said the Tigers were not sharp on offense in the first half, but played better in the third and fourth quarters. "The first half we were still feeling around trying to figure out what was going on. It had been a long time since we had played a football game. When you go against the scout team, you are not going to get the same look. I think that was the big difference in the second half. We caught up to the speed of the game and started executing like we are capable of doing."

Nowland said he was happy for Broome. "Everybody slapped him on the butt and said get your motor running when he ran out there," Nowland said. "He did really well. He got the job done, executed and we scored."

More Bowl Notes: Ronnie Brown accepted the MVP trophy in front of the Auburn cheering section in the northeast side of the field after the game. The redshirt sophomore credited God and his offensive line with making the big day possible. Brown became the first Auburn back to get 100 yards rushing in a bowl game since Stephen Davis gained 119 in the 1996 Outback Bowl. Brown's 184 yards is a bowl game school record...The last time Auburn kept a team from scoring a touchdown in a bowl was in 1974 when the Tigers pounded Texas 27-3 in the Gator Bowl...Auburn had a 100-yard rusher in eight of its 13 games this season...Penn State scored its fewest points since going down 20-0 to Michigan in 2001. It was PSU's fewest bowl points since losing to Florida 21-6 in the Florida Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1, 1998.

Tommy Tuberville had special praise for offensive coordinator Bobby Petrino for staying with the Tigers through the bowl game even though he was named head coach at Louisville before Christmas. "At night he didn't make a lot of our functions because he was on the telephone trying to hire his staff," Tuberville said. "He got everybody hired but one so he is having to stay on the phone with different people. It is tough. I want to thank him for coming back. I didn't require him to do that. That was his choice. I told him to do whatever he thought was best for him and his football team he is going to take over because he has a tough job in front of him." Tuberville said Petrino didn't get much sleep in Orlando...The injury to Marcus McNeill is not considered serious (knee sprain), but the injury to Antarrious Williams in the first half was a broken bone in his leg.


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