TAMPA, FL (AP) - Wes Byrum kicked a 21-yard field goal in overtime and Auburn stopped Northwestern's final trick play of the game to hold on Friday for a 38-35 victory in the Outback Bowl.
The Tigers intercepted Mike Kafka five times - twice in the end zone - and shut down a fake field-goal play to end Northwestern's gallant bid to end a 61-year stretch of postseason futility.
Kafka threw for a career-best 532 yards four touchdowns. He rallied Northwestern from a 14-point deficit in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter, and the Wildcats wasted a chance to win it in regulation.
Auburn (8-5) finished its first season under Gene Chizik with the second-most wins by a first-year coach in school history. Only Terry Bowden, who went 11-0 in 1993, produced more wins in his initial season on the job.
Northwestern (8-5) fell to 1-7 all-time in postseason games.