Top 25 Football Roundup: Mason runs No. 3 Auburn over No. 5 Missouri

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No. 3 Auburn 59, No. 5 Missouri 42

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 the Southeastern Conference championship game Saturday.

Auburn (12-1) kept alive its hopes of playing for the BCS title, though the Tigers will likely need either top-ranked Florida State or No. 2 Ohio State to lose in their respective conference championship games, which began about the time Auburn was wrapping up the offensive shootout at the Georgia Dome.)

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 middle on 13-yard TD to seal the victory with 4:22 remaining.

No. 1 Florida State 45, No. 20 Duke 7

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jameis Winston threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score, and No. 1 Florida State stormed into the BCS national championship game with a 45-7 victory over 20th-ranked Duke on Saturday night in the ACC championship game.

The Heisman Trophy favorite was 19-of-32 for 330 yards and set FBS freshman records for TD passes and yards passing in a season two days after prosecutors decided not to press charges against him in a sexual assault case.

Winston threw two touchdown passes to 6-foot-5, 234-pound receiver Kelvin Benjamin and ran for a 17-yard score to overcome two interceptions.

Florida State's defense was dominant, holding Duke to 239 yards and forcing three turnovers to help the Seminoles win their second straight ACC title.

No. 6 Oklahoma State 33, No. 18 Oklahoma 24

STILLWATER, Okla. -- Blake Bell threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Saunders with 19 seconds remaining to help No. 18 Oklahoma spoil rival Oklahoma State's Big 12 championship and BCS bowl game hopes with a 33-24 win.

Bell, playing in place of an injured Trevor Knight, led the Sooners (10-2, 7-2 Big 12) on the game-winning 66-yard drive -- going 5-of-8 for 57 yards on the drive.

Eric Striker ended the game by recovering a fumble for a touchdown for Oklahoma, which has now won at least 10 games in four straight seasons.

No. 7 Stanford 38, No. 11 Arizona St. 14

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Tyler Gaffney ran for 133 yards and scored three touchdowns in a dominating first half, leading No. 7 Stanford back to the Rose Bowl with a 38-14 victory over No. 11 Arizona State in the Pac-12 title game Saturday night.

Stanford (11-2) raced out to a big lead in its first game with Arizona State this season and had its way with the Sun Devils again early in the rematch, building a 28-7 lead early in the second quarter. Gaffney did most of the damage, scoring on a 69-yard run on the Cardinal's second play and a pair of 1-yard runs.

No. 9 Baylor 30, No. 23 Texas 10

WACO, Texas -- Bryce Petty threw touchdown passes on the first two drives of the second half for No. 9 Baylor and the Bears won their first Big 12 title and a Fiesta Bowl berth with a 30-10 victory over No. 23 Texas on Saturday.

No. 15 UCF 17, SMU 13

DALLAS -- Blake Bortles threw for 242 yards and ran for two touchdowns as No. 15 UCF celebrated a BCS bid already in hand by rallying to beat SMU 17-13 Saturday in front of just a few hundred fans who braved a brutal ice storm.

With the school's first BCS berth secured by Louisville's win at Cincinnati Thursday, the Knights were sluggish before recovering for a school-record eighth straight win and the outright title in the first year of the American Athletic Conference.

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