ATLANTA -- Behind a monster running game headed by Tre Mason and Nick Marshall, No. 3 Auburn (12-1, 7-1 SEC) claimed the SEC title with a back-and-forth 59-42 win over No. 5 Missouri (11-2, 7-1) in what was the highest-scoring SEC championship.
The teams combined for 1,211 yards of offense. Auburn rushed for a season-high 545 yards. Mason, who vaulted his name into the Heisman Trophy discussion, rushed for a career-high 304 yards and four touchdowns on a career-high 46 carries. Mason's yards and carries were records for the SEC championship game.
With the win, Auburn has clinched a spot in a BCS bowl and is still in contention for a spot in the VIZIO BCS National Championship Game.
Game ball goes to: Mason broke LSU running back Justin Vincent's SEC title-game record of 201 yards set in 2003. Mason finished the day averaging 6.6 yards per rush.
Stat of the game: Auburn averaged 8 yards per play on a Missouri defense that entered the game allowing 5.1 yards per play and 385 yards per game. Auburn also ran for 545 yards on a defense that was allowing only 119 rushing yards per game.
What it means for Auburn: The Tigers won the SEC for the first time since 2010 and will now await their BCS bowl fate. A loss by either Florida State or Ohio State would send the Tigers, who won just three games a year ago, to the VIZIO BCS National Championship Game.
What it means for Missouri: A special season ends with a No. 2 finish in the SEC. Not bad for a team that won five games in its debut season in the SEC last year. These Tigers are likely out of the mix for a BCS bowl, but with 11 wins, they could be headed to the AT&T Cotton Bowl or Capital One Bowl.