Quarterback: James Franklin wasn't the best we have seen him. But he was pretty strong. He had 365 yards of total offense, four total touchdowns and did enough to win this football game on most days. A quarterback is ultimately judged on wins and losses, but this loss shouldn't hang around Franklin's neck. GRADE: B
Running Back: Henry Josey did what he's done all year. He got a few here, a few there and then busted a big one. All told, 123 yards and another 1,000-yard season. Mizzou's backs fran for 169 yards on just 19 carries between them. The only complaint might be that they weren't used more. GRADE: B
Receivers: Dorial Green-Beckham was a monster. Even after spraining his shoulder, he had a 55-yard touchdown catch and finished with six grabs for a144 yards and two scores. Other than that, Missouri's receiving corps did not really take advantage of the mismatch most thought it had against the Auburn secondary. GRADE: B-
Offensive Line: Not great, but plenty good. Six false start penalties were an issue, but the Tigers put up 534 yards of total offense. Auburn was able to get some pressure, but again, the offense is not the reason Missouri is the SEC runner-up. GRADE: B
Defensive Line: Kony Ealy made two huge plays and would have garnered some MVP votes if Missouri won. BUt the Tigers gave up 677 yards. There's only one grade you can give. GRADE: F
Linebackers: Missouri missed a lot of tackles. Even more than that, the linebackers just weren't anywhere near Auburn ballcarriers most of the night. GRADE: F
Secondary: The Tigers were burned on a long touchdown pass early. Yes, Braylon Webb had 12 tackles, but that's not what you want against a team that throws only 11 passes all night. The tackling here was not pretty either. GRADE: F
Special Teams: The biggest black mark here is allowing Auburn to recover a second quarter onside kick. The Tigers weren't terrible on special teams, and Andrew Baggett made all his kicks, but Auburn clearly won this battle. GRADE: C
Coaching: I don't know enough about football to tell you what Missouri should have changed. And I absolutely believe they tried to make some changes. But none of them worked. Auburn beat Missouri into submission doing the same thing over and over and over and over. And that falls on the coaching staff. GRADE: F
***GAME AT A GLANCE***
Player of the Game: This usually goes to a Mizzou player and if you want to do that, give it to DGB. But Tre Mason put on a performance of the ages.
Play of the Game: Missouri had third and eight down ten points and was still a part of the game with about eight minutes left. Dee Ford sacked Franklin, forcing a punt and Missouri had no real shot after that.
It was over when...: Mason scored on a 13-yard run to give Auburn a 59-42 lead with 4:22 to play. It was the first play all game where Missouri appeared to acknowledge the game was over.
Reason to feel good: It was a hell of a season. Missouri did not win this game, but just getting here made a huge statement about the program and whether or not it belongs in the SEC. The Tigers gave Auburn everything it could handle for about 50 minutes and came up short. Missouri lost and it should absolutely be disappointed by that. But the Tigers need not apologize. They belong in this league and they belonged in this game.
Cause for Concern: Because the BCS is silly, Missouri is going to be playing in the Capital One, Cotton or Outback Bowl. They are fine games, but they are not a fitting end to this season. Will the Tigers bring the passion and energy to that game they did to most of this season?
Up Next: Missouri will announce its bowl destination at approximately 7:45 Sunday night.
***FIVE THOUGHTS ON THE TIGERS***
It wasn't tricky For about a quarter-and-a-half, Missouri couldn't find the football. After that, well, Auburn wasn't deceptive. They ran it over, around and through the Missouri defense with pretty much the same play snap after snap.
Leaving Early? The way he played, I think Ealy has just one game left as a Tiger. And I'm not sure Markus Golden won't go too.
DGBeast The plays Dorial Green-Beckham made showed everyone his high ranking out of high school was deserved. Since the Kentucky game, he has played his three best games as a Tiger. DGB now has 55 catches for 830 yards and a team-best 12 touchdowns. He's gonna be a bona fide superstar next season (and it will be his last in college).
B(C)S The BCS is dumb. And the dumbest part is that it penalizes teams who get to the league title game and don't win it. If it's the Capital One against Wisconsin, I'm good. If it's the Cotton against Oklahoma State, I'm good. If Missouri goes to the Outback Bowl against Iowa, I might sleep through it.
Will Auburn get its shot? They're the Tigers too, so I can deviate and give a thought on the opponent. As I write this, the Big Ten title game isn't over. If Michigan State wins, this is moot. But if the Buckeyes win, there's the debate. I think OSU should get in. The knock on them has been a defense that gave up a lot of points against Illinois, Michigan, etc. Auburn didn't exactly field a BCS title type defense either.