The Missouri Tigers (11-2, 7-1) fell 59-42 Saturday night to the Auburn Tigers (12-1, 7-1) in the SEC Championship Game. The match-up was a close one until Auburn scored two unanswered touchdowns in the fourth quarter to pull away.
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JAMES FRANKLIN: The senior quarterback had one of his best game of the season. He connected on 21 of his 37 passes for 303 yards, and an 8.2 average per attempt. He threw for three touchdowns and turned it over just once with an interception. For good measure, Franklin ran the pigskin 15 times for 62 yards, and added a score on the ground as well.
James Franklin has suffered his fair share of injuries over the past two seasons but he is healthy now, and he gave it it all he had on Saturday. He played well and Missouri fans should be proud of Franklin.
HENRY JOSEY: Ditto. Henry Josey also has had his fair share of injuries, and like Franklin, he performed well on the biggest stage. Josey accumulated 123 yards rushing on just 9 carries, for a sparkling 13.7 average. Josey’s toughness has been an inspiration to his teammates his season, and it was nice to see him play so well in this game.
DORIAL GREEN-BECKHAM: The sophomore wide receiver had himself quite the game against Auburn. Dorial Green-Beckham snagged 6 balls for 144 yards, good for 24 yards per catch. He also scored two touchdowns in the contest, including a big 55-yarder in the waning seconds of the first half. That touchdown brought Missouri back within one going into the intermission.
OFFENSE: The offense held up their end by churning out 534 yards of total offense. When the offense puts up 42 on the scoreboard in a game of this magnitude, it is usually enough to win.
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: Just the fact that Missouri was in this game was a huge accomplishment. Last season, their first in the SEC, Missouri looked to be in over their heads, going 5-7 overall, but winning just 2 in conference. Injuries did play a big role last year.
In 2013, Missouri proved to everyone they can play in the rugged SEC, winning their 7 conference games by an average of 19.6 points a game. Their lone loss in the regular season was by 3 points in overtime. Missouri won the SEC East and played right with Auburn for three quarters. There is little doubt now that Missouri belongs in the SEC, and can thrive there.