SEC Championship 2013: Live Game Grades and Analysis for Auburn Tigers

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SEC Championship 2013: Live Game Grades and Analysis for Auburn Tigers
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Tre Mason absolutely lit up the Missouri defense.

The No. 3 Auburn Tigers (12-1) shredded the No. 5 Missouri Tigers (11-2) for 677 total offensive yards in the 2013 SEC Championship Game and earned a 59-42 win.

Bleacher Report provided game grades and analysis for Auburn's performance throughout the SEC clash. As always, feel free to add your thoughts in the comments section below.

Auburn Tigers Grades
Positional Unit 1st Half Grade Final Grade
Pass Offense B+ A
Run Offense A A+
Pass Defense C- C+
Run Defense C C-
Special Teams A- A
Coaching A A+

2013 SEC Championship Game vs. Missouri

 

Final Analysis for Auburn Tigers

Pass Offense: Nick Marshall fumbled on a play-action attempt during Auburn’s first possession, but that was the only negative. Marshall completed nine of 11 passes for 132 yards and one touchdown. Sammie Coates tallied a season-high six passes for 94 yard and a score.

Run Offense: Once again, Auburn’s ground game was the driving force of its offense. Tre Mason, Marshall, Ricardo Louis, Corey Grant and Cameron Artis-Payne made the Missouri defense look foolish, slicing and smashing their way to 545 rushing yards and seven scores.

Pass Defense: Dorial Green-Beckham torched Auburn for 144 yards and two touchdowns. But it wasn’t all bad, considering Dee Ford notched a sack, James Whitehead made a red-zone interception and Chris Davis knocked away a fourth-down pass, essentially sealing the game.

Run Defense: Auburn’s defense struggled to contain Henry Josey and Missouri's effective running attack, conceding 232 yards on 34 carries. Josey slashed the Tigers for 123 yards, and James Franklin added 65 and a touchdown.

Special Teams: Cody Parkey nailed a 52-yard field goal, eight extra points, kicked and recovered an onside attempt but narrowly missed a 54-yard attempt to the right. Additionally, Steven Clark downed two punts inside the 10.

Coaching: Gus Malzahn called an excellent game, pounding Missouri on the ground all game long. Defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson turned up the intensity during the second half, using more blitzes and forcing some errant throws.

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Third-string running back Cameron Artis-Payne even added a touchdown for Auburn.

 

First-Half Analysis for Auburn Tigers

Pass Offense: Missouri forced Nick Marshall to fumble on a play-action attempt during Auburn’s first possession, but he connected with Sammie Coates for big plays. Marshall tallied 94 yards and one touchdown and, for better or worse, Coates was the only receiver to catch a pass.

Run Offense: The prolific Auburn running attack was practically unstoppable. Tre Mason and Nick Marshall ripped off eight 10-plus-yard runs combined, and Auburn finished the first half with 282 yards on 38 carries. Missouri, however, turned Marshall’s second fumble into a touchdown.

Pass Defense: Jermaine Whitehead made an important interception in the red zone. But Auburn’s secondary had an enormous breakdown before the half as Dorial Green-Beckham hauled in a 55-yard touchdown with just 18 seconds remaining, cutting the Auburn lead to one point.

Run Defense: Missouri really had no trouble running the ball early on, running for 82 yards in the first quarter. During the second frame, Auburn’s front seven tightened up, allowing just 37 yards.

Special Teams: Cody Parkey hit four extra points, kicked and recovered an onside attempt but narrowly missed a 54-yard attempt to the right. Additionally, Steven Clark downed a punt inside the 10.

Coaching: Gus Malzahn stuck with what the Tigers do best, running the ball to set up the play-action pass. He also called a successful surprise onside kick.

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