Published on NewsOK Modified: December 7, 2013 at 7:37 pm •  Published: December 7, 2013
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STARS

—Tre Mason, Auburn, rushed for 304 yards and four TDs in leading No. 3 Auburn to a wild 59-42 victory over No. 5 Missouri in the Southeastern Conference championship game.

—Casey Cochran, Connecticut, threw for a school-record 461 yards and four TDs in leading the Huskies to a 45-10 win over Memphis.

—Desmond Roland, Oklahoma State, ran for 144 yards and accounted for three TDs in the sixth-ranked Cowboys' 33-24 loss to rival Oklahoma.

—Bryce Petty, Baylor, threw for 287 yards and had TD passes on the first two drives of the second half to help the No. 9 Bears win their first Big 12 title and a Fiesta Bowl berth with a 30-10 victory over No. 23 Texas.

—Dray Joseph, Southern, threw for 337 yards passing and three TDs in a 34-27 double overtime victory over Jackson State in the Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship.

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BCS CHASE

The Southeastern Conference has stated its case. Now all Auburn can do is watch, wait and hope for No. 1 Florida State or No. 2 Ohio State to stumble.

After a week of lobbying by the SEC to have its champion play for the BCS national title ahead of an unbeaten team, No. 3 Auburn (12-1) won the conference with a wild 59-42 victory over No. 5 Missouri. It was quite a show, but it's unlikely to be enough to jump the Seminoles or Buckeyes if they stay undefeated.

So it'll be up to No. 20 Duke or No. 10 Michigan State to pave the way for Tigers to get a chance in Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 6 to run the SEC's streak of consecutive BCS titles to eight.

Florida State was a four-touchdown favorite heading into the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game against Duke in Charlotte. Ohio State had what looked like a much tougher task — No. 10 Michigan State and its top-ranked defense.

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NUMBERS

Minus-5_Temperature at kickoff in Missoula, where Montana hosted Coastal Carolina in the FCS playoffs. Coastal Carolina won 42-35.

15_Straight wins by No. 15 Central Florida, which won the first AAC title.

56_Years since Rice had won a conference title before winning the Conference USA championship game.

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