December 30, 2006

Borges talks about the key match-up to the game

DALLAS - Auburn offensive coordinator Al Borges made no bones about it when he talked about the key match-up in Monday's Cotton Bowl.

Borges said if the Tigers want to have any offensive success against Nebraska, the key to the game will be the play of their offensive line against NU's defensive line.

Borges said Auburn hasn't seen a defensive line as big and physical as Nebraska's this season and it will no doubt be a challenge for his offensive line to establish a ground game.

"I think they are the key to the game," Borges said of his offensive line. "They are the key to the game no question. Those guys up front, including the tight end, we have to have our best effort of the season to beat Nebraska up front. That's where it starts and that's where it will stop if we aren't effective."

The play of Nebraska's front seven has been so solid this year that the Huskers have virtually shut down teams like Texas, USC and Oklahoma on the ground and they have forced the quarterback to beat them with their arm.

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