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Grading the Tigers

Daily Sports Writer Bradley Handwerger grades Auburnís performance in its 17-14 win over Nebraska on Monday, giving the Tigers a letter grade from A+ to F in four categories. OFFENSE: C

Normally, 178 total yards wonít win a game. Running back Kenny Irons never got going. Quarterback Brandon Cox again ran for his life. Only receiver Courtney Taylor stood out. He gets an individual A. DEFENSE: B+

Auburn allowed 120 first-half yards, then woke up, allowing 110 the rest of the game. The unit buckled its chinstrap when it had to and won the game for the Tigers. SPECIAL TEAMS: A

John Vaughn kicked the game-winning field goal into the wind. Tristan Davis had a brilliant 43-yard kickoff return. And Tre Smith didnít make any mistakes on punt returns. OVERALL:A

The game looked ugly from an offensive standpoint, and borderline great on the defensive side. For Auburn, getting to 11 wins is all that matters. This will give Auburn a good boost for the off-season.

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