Number 5-Auburn defensive tackles Spencer Johnson and DeMarco McNeill—the interior duo helped lead a charge into the Badgers' backfield throughout the game. McNeil and Johnson combined for 13 tackles, including three for loss and two sacks.
Number 3-Auburn linebacker Karlos Dansby—Dansby forced two fumbles including one late in the game that sealed the Tigers' victory. He was disruptive force throughout the contest, making plays all over the field. When he was turned loose to blitz in the second half, the Badgers had few answers. Dansby finished with 10 tackles, two for loss one-and-a-half sacks and a pass breakup.
Number 2-Auburn quarterback Jason Campbell—Campbell's numbers are far from illustrious, but he made big plays when his team needed them most, none bigger than his 51-yard completion to receiver Jeris McIntyre, which set up the Tigers go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
Number 1-Auburn defensive end Reggie Torbor—Torbor dominated whoever tried to block him throughout the game and harassed Wisconsin quarterback Jim Sorgi from start to finish. Torbor finished with seven tackles, four for loss and two and a half sacks anchoring a line that disrupted Wisconsin's offensive flow. On one particularly impressive sack, Torbor bull rushed Badger left tackle Morgan Davis—who outweighs him by 80 pounds and knocked him backward, jostling him off his feet on his way to Sorgi.