Jan. 1 bowl game likely for Missouri
Photos by Tim Nwachukwu
Story by The Associated Press
Quarterback James Franklin (1) keeps an eye on Auburn defender Chris Davis (11) during a first half rush.
SEC Championship game on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
ATLANTA — Missouri proved it’s SEC worthy in only its second year in the league, but the Tigers just weren’t ready for Auburn’s up-tempo running game, and that was a devastating realization with the Southeastern Conference championship on the line.
Henry Josey runs off the field after suffering an injury to his back when he was tackled and pushed into a cart on the sidelines. He returned later in the game.
James Franklin passed for 303 yards and three touchdowns and No. 5 Missouri kept pace with No. 3 Auburn through three quarters before falling 59-42 in a wild SEC title game on Saturday.
The quarterback also ran for a touchdown but Missouri couldn’t match the relentless Auburn offense led by Tre Mason’s 304 yards rushing and four touchdowns.
Coach Gary Pinkel said Missouri struggled to contain quarterback Nick Marshall’s option reads and leadership in Auburn’s fast-paced, no-huddle attack.
“I think what happens is they try to really get going fast, get the fastball rolling, and your defense gets a little frustrated because you’re giving up 10 yards, nine yards,” Pinkel said. “And then guess what? You start making mistakes. You don’t get the gaps. You don’t get to do things you need to do. That’s just not a very good situation to be in.”
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