Posted: Saturday, 07 December 2013 4:47PM

Auburn rushing attack leads to SEC Championship over Mizzou

Mizzou had no answer for the Auburn rushing attack in a 59-42 loss in the SEC Title game in Atlanta on Saturday.


“It's an offense, and they have skilled people, and they have a lot of cylinders. I certainly think they've got some momentum with it. They didn't do anything different than we expected; nothing,” Mizzou head coach Gary Pinkel said. “We tried to make some adjustments also. It's assignment type -- you have to have guys in gaps, and if you get frustrated and you get one guy in a gap, and they happen to hit the right player in the right gap, you're in trouble. I think you give them credit, but certainly we made a lot of errors. I think as their tempo kept cranking up, I think we probably didn't handle that very well either.”

Auburn set virtually every statistical rushing and scoring record behind running back Tre Mason and his 302-yard night. The Tigers rushed for 545 yards as a team, and Mason was named the MVP for his efforts.

I expected him to be a great player. But you let a guy go through a gap like that at full speed, then you've got problems on the other end,” Pinkel said. “You're asking your safeties and other people to make plays with him in space, and that's difficult. He had a lot of big plays. Obviously, I'm a little disappointed in that.”

Mason had 195 yards at the half, which was already just six yards away from the SEC Title game record of 201 and 11 more yards than Mizzou had given up to any single team all season long.

Mizzou did have some bright spots in the game led by Springfield native Dorial Green-Beckham’s career night with six catches for 144 yards and two touchdowns.

“He (Green-Beckham) really does a lot of good things,” Pinkel said. “I think we see things that he can do. He's gotten better and better. Just need to see that and make plays. That's what he does, he's a play maker.”

Now Mizzou has to flip the switch and get ready for a bowl game in the first week of January.

“We'll feel better in a couple of days, and there will be a lot out there, and we'll have a great opportunity to finish the season the right way,” Pinkel said.


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