Quarterback Peyton Ramsey accounted for four touchdowns as the No. 14 Northwestern Wildcats bested the Auburn Tigers 35-19 in the 2021 Vrbo Citrus Bowl from Orlando on Friday.
Ramsey completed 24 of 35 passes for 291 yards and three touchdowns. He gained 50 yards and another touchdown on the ground en route to earning Vrbo Citrus Bowl MVP honors.
“I thought our guys came down here to play physical, Big Ten football, and I think we put our brand of football on display for the entire country and made a pretty strong statement against a team that was ranked in the Top-10 earlier in the year,” Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald said.
The Wildcats’ offense got off to a fast start with Ramsey throwing touchdowns on two of his team’s first three possessions. Auburn had to settle for a pair of Anders Carlson field goals before halftime, but got the scoring started in the third quarter when quarterback Bo Nix found wide receiver Elijah Canion for a 57-yard touchdown, the game’s longest play from scrimmage.
Canion racked up a game-high 80 receiving yards. Nix went 25-for-42 for 292 yards and that one touchdown for the Tigers.
Canion’s score cut the Wildcats’ lead to 14-13, but Northwestern would score the next 21 points to effectively put the game out of reach. The stretch was highlighted by a six-play drive that saw Northwestern running back Cam Porter carry the ball on every play, gain 50 yards and finish with a direct-snap touchdown run from one yard out. Porter recorded 98 rushing yards on a career-high 33 carries.
“They are a really, really smart football team,” Auburn interim head coach Kevin Steele said of the Wildcats. “They have talent, but they are well, well-coached, and hats off to them.”
With a fourth consecutive bowl victory, Northwestern finished its season at 7-2. Auburn wrapped up with a 6-5 record. Read more