No. 3 Auburn runs all over No. 5 Missouri to win SEC

Updated: December 7, 2013

Atlanta, GA ( – Though its national championship fate
remains undetermined, the Auburn Tigers sent about as strong a statement
possible in their final opportunity to make an impression on the BCS voters.

Riding a 46-carry, 304-yard, four-touchdown effort from Tre Mason, Auburn
sewed up the SEC title and remained in the hunt for a berth in the BCS
Championship Game with an emphatic 59-42 victory over Missouri at the Georgia

Auburn (12-1) racked up a whopping 536 yards on the ground in all en route to
its third-ever SEC Championship Game victory and first since 2010, when it won
the national title later that season behind Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback
Cam Newton.

Whether the Tigers will have the opportunity to extend the SEC’s current run
of national champions remains to be seen. Auburn entered Saturday’s play third
in the BCS standings behind Florida State and Ohio State, both of whom are
playing in their respective conference title games later in the night.

Nick Marshall added 101 rushing yards and a touchdown for Auburn, which didn’t
win a single game in SEC play a season ago before undergoing the biggest
turnaround in league history under first-year head coach Gus Malzahn.
Marshall added 132 yards and a touchdown through the air while completing a
crisp 9-of-11 passes.

Missouri (11-2) received 301 passing yards and three touchdowns from
quarterback James Franklin, who rushed for a score as well, but its usually
stingy defense met its match in an Auburn spread attack that ran at will all
throughout the afternoon.

Dorial Green-Beckham had 143 yards and two touchdowns on six catches for
Missouri, with Henry Josey rushing for 123 yards on nine totes in the loss.
Franklin completed 21-of-37 attempts and was intercepted once.