published Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Auburn beats Missouri, 59-42, wins SEC Championship

Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall (14) runs against Missouri during their Southeastern Conference NCAA championship game, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Atlanta.
Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall (14) runs against Missouri during their Southeastern Conference NCAA championship game, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Atlanta.
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ATLANTA — Tre Mason rushed for 304 yards and four touchdowns, leading No. 3 Auburn to a wild 59-42 victory over No. 5 Missouri in the Southeastern Conference championship game Saturday.

Auburn (12-1) kept alive its hopes of playing for the BCS title, though the Tigers will likely need either top-ranked Florida State or No. 2 Ohio State to lose in their respective conference championship games, which began about the time Auburn was wrapping up the offensive shootout at the Georgia Dome.)

Auburn set an SEC championship game record with 677 yards, including 545 on the ground. Mason had scoring runs of 7, 3 and 1 yards before bursting up middle on 13-yard TD to seal the victory with 4:22 remaining.

After both defenses got lit up like a video game, Auburn finally stopped Missouri (11-2) on fourth-and-1 deep in its own territory to set up Mason's last TD.

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