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Tre Mason rips Missouri, SEC record, to lead Auburn to SEC championship

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No. 3 Auburn (12-1, 8-1 SEC) running back Tre Mason was unstoppable. You know the expression “You can’t stop him, you can only hope to contain him?” That wasn’t even the case for No. 5 Missouri (11-2, 7-2 SEC) Saturday night in Atlanta. Mason earned game MVP honors in leading Auburn to a 59-42 victory by rushing for 303 yards and four touchdowns to lead Auburn to the SEC Championship.

In the most offensive SEC Championship Game in the history of the game, Auburn and Missouri traded scores for most fo the night but Auburn put the clamps down in the fourth quarter, outscoring the sEC East champs 14-0 to pull away for the conference title. Mason accounted for both touchdowns. Not to be forgotten, but Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall also rushed for 100 yards in the game, going for 101 yards and a touchdown while also completing nine of his 11 pass attempts for 132 yards and another touchdown. Missouri quarterback James Franklin ended with a 303 passing yards and three touchdowns and Dorial Green-Beckham led the receivers with 144 yards and a pair of touchdown catches.

Missouri simply could not stop Mason and the Auburn running game, which has been the clear strength of Auburn this season. Why bother throwing when you can pound it out on the ground with ease?

It’s not as if Auburn has done this against teams incapable of stopping the run. The last two weeks Auburn has thrived on the ground in a big way against the top two rushing defenses in the SEC, against Alabama last week and against Missouri in the SEC Championship Game. Missouri did plenty on offense as well, but was unable to come up with some plays in the fourth quarter to keep pace with Auburn. This is just the way Auburn likes it. Auburn went up-tempo as often as possible and it gassed Missouri over time. Not many teams in the country are able to slow this offense down, but now we wait to see who will have the unenviable task of attempting to try.

Auburn will also wait to see what happens in the ACC and Big Ten championship games this evening. If Florida State or Ohio State are upset in their respective conference championship games, a spot in the BCS Championship Game will be opened up for the SEC’s champion. It is not likely Auburn will be able to pass an undefeated Florida State or Ohio State in the final BCS standings if the Seminoles and Buckeyes each win tonight.

Missouri will still be eligible for a BCS at-large spot, although it is more likely they will be playing in the Capital One Bowl against a Big Ten opponent (Nebraska?) Bowl at this point. Alabama is also eligible for an at-large bid, and the Crimson Tide could likely be the first at-large team selected by a bowl game, perhaps the Orange Bowl. If Auburn does advance to the BCS Championship Game, it is still probable Alabama would be selected by the Sugar Bowl to maintain the SEC tie-in.

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20 Responses to “Tre Mason rips Missouri, SEC record, to lead Auburn to SEC championship”
  1. palecollegedude says: Dec 7, 2013 8:18 PM

    The SEC isn’t as strong as years past, a Big 12 team (who’s hardly done much in the B12) in the 2nd year of their move to the SEC nearly won conference. Kudos for Auburn, hopefully they make it to the NCG. As for Missouri, they really miss Sheldon Richardson.

  2. bender4700 says: Dec 7, 2013 8:27 PM

    A lot of SEC myths are fading away.

    Mizzo walks in nearly wins the title. A&M success both years, even being the lone team to beat Alabama last year.

    The SEC isn’t the defensive juggernaut people claim either. (How much did fans rip the Big XII and their lack of defense in years past?)

    And that’s good! The SEC is the best conference, but it’s good to have everyone (ESPN) come back to earth. Makes college football more fun for the whole country. As it should be. After all, it’s NATIONAL champion.

  3. ukeone says: Dec 7, 2013 8:31 PM

    Congratulations to the Auburn Tigers on their well-deserved SEC Championship victory. They showed the Crimson Tide who’s boss in the State of Alabama, and now they’re boss in the SEC!!! They’ve worked hard for it & DEFINITELY deserve it!!! Now, go all the way!!!

    Missouri also deserves a lot of praise for their tremendous effort as well. Having been in the SEC for only their 2nd year, they already made it to the title game & played their hearts out.

    WOO-HOO to the CHAMPS…GO TIGERS!!!

  4. thefiesty1 says: Dec 7, 2013 8:34 PM

    Congrats Coach Malzaun! You’ve earned a trip to Pasadena. Just think what Mizz could have done in the Big 12. Baylor says thank you for jumping to the SEC.

  5. irishdodger says: Dec 7, 2013 9:01 PM

    A lot of gamblers cleaned up if they took the OVER in this game. Wow, zero defense.

  6. realfootballfan says: Dec 7, 2013 9:02 PM

    Missouri’s defense was a big disappointment in this game.
    Great game from Auburn. They looked great today.

