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Clemson v. Auburn quarter by quarter

First quarter

Auburn 3, Clemson 0

Key Moment: Facing a third-and-six from the Clemson 48-yard line, Auburn quarterback Brandon Cox connected with Rodgeriqus Smith for a 28-yard gain as Clemson’s Crezdon Butler fell as he tried to defend the pass. The play eventually led to a 36-yard field from Wes Byrum to put Auburn ahead 3-0 with 8:54 remaining in the quarter.

The Man: Auburn quarterback Brandon Cox got his team out a good start in the opening quarter as he completed seven of his nine passes for 79 yards in leading his team to an early 3-0 lead. He also led the Tigers to five first downs in the quarter, as the Auburn offense was able to generate some consistency as Clemson struggled.

Time of possession: Clemson 8:00, Auburn 7:00

Second quarter

Clemson 7, Auburn 3

Key Moment: With his team trailing Auburn 3-0, Clemson running back C.J. Spiller shed a tackle by Auburn’s Quentin Groves and raced 82 yards for a touchdown with 13:14 remaining on the clock. It set a Chick-fil-A Bowl record for the longest play from scrimmage, and gave Clemson a 7-3 lead which it eventually took into halftime.

The Man: C.J. Spiller was the star of the second quarter with his electrifying run down the left sideline to put his Tigers ahead 7-3. On top of setting Chick-fil-A Bowl records, he also made Clemson history in the process. His score was the longest in Clemson bowl history. The Tigers’ previous longest play from scrimmage in bowl play came Harvey White connected with Gary Barnes for a 68-yard score in the 1959 Blue Bonnet Bowl, and it was the Tigers’ longest play from scrimmage since DeChane Cameron had a 62-yard run in the 1991 Citrus Bowl.

Time of Possession: Auburn 8:51, Clemson 6:09

Third quarter

Auburn 10, Clemson 7

Key Moment: Auburn came out of the halftime break on fire, and quarterback Brandon Cox connected with Mario Fannin for a 22-yard touchdown to cap a 78-yard scoring drive. The score at the 11:33 mark pushed Auburn ahead of Clemson 10-7, a lead it held throughout the rest of the quarter.

The Man: After shanking a punt during the first half, Clemson punter Jimmy Maners rebounded in the third quarter with a 59-yard punt that was able to flip the field position and get the Tigers back into gear. After his punt rolled out of bounds at the four-yard line, Clemson’s defense held Auburn to a three and out on its next possession. With good field position after the Auburn punt, Clemson eventually drove for a score early in the fourth quarter.

Time of Possession: Auburn 7:49, Clemson 7:11

Fourth quarter/Overtime

Auburn 23, Clemson 20

Key Moment: Auburn second-team quarterback Kodi Burns took off running from the seven yard line in overtime, and made his way into the endzone to secure his team’s victory over Clemson. His touchdown gallop completed the first overtime game in Chick-fil-A Bowl history, and was Auburn’s second Chick-fil-A Bowl win over Clemson in the last nine years.

The Man: Kodi Burns was used to spell starting quarterback Brandon Cox all night, including in key situations such as his game winning touchdown. Despite Clemson expecting him to run every time the ball was snapped to him, Burns finished the night with 69 yards on 13 carries, including the game winning score.

Time of Possession: Auburn 8:01, Clemson 6:59