Auburn rushes to victory over Missouri

December, 8, 2013
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Scott Cunningham/Getty ImagesTre Mason carried Auburn with 304 rushing yards in the SEC Championship Game.
The Auburn Tigers shredded the highly regarded defense of the Missouri Tigers Saturday in the highest-scoring SEC Championship Game in history. The 101 combined points shattered the previous record of 75 set in 1996, when Florida beat Alabama 45-30.

Tre Mason’s record day
Missouri hadn’t allowed a team to rush for more than 184 yards this season. Auburn running back Tre Mason surpassed that by himself with a record-breaking game.

Mason had 304 rushing yards, the second-most ever by an Auburn player behind Curtis Kuykendall, who had 307 against Miami on Nov. 24, 1944. Mason posted the fifth-most rushing yards in a game by an SEC player, the most since Arkansas' Darren McFadden had 321 in 2007 against South Carolina.

Mason gained 182 yards inside the tackles, the most by an SEC player this season. He made it at least five yards past the line of scrimmage without being contacted on 14 of his 34 carries inside the tackles.

The Auburn running back made his mark on the school record book as well, setting single-season school records for rushing touchdowns (22) and all-purpose yards (2,137). The all-purpose yardage record was held by Bo Jackson, who amassed 1,859 yards in 1985.

Mason also set SEC Championship Game records for rushing yards (304), rush attempts (46), all-purpose yards (312) and most touchdowns (four).

Auburn dominates the line of scrimmage
Mason’s performance was indicative of Auburn’s dominance of Missouri at the line of scrimmage. Auburn ran for 545 yards, the most ever by an SEC team against an SEC opponent and the most by an SEC team since Auburn had 565 against Southwestern Louisiana in 1985.

Auburn rushed for the third-most yards in an FBS game this season. Missouri entered the game allowing 119.1 rushing yards per game, second-fewest in the SEC and 14th in the FBS.

Auburn’s 19 runs of at least 10 yards were the second-most in a game this season behind New Mexico’s 20 against Air Force on Nov. 8. Entering Saturday, Missouri had allowed 42 such runs this season and had not given up more than five in a game.

Auburn had 29 carries in which first contact was not made until at least 5 yards past the line of scrimmage, the most by any AQ school in a game this season. Entering Saturday, Missouri had not allowed more than nine such rushes in a game.

Auburn had 29 carries outside the tackles for 309 yards, the most such rushing yards yielded by any SEC defense this season and the second-most by Auburn. For the season, Auburn has more rushing yards outside the tackles (2,893) than 105 FBS teams have total rushing yards.

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