January 1, 2010

Notebook: AU forces six turnovers

Giving up 625 yards and 35 points is certainly not what Auburn's defense had in mind when it came to stopping Northwestern's fast-paced passing offense.

But the Tigers' defense managed to come up with enough big plays in key situations to help earn a win in Friday's Outback Bowl.

Five interceptions including two in its endzone and one returned 100 yards for a touchdown by Walt McFadden were big momentum changers.

"That was the wildest football game, not only that I've ever been a part of, but that I'd ever seen," AU defensive coordinator Ted Roof said. "There were so many ebbs and flows to the game, so many momentum swings."

McFadden stopped Northwestern's first drive with an interception at NU's 31-yard line to set up AU's first touchdown. The senior then ended the Wildcats second drive with an interception in the endzone that he returned 100 yards down the sidelines for a touchdown and a 14-0 AU lead.

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