ATLANTA — So much for the defenses in the Southeastern Conference.
Missouri and Auburn engaged in the highest-scoring SEC Championship of all time, piling up more than 1,100 total yards and more than 100 points. Auburn survived the back-and-forth scoring to come away with a 59-42 win over Missouri and take home its fourth SEC Championship, guaranteeing a spot in a BCS Bowl in the process.
Auburn running back Tre Mason led the charge all afternoon, setting an Auburn record for attempts in a game with 46 while rushing for more than 300 yards and four touchdowns. In total, Auburn rushed for more than 500 yards and finished the game with nearly 700 yards of total offense. Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall needed only 11 passing attempts to get Auburn its 59 points.
For a while, Missouri managed to stay in the game, but the offense stalled out late. Missouri didn't score a single point in the fourth quarter, but did have more than 200 rushing yards in the game. Auburn added 14 fourth quarter points to extend the lead to 17 points.
With the loss, Missouri drops to 11-2 and its odds of making a BCS bowl game have decreased dramatically. Both Ohio State and Florida State would have to lose to make that happen.