Hit on Josey
Henry Joseys 65-yard run Missouris longest play of the game ended when was pushed out of bounds by Auburn safety Ryan White. But the play didnt stop there. After Josey had stepped out, White continued to ride him and ended the play with a push that sent Josey into a motorized cart parked at the wall. It appeared Josey suffered a back injury.
White was penalized for a personal foul, and at the very least was an overly aggressive play. Some would say a cheap shot.
It was the final attempt for Josey, who finished with 123 rushing yards, pushing him over the 1,000-yard mark to 1,074 for the season. He brushed questions about the hit and his back.
Its fine, Josey said. Ive been through worse.
Yes, he has. Like a severe knee injury that kept him out of the 2012 season.
Franklin on offense
As badly as Missouris defense performed, quarterback James Franklin said his side of the ball should also shoulder some blame, even though it put up 534 yards and a season-best 42 points against Auburn.
We didnt do enough, Franklin said. We didnt execute a few plays when we really needed to.
Through three quarters, Mizzous offense could hardly have done more. In its first seven possessions, MU scored five touchdowns and Andrew Baggett booted two field goals.
The problem: Eight of Auburns possessions resulted in touchdowns.
Ealy to the NFL?
Missouri junior defensive end Kony Ealy made five tackles, including three for a loss with a sack and two forced fumbles. He was an early contender for player of the game honors and may be down to his final game as a Tiger.
Ealy is eligible to enter the NFL Draft, but he told reporters after the game he wouldnt address the subject until after the season is finished.
Auburns 59-42 win was the highest-scoring SEC championship game, shattering the old record of 73 points from Auburns 56-17 win against South Carolina in 2010. The combined score in 16 of the previous 21 SEC title games was 59 points or fewer.
By halftime, which arrived with Auburn in front 28-27, the combined score was higher than the previous combined total in 15 SEC title games.
Big game for Baggett
Missouri sophomore kicker Andrew Baggett hadnt been used much down the stretch after hitting the left upright on short field goals in consecutive weeks against South Carolina and Tennessee.
But Baggett, a Lees Summit North graduate who had only one field goal in the last three games, came through against Auburn, opening the scoring with a 42-yard field goal and adding a 36-yard field goal in the second quarter.
The Georgia Dome crowd of 75,632 was decidedly blue and orange. Auburn, Ala., is 108 miles from Atlanta. Columbia is 678 miles away. And those whose driving day extended into Saturday negotiated wintery weather along the way. The crowd was 75 to 80 percent Auburn.
Bo knows Tres excellence
After the last of his fourth rushing touchdowns, Tre Mason got a hug on the sideline from a former Auburn great, Bo Jackson.
He was just telling me how much he loves me, and how I ran hard and how hes proud of me, Mason said.
Jackson, the 1985 Heisman Trophy winner and former Royals outfielder, is generally considered one of college footballs greatest running backs. On Saturday, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn paid tribute to Mason, who rushed for 304 yards.
Id say hes one of the better players to wear an Auburn helmet, Malzahn said.