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Auburn’s Tre Mason closing in on SEC Championship Game rushing record

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OK, let’s take some time to collectively catch our breath, because the first half of the SEC Championship Game had quite the back-and-forth, up-and-down pace to it with a little bit of everything dashed in. Between three turnovers, including a defensive touchdown, an onside kick and big plays by both teams, there is not much we have not seen at this point. Auburn holds a 28-27 edge on Missouri at the half in Atlanta.

The first quarter had a good handful of highlights. Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham provided a spectacular touchdown catch to give Missouri a 10-7 lead, leaping and reaching for a ball only he would be able to get his hands on and holding on to the football as he came crashing to the ground with a defender hanging on. Or so it seemed. Video replay showed the touchdown may have actually been incomplete, but the play was not even an extended review before Missouri kicked the extra point. Auburn may have gotten the raw end of the play, but they shrugged it aside and ran right down field on the ensuing possession, 75 yards on five plays ending with a Nick Marshall touchdown. Marshall did make a couple of mistakes in the first half, including a fumble that was scooped up by Missouri’s E.J. Gaines and returned for a touchdown. That gave Missouri a 17-14 lead, but the Auburn Tigers would battle back and take control of the game on the ground. Auburn has already rushed for 283 yards, the most yards allowed on the ground this season by Missouri, 283 yards.

The key player in that rushing production has been Auburn running back Tre Mason. Mason is closing in on the SEC Championship Game rushing record, and he should pick it up early in the second half. After rushing for 194 yards against Missouri’s defense, Mason needs just seven more yards to tie the game’s rushing record, previously set by LSU’s Justin Vincent, who rushed for 201 yards 2003. Mason added two touchdowns from inside the ten-yard line.

Before the end of the half, Missouri cut in to Auburn’s 28-20 lead when James Franklin connected with Green-Backham, who left his defender in the dust and had nobody stopping him on the way to the end zone. This is going to be a wild finish, but will either team prove worthy of a trip to Pasadena?

One of the stories about this game involves whether or not a one-loss SEC champion should be in the BCS Championship Game. As it stands right now, as long as Florida State and Ohio State win their conference championship games later tonight, the SEC will likely be shut out of the title game, bringing an end to the BCS championship streak. Neither team seems to be showing enough to warrant jumping the Seminoles or Buckeyes if the two undefeated teams win their conference championships today.

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18 Responses to “Auburn’s Tre Mason closing in on SEC Championship Game rushing record”
  1. be4bama says: Dec 7, 2013 6:14 PM

    FSU vs OSU would be a beat down just like last year’s BCS NCG.

  2. lbroberts123 says: Dec 7, 2013 6:19 PM

    Well the first touchdown catch by beckham was clearly dropped. If Marshall could hold on to the ball Auburn would have a much larger lead.

  3. dolphins4 says: Dec 7, 2013 6:56 PM

    If I’m an NFL team there is no way I’d draft any of Missouri’s defensive players in the 1st 3 rounds of the draft.They don’t know how to tackle..

  4. dolphins4 says: Dec 7, 2013 7:06 PM

    Missouri’s defense SUCKS!

  5. irishdodger says: Dec 7, 2013 7:23 PM

    Defense wins championships & this game is showing why the SEC won’t win this year’s BCS NC

  6. Deb says: Dec 7, 2013 7:26 PM

    dolphins4, all you see in college ball is lopsided scores. Given how close this score is (45-42), looks as though both defenses could use some work.

    But I’m enjoying the running game.

  7. dolphins4 says: Dec 7, 2013 7:35 PM

    Deb I played football and have been watching it for years and I’ve never seen a worse defense than Missouri’s.

  8. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Dec 7, 2013 7:38 PM

    Dolphins clearly never watched Texas A+M play this year. Auburn will do this to a lot of future opponents, they’re young and Marshall continues to improve.

  9. polegojim says: Dec 7, 2013 7:41 PM

    After watching these horrendous Defense’s…

    Anyone who thinks OSU doesn’t have a chance in a Nat Title game is crazy…

    OSU’s offense is better than Auburn or Missouri…

  10. thefiesty1 says: Dec 7, 2013 7:41 PM

    Missouri is shocked by the intensity of the SEC championship. Not quite the Big 12!

  11. thefiesty1 says: Dec 7, 2013 7:46 PM

    Auburn in the NC game regardless of what tOSU does tonight.

  12. ratsfoiledagain says: Dec 7, 2013 7:46 PM

    thefiesty1 says:
    Dec 7, 2013 7:41 PM
    Missouri is shocked by the intensity of the SEC championship. Not quite the Big 12!
    *******
    A team that was essentially built for the Big 12 is in the SEC title game.

  13. johngaltwho says: Dec 7, 2013 8:03 PM

    No chance Auburn jumps over Ohio State (assuming OS beats MS). Auburn gave up 42 points (at least) and didnt pull away until they injured Mizzou’s star running back with a total BS hit out of bounds that should have seen #19 ejected from the ball game.

  14. ratsfoiledagain says: Dec 7, 2013 8:23 PM

    johngaltwho says:
    Dec 7, 2013 8:03 PM
    No chance Auburn jumps over Ohio State (assuming OS beats MS). Auburn gave up 42 points (at least) and didnt pull away until they injured Mizzou’s star running back with a total BS hit out of bounds that should have seen #19 ejected from the ball game.
    ***********
    Agree…that shove 5 yards out of bounds was BS.

  15. Deb says: Dec 7, 2013 9:00 PM

    @dolphins4 …

    Congratulations. You are now the 534th male on these blogs to tell me he’s both played football and watched it for years … as though that and a penis makes your opinion more valuable than the resident female’s. It doesn’t.

    I’ve seen worse defenses. In fact, there are worse defenses in the FBS this year.

    Neither defense did much in the way of stopping the other. Defense, sigh, is increasingly a lost art.

  16. ajonesmc931 says: Dec 7, 2013 9:36 PM

    Sorry Mizzou.. You’re not there yet ;)

  17. johngaltwho says: Dec 7, 2013 9:38 PM

    Deb says:
    Dec 7, 2013 9:00 PM
    @dolphins4 …

    Congratulations. You are now the 534th male on these blogs to tell me he’s both played football and watched it for years … as though that and a penis makes your opinion more valuable than the resident female’s. It doesn’t.
    ______________________________________________

    Deb;

    A little presumptuous of you to assume Dolphins4 is a male – neither a history of playing football, nor a passion for watching it, is compelling evidence of being a male (or as you so colorfully put it – having a penis). Women can play and watch football and display arrogance on a public blog just as readily as a man. Dont be so sexist. ;>)

  18. Deb says: Dec 7, 2013 9:44 PM

    @johngaltwho …

    True … we girls played for a term in phys ed. But I’m letting years of experience with the guys on PFT and CFT be my guide ;)

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