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Mason’s 304 yards secures Auburn’s SEC championship

Auburn Tigers running back Tre Mason (21) runs against Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Shane Ray (56) and linebacker Darvin Ruise (12) during the third quarter of the 2013 SEC Championship game at Georgia Dome. (USA TODAY Sports: John David Mercer)

Auburn Tigers running back Tre Mason (21) runs against Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Shane Ray (56) and linebacker Darvin Ruise (12) during the third quarter of the 2013 SEC Championship game at Georgia Dome. (USA TODAY Sports: John David Mercer)

ATLANTA — Records fell in the 2013 SEC Championship game as well as Missouri losing to Auburn 59-42 in the Georgia Dome on Saturday.

The some of the records broken were for most combined points in a half, most points by a team, most rushing yards, most carries, most points by a player and longest field goal.

The two teams combined for 55 points, with Auburn (12-1) leading 28-27, in the first half crushing the previous mark of 42 set in 2010 by Auburn and South Carolina. In that game, Auburn led 28-14 as they cruised to a 56-17 win scoring the most points in a game by a team.

Auburn’s Tre Mason broke LSU’s Justin Vincent’s 2003 rushing record, Tennessee’s Jamal Lewis’ 1997 record of most carries, most points with 24 points on four touchdowns-also a record-while teammate Cody Parkey set the record for the longest field goal splitting the goal post from 52-yards out.

Vincent had the record with record of 201 yards but Mason almost had that many in the first half alone rushing for 195 yards with the longest going for 52 yards. He set the new record with 304 yards. He also set the new record for carries with 46 breaking the previous mark of 31 getting 23 touches in the first half.

Defense was almost nonexistent for either Tigers team in the first half as both teams combined for 680 yards of total with Auburn gaining 376 to Mizzou’s (11-2) 304.

The defense’s improved a little in the second half as they combined for 531 yards. Auburn out gained Missouri with 301 yards while Mizzou had 230 yards.

Auburn set a new record for with 677 yards of total offense with Missouri getting 534 for a combined total of 1,211. The two teams also combined for most first downs with 52 with Auburn getting 30.

There where three punts in the first half with Mizzou getting two. Auburn caused themselves to force the punt after getting called for a holding penalty deep in their backfield making it third and 21.

Both teams did however do a good job stopping themselves as they had five turnovers in the first half. Auburn fumbled the ball six times losing it four times. Mizzou cost themselves some points on the board as quarterback James Franklin threw an interception on Auburn’s 9-yard line.

It was a back and forth battle to maintain the lead as it changed hands six times in the game.

Mizzou took the early 3-0 lead on a 42-yard field goal by Andrew Baggett following fumble by quarterback Auburn’s Nick Marshall.

Marshall redeemed himself with a 38-yard touchdown to Sammie Coates to put Auburn up 7-3.

But Mizzou quickly responded with quarterback James Franklin competing five passes in a row ending with a 28-yard pass to Dorial Green-Beckham giving Mizzou a 10-7 lead.

It didn’t take long for Auburn to retake the lead as Marshall competed a 54-yard pass to Coates before keeping the ball for a nine-yard run giving Auburn the 14-10 lead with 4;09 left in the first period.

Marshall again put the ball on the ground but E.J. Grimes picked it up and ran it 11 yards for a touchdown giving Mizzou a 17-14 lead two minutes into the second frame.

Mason gave Auburn a four-point, 21-17, lead before Baggett closed the gap with a 36-yard field goal. Following a 3-yard run by Mason, Franklin found Green-Beckham open for a 55-yard touchdown pass wit 18 seconds left in the half making it a one-point game.

After Parkey got the Auburn faithful fired up with his record-setting field goal in the third quarter, Mizzou marched 75-yards down the field in seven plays ending with a 10-yard touchdown from Franklin to Marcus Murphy giving Mizzou the 34-31 lead.

But Auburn again moved the ball with ease scoring twice in the final 3:21 to make it 45-34. Their first score came on a 2-yard runby Corey Grant with Cameron Artis-Payne scoring with 31 seconds left in the third.

However, a 65-yard run by Mizzou’s Henry Josey set up a 5-yard Franklin with nine seconds left. After a two-point conversion, Mizzou made it a three point, 45-42, game.

Mason, scoring his third and fourth touchdown taking one in from 1-yard out with 11:09 left to play and the other from 13 yards out with 4:22 left to play.