Tigers win battle of defenses in Dallas
In a classic defensive struggle, No. 10 Auburn managed the only points of the second half on a 42-yard field goal in the third quarter to defeat No. 22 Nebraska, 17-14, in the 2007 Cotton Bowl.
The Huskers fell to the Tigers despite surrendering just 178 total yards, with both Auburn touchdowns coming in the first half on drives of less than 15 yards following NU turnovers. Nebraska generated 230 yards of total offense, including 126 yards passing and 104 yards on the ground.
Nebraska was in position to tie or win the game late in the fourth quarter after linebacker Stewart Bradley recovered an Auburn fumble at the Tiger 42 with 5:24 remaining. The Huskers drove to the Auburn 27 before losing yardage on consecutive plays to set up a decision on fourth down-and-11 at the AU 30. NU elected to go for it, but Zac Taylor’s pass to Frantz Hardy was incomplete.