SEC Championship game — 3 things from first half

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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Burma Shave

December 8th, 2013
8:50 am

The dawgs died again
But it’s easy to see
Richt is the cause
A new coach is the key

BURMA SHAVE

cmac

December 7th, 2013
10:42 pm

as painful as it is to think & type …. Go Buckeyes!

otis

December 7th, 2013
10:00 pm

Sad to see the Athens school people hating, understand though, Auburn is good. You ga girls need to understand that the numbers at the end of the game, on the scoreboard, mean something. win lose There is a difference. Also, athens tech people, CLASS. Try the google thing. Axed your neighbor goobers, ha ha ha ha

West coaster

December 7th, 2013
9:18 pm

As an SEC friend of mine is so fond of telling me: “you guys don’t know how to play defense, we do down here”! Uhhhh, really? What do you call that? But seriously ya’ll, wasn’t that a fun game to watch!?

kyle

December 7th, 2013
8:37 pm

This is not SEC football. Where is the Defense????

I dropped my fried twinkie

December 7th, 2013
8:00 pm

Gary D is sucking up to Auburn like his wife is the head coach & his son is the QB or something.

senecadawg

December 7th, 2013
7:22 pm

Can CBS be any more biased on who they want to win. Had to turn down volume so I can at least enjoy the game