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Monday, January 10, 2011
Tigers make clutch stand

By Chris Low

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The goal-line stand was one thing.

Auburn's Nick Fairley and Mike McNeil combined to stop Oregon's Kenjon Barner short of the goal line on fourth-and-goal from the 1.

But it was freshman Demetruce McNeal who might have saved the Tigers. He tripped up Lavasier Tuinei on the tail end of a 43-yard pass that looked like it was going for a touchdown.

Instead, the Ducks were kept off the scoreboard completely.

There's still a quarter to play, but Auburn's defense has done some of its best work of the season tonight.

Now, it comes down to the fourth quarter, and both teams have owned these final 15 minutes this season.