  7. Deb says: Dec 7, 2013 9:09 PM

    Congrats to Auburn on a well-deserved win! And shout-out to my alma mater Missouri for a great season.

    Those trying to suggest the success of A&M and Missouri means the SEC isn’t as strong as it seemed are demonstrating their ignorance. What’s made the SEC successful is the constant shifting of strength among the members. LSU, Florida, Alabama, Auburn–it’s never been about one team. Now, just as some of our traditional powerhouses have floundered, we’ve added two teams that are peaking. That’s what smart conferences do.

    Right now Michigan State is leading Ohio State. Let’s hope Auburn makes it to the title game and keeps the SEC streak going!!!

  8. dolphins4 says: Dec 7, 2013 9:10 PM

    I’ve seen better high school defenses than Missouri’s.

  9. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Dec 7, 2013 9:14 PM

    The SEC’s defense as a whole has struggled all year for many reasons. Multiple teams had 5 or more new defensive starters, senior QBs that coaches put more trust in, and teams like Mizzou and A+M brought in spread offenses that weren’t real popular in the conference. I’m going out on a limb and saying next year defenses will improve. It’s not really relevant to compare teams to years past, every year is different

  10. dolphins4 says: Dec 7, 2013 9:15 PM

    Ohio State is choking .They aren’t ready to play this game tonight.

  11. mrsmell says: Dec 7, 2013 9:32 PM

    I knew Auburns defense was bad, but darn, Mizzou got ripped to shreds today. Reminds of last year’s SEC champ game, score after score, then who ever ran it the best won.

  12. thefiesty1 says: Dec 7, 2013 9:34 PM

    Welcome to the real SEC Mizzouri. The BIG 12 wasn’t so bad affecter all.

  13. liverpoolred04 says: Dec 7, 2013 9:42 PM

    Who cares about defense, all the SEC haters need to get over themselves, the SEC is the best conference no matter how many points are scored dumb@sses

  14. sportsguy3434 says: Dec 7, 2013 10:09 PM

    You guys trying to use Mizzu and TAMU as examples:

    TAMU got a new coach and a heisman winning qb for their transition and they have still been middle of the pack for the SEC west the last two years. How would they have done in the big 12 last year? Ask the Big 12 champion Sooners who were destroyed by them last year.

    Mizzu- Last year they were in the basement and this year they have a great qb and receivers. Their division is in the east which has recently been weaker than the west. They won a terribly weak east this year.

    You guys need to look a little deeper. Baylor will probably get a SEC team this year too. Maybe Mizzu…which would be ironic.

  15. normtide says: Dec 7, 2013 10:15 PM

    MIZZ can’t get into the BCS this year. A league can only put 2 teams in max. AU gets in by winning the SEC CCG, Bama is locked in by being in the top four. MIZZ probably won’t jump Bama after a loss. Most likely, they will be in the Capital One Bowl against the loser of the B1G CCG.

    That said, big congrats to them. No shame in 11 wins + bowl.

  16. polegojim says: Dec 7, 2013 10:25 PM

    Very happy for Auburn and amazing turn around by both.

    Toughest part of Nat Champ discussion… OSU will have already faced the best D we’ve seen this weekend… before getting to a Nat Champ game.

  17. kcrobert10 says: Dec 7, 2013 10:25 PM

    Congrats to auburn man they can run all day. As for the sec haters go away please. I’ve seen more entertaining games in the sec than those others. I don’t know where Missouri will end up in a bowl but I wouldn’t want to be that team. Also we will be returning many good players next yr so we may very well get another shot at this game again.

  18. omniscient48 says: Dec 7, 2013 11:03 PM

    Auburn just kept getting better as the year went on. Both Alabama and Missouri had great run defenses — until they played Auburn. Remember, Auburn put up 300 yards rushing on Alabama last week. That Henry Josey was outstanding, but Missouri’s QB looked terrible, even though he threw for 300 yards today. They should have put in that back-up that did so well during the season. Missouri’s defense also looked terrible — they were slow (or appeared slow compared to Auburn) and missed MANY tackles. Their defensive scheme was ridiculous — they had either a 3 or 4-man line when they KNEW Auburn was going to run the ball. Auburn would either run right up the middle where nobody touched them or ran around the edge where nobody touched them. While both teams had fantastic years, Auburn ended on the highest note, while Missouri has to be embarrassed.

  19. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 7, 2013 11:57 PM

    And off to the National championship the Tigers go…

    Congrats…

    SEC can’t be denied a shot….

  20. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 8, 2013 12:08 AM

    And Mason won’t win Heisman, but he should be #2….

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