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Best and worst

Best momentum grab: With Nebraska owning the first quarter of play, David Irons and Karibi Dede combined to change the momentum of the game completely. Irons tipped a pass from Nebraskaís Zac Taylor and Dede caught the rebound, returning it 52 yards to the Nebraska 9. Auburn scored two plays later.

Best way to go out: Courtney Taylor wanted dearly to grab Auburnís career receptions record against rival Alabama. But when he strained his hamstring in the week leading up to the game, he couldnít do it then. So he made amends by breaking the record by three catches Monday, finishing his career with 153. Better yet, the senior made three crucial catches on a game-changing drive in the second half, helping him to earn offensive MVP honors.

Worst way to start game: Nebraska wanted to earn respect early in the game, and Auburn was more than willing to help out. The Tigersí defense, statistically one of the best in the country, allowed the Cornhuskers to drive 80 yards in 15 plays, eating up 7:23 in the first quarter to take a 7-0 lead. Additionally, Auburn allowed Nebraska to go 4-for-4 on third down.

Worst offensive performance: Auburn talked all week about how everyone on offense was healthy, giving them high expectations. Instead, Nebraska held Auburn to 46 first half yards on 20 plays while compiling 157 yards of its own. The Tigers finished with 178 total yards, the second-lowest total of the year.

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