Tre Mason and Nick Marshall led the Auburn Tigers to a SEC title on Saturday as they won an evenly-matched game against the Missouri Tigers.
Missouri made the first strike in the game. A fumble by Marshall gave Missouri field position at the Auburn 43 yard line after it was recovered by Kony Ealy.The Missouri offense was able to drive down to the 24 yard line before facing 4th and 7. Kicker Andrew Baggett took the field and kicked a 42-yard field goal.
The first touchdown of the game went to Auburn. In 7 plays, they covered the necessary 75 yards. The second play of the drive saw Tre Mason break through the defense for a gain of 19 yards. The scoring play saw Nick Marshall connect with Sammie Coates in what appeared to be a broken play. Coates nabbed the ball in the endzone for a 38-yard touchdown. Cody Parkey added the extra point.
Missouri answered the touchdown with their own 7-play drive across 75 yards. The offense moved steadily towards the endzone until the very last play. For the score, QB James Franklin connected with Dorial Green-Beckham for 28 yards and the score. Andrew Baggett's kick set the score to 10-7
Auburn retook the lead with their second touchdown of the night. The first play of their drive gained 54 yards after Sammie Coates took a Marshall pass 54 yards to the Missouri 21. Four plays later, Marshall rushed for 9 yards and got the score.
An on-side kick after the TD gave Auburn the chance to boost their lead after they recovered the ball at their own 42 yard line. The effort led to an attempt at a 54-yard field goal by Cody Parkey, but the kick went right of the goal posts. Missouri took the ball and made it down to the Auburn 20-yard line with a drive that included a 24-yard rush by Henry Josey. The first play of the second quarter saw Auburn's Jermaine Whitehead intercept a James Franklin pass at the Auburn 9-yard line. The Auburn offense was able to move the ball to the 14-yard line before Missouri's Kony Ealy forced another fumble from the arms of Nick Marshall at the 11-yard line. E.J. Gaines picked up the ball and quickly ran it into the endzone for a Missouri score. Baggett's extra point set the game at 17-14 in Missouri's favor.
Auburn's following drive was a steady and relentless march to the endzone on the back of Tre Mason. The 8-play drive featured Mason in 5 plays, including the score on a 7-yard rush. Parkey's extra point was good.
Missouri came out strong on their next drive and moved quickly towards the endzone. The third play of the drive gained 24 yards after Franklin landed a pass to Marcus Murphy. Eventually, the Missouri offense was stalled by the Auburn defense and forced to settle for a 36-yard field goal by Baggett.
Auburn managed to get ahead by more than a touchdown by the efforts of Tre Mason. With 79 yards to cover, Mason rushed four times and made the touchdown. On the first rush, Mason gained 52 yards. He then followed with rushes for 7 yards and then 17 yards. Mason entered the endzone on a 3-yard rush. Parkey's kick brought the score to 28-20.
Missouri managed to mostly close up Auburn's lead right before halftime. The Missouri drive started with 1:10 remaining in the half and moved at a brisk pace towards the endzone. The last play of the drive saw James Franklin connect with Dorial Green-Beckham for 55-yards and the score. The extra point set the score at 28-27.
The score continued to remain close after halftime. It was almost halfway through the third quarter when Auburn added another field goal to their score. Auburn was able to get the ball at the Missouri 49 yard line, but only gained 13 yards in the drive. Cody Parkey took the field and successfully kicked a 52-yard field goal.
Missouri got the chance to move back in the lead on their next drive. The 7-play drive covered 75 yards and relied heavily on their passing game. The second play of the game gained 37 yards with a pass reception by Dorial Green-Beckham. Two plays later, Bud Sasser grabbed a pass for 21 yards. The score was made by Marcus Murphy on a 10-yard pass. Baggett's extra point set the score at 34-31 with Missouri retaking the lead.
The Missouri lead didn't last for long. Auburn came back with a 6-play drive over 75 yards for another touchdown. Nick Marshall made the big gain in the drive by rushing 42 yards and being stopped at the Missouri 2. Corey Grant covered the last 2 yards on the following play to move Auburn back into the lead.
Auburn made the lead a little more solid with another touchdown on their next possession. A 5-play drive covered 54 yards and quickly gained them another TD. After getting to the Missouri 36, Cameron Artis-Payne made a rush for 21 yards and followed it up with a 15-yard rush for the score. Parkey added the extra point.
The Missouri team didn't want to fall behind and were able to get back into the endzone in two plays. The first play had Henry Josey rush for 65 yards. A personal foul moved the offense to the Auburn 5-yard line. James Franklin made the final 5 yards on the next play. Franklin also rushed for the two-point conversion and was successful.
Going into the 4th quarter, Auburn widened their lead with another Tre Mason touchdown. The 8-play drive covered 75 yards with Trovon Reed gaining 23 yards off a Marshall pass. Mason's score was a single yard gain and left a little over 11 minutes in the game.
The game started getting tight for Missouri around the 6 minute mark. Missouri's offense was forced to try to attempt a 4th down conversion for one yard at their own 13-yard line. Auburn's Chris Davis was able to disrupt a pass intended to Dorial Green-Beckham and Auburn took over. The next play saw Tre Mason make another touchdown by rushing 13 yards through the Missouri defense. Parkey's extra point set the score at 59-42.
Missouri refused to give up, despite the 17 point deficit.. A series of long passes kept the ball moving down the field for the Missouri offense. A long pass from Franklin to Marcus Lucas gained 43 yards and a rush by Franklin gained another 11. After getting down to the 7-yard line, Missouri failed to convert on 4th down and Auburn's offense was able to run out the game. The Auburn Tigers are the SEC Champions.
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