One of the most improbable SEC Championship games is off to an incredible start, with Auburn leading 28-27 at halftime.
Here’s what we learned in the first half and what to look out for in the second.
1. Tigers run out of their stripes: Missouri hadn’t given up 200 yards rushing in a game this season, but Auburn’s Tre Mason almost broke that by himself, with 195 first-half yards. Auburn rushed for 282 in the first half as Missouri struggled to contain both Mason and QB Nick Marshall.
2. Marshall can’t shoulder the load: Watch to see if Marshall’s right shoulder injury limits his throws in the second half. He limited his down-field throws after being checked on the sideline, with coaches calling more receiver screens. They were ineffective.
3. Good hands people: Missouri QB James Franklin must keep tall WRs Doral Green-Beckham, L’Damian Washington and Marcus Lucas involved in the offense to counter Auburn’s run game. They present tough matchup problems for Auburn’s defensive backs. Green-Beckham had four catches for 103 yards and two TDs in the first half.
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