TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Wes Byrum kicked a 21-yard field goal in
overtime and Auburn stopped Northwestern's final trick play of the
game to hold on Friday for a 38-35 victory in the Outback Bowl.
The Tigers intercepted Mike Kafka five times - twice in the end
zone - and shut down a fake field-goal play to end Northwestern's
gallant bid to end a 61-year stretch of postseason futility.
Kafka threw for a career-best 532 yards four touchdowns. He
rallied Northwestern from a 14-point deficit in the closing minutes
of the fourth quarter, and the Wildcats wasted a chance to win it
Auburn (8-5) finished its first season under Gene Chizik with
the second-most wins by a first-year coach in school history. Only
Terry Bowden, who went 11-0 in 1993, produced more wins in his
initial season on the job.
Northwestern (8-5) fell to 1-7 all-time in postseason games.
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