Dallas, Tex.--Marquies Gunn wasn't interested in doing anything on New Year's Day except win his last college football game.
For the senior defensive end from Alexander City, it was mission accomplished as he and the Auburn Tigers took a 17-14 victory in the Cotton Bowl vs. the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The smile on Gunn's face as Auburn accepted the bowl championship trophy told the story of how satisfying the finale was for the defensive end.
Gunn wrapped up his college career as part of a senior class that broke the Auburn record for total victories that was 39. "It feels great to win this bowl game," Gunn notes. "To go out with 41 wins as a senior class is really something. It doesn't get any better. I couldn't have asked for more from all of these guys on our team who gave it all we had."
Auburn pulled off the victory mainly due to the play of the defense, which shut down the Nebraska offense in the second half.
"I think this was one of our better games defensively this season, particularly in the second half," Gunn says. "It was like the Florida game when we stepped up and did what we had to do to win the game."
Gunn hopes to play pro football and says he thinks the coaching staff at Auburn has prepared him to take a shot at the next level. "I am going to remember Coach (Terry) Price getting on me in practice every day, but that is okay because he was making me a better player," Gunn says.
The defensive end says in addition to being happy as a senior to go out a winner, he notes that Auburn's 11th victory of the season will get 2007 off to a positive start for his younger teammates. "It is great for building confidence for the next season," he says.