ATLANTA — Tre Mason rushed for 304 yards and four touchdowns, leading No. 3 Auburn to a wild 59-42 victory over No. 5 Missouri in a Southeastern Conference title showdown Saturday that looked more like a video game.
Auburn (12-1) kept alive its hopes of playing for the national championship, though the Tigers needed either top-ranked Florida State or No. 2 Ohio State to lose in their respective conference title games.
“We deserve it,” receiver Sammie Coates said. “We won the SEC championship. What else do you want us to do?”
If Auburn misses out on the BCS title game, it will head to the Sugar Bowl as the SEC champion. Missouri (11-2) should be in the mix for a New Year’s Day bowl, with the Capital One, Cotton and Outback games among the possible destinations.
Auburn set an SEC championship game record with 677 yards, including 545 on the ground. Mason had scoring runs of 7, 3 and 1 yards before bursting up the middle on a 13-yard TD that clinched the victory with 4:22 remaining. He carried the ball a staggering 46 times, an easy choice as the game’s MVP. He even struck a Heisman pose, his longshot candidacy getting a huge boost.
“You’re looking at one of the top running backs in college football,” coach Gus Malzahn said. “He was a warrior today. Unbelievable.”
At No. 9 Baylor 30, No. 23 Texas 10
Bryce Petty threw touchdown passes on the first two drives of the second half for Baylor and the Bears won their first Big 12 title and a Fiesta Bowl berth.
The final game in Baylor’s old stadium became a de facto Big 12 championship game after No. 6 Oklahoma State lost to Oklahoma just before they kicked off in Waco.
Baylor (11-1, 8-1 Big 12) had never even had a winning record in the Big 12 before coach Art Briles arrived six years ago. Now the Bears have their first 11-win season and their first outright title in any league since the 1980 Southwest Conference title.
Petty threw for 287 yards, with TDs to Antwan Goodley and Levi Norwood after a 3-3 halftime tie.
Malcolm Brown ran for 131 yards for Texas (8-4, 7-2).
No. 18 Oklahoma 33, at No. 6 Okla. St. 24
Blake Bell threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Saunders with 19 seconds left to help Oklahoma spoil rival Oklahoma State’s Big 12 championship and BCS bowl game hopes.
Bell, playing in place of an injured Trevor Knight, led the Sooners (10-2, 7-2 Big 12) on the winning 66-yard drive — going 5 of 8 for 57 yards.
Eric Striker ended the game by recovering a fumble for a touchdown for Oklahoma.
Desmond Roland led Oklahoma State (10-2, 7-2) with 144 yards rushing and accounted for three touchdowns.
No. 15 C. Florida 17, at SMU 13
Blake Bortles threw for 242 yards and ran for two touchdowns and UCF (11-1) celebrated a BCS bid already in hand by rallying to beat Southern Methodist (5-7) in front of just a few hundred fans who braved an ice storm and temperatures in the mid-20s in Dallas.