While defenders in the SEC Championship Game could understandably have been frustrated during the high-scoring shootout, there was no excusing the late hit by Auburn cornerback Ryan White that sent Missouri's Henry Josey sprawling into a cart parked along the sideline.

With Auburn leading 45-34 in the final minute of the third quarter, the Mizzou running back broke through the first line of the defense for a big gain. White pursued him as he veered toward the Auburn sideline. With Josey already forced out of bounds White continued to push him.

To the surprise and displeasure of many of those commenting on Twitter during the game, White was not ejected for the late hit. He was flagged for a personal foul. After a 65-yard gain on the play, Josey was briefly sidelined. CBS showed him being attended to by trainers on the sideline, who appeared to be bandaging his upper back. He would return to action as Missouri attempted to rally in the fourth quarter.

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  • Auburn running back Tre Mason (21) celebrates his touchdown against Missouri during the second half of the Southeastern Conference NCAA football championship game, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

  • Auburn running back Tre Mason (21) celebrates with team mates after the second half of the Southeastern Conference NCAA football championship game against the Missouri, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Atlanta. Auburn won 59-42. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

  • Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn celebrates a Auburn touchdown against Missouri during the second half of the Southeastern Conference NCAA football championship game, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Atlanta. Auburn won 59-42. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

  • Auburn wide receiver Ricardo Louis (5) celebrates with team mates after the second half of the Southeastern Conference NCAA football championship game against the Missouri, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Atlanta. Auburn won 59-42. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

  • Auburn wide receiver Ricardo Louis (5) celebrates with team mates after the second half of the Southeastern Conference NCAA football championship game against the Missouri, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Atlanta. Auburn won 59-42. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

  • Auburn running back Tre Mason (21) celebrates with team mates after the second half of the Southeastern Conference NCAA football championship game against the Missouri, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Atlanta. Auburn won 59-42. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

  • Tre Mason ,Gus Malzahn

    Auburn running back Tre Mason (21) and Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn celebrate after the second half of the Southeastern Conference NCAA football championship game against the Missouri, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Atlanta. Auburn won 59-42. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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  • Gus Malzahn

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  • Sammie Coates

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    ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 07: Dorial Green-Beckham #15 of the Missouri Tigers scores a touchdown in the first quarter against the Jonathon Mincy #6 of the Auburn Tigers during the SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome on December 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

  • SEC Championship - Missouri v Auburn

    ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 07: Quarterback Nick Marshall #14 of the Auburn Tigers celebrates scoring a touchdown in the first quarter against the Missouri Tigers during the SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome on December 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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  • SEC Championship - Missouri v Auburn

    ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 07: Dee Ford #30 of the Auburn Tigers reacts after making a big defensive stop in the first quarter against the Missouri Tigers during the SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome on December 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

  • Missouri wide receiver Marcus Lucas (85) looses the ball against Auburn during the first half of the Southeastern Conference NCAA football championship game, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

  • Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham (15) prepares to run into the end zone against Auburn defensive back Jermaine Whitehead (9) during the first half of the Southeastern Conference NCAA football championship game, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall (14) lies on the field after being pushed to the turf by Missouri defensive back E.J. Gaines (31) during the first half of the Southeastern Conference NCAA football championship game, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Atlanta. Gaines received a foul on the play. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham (15) makes the catch against Auburn defensive back Ryan Smith (24) during the first half of the Southeastern Conference NCAA football championship game, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Atlanta. Green-Beckham scored on the play. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

  • Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham (15) runs into the end zone against Auburn defensive back Jermaine Whitehead (9) during the first half of the Southeastern Conference NCAA football championship game, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Tre Mason

    Auburn running back Tre Mason (21) falls into the end zone against Missouri during the first half of the Southeastern Conference NCAA football championship game, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall (14) runs against Missouri during the first half of the Southeastern Conference NCAA football championship game, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Henry Josey

    Missouri running back Henry Josey (20) runs against Auburn during the first half of the Southeastern Conference NCAA football championship game, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Auburn running back Tre Mason (21) makes the catch against Missouri defensive back John Gibson (1) during the first half of the Southeastern Conference NCAA football championship game, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Missouri wide receiver Marcus Lucas (85) looks at a missed catch as Auburn linebacker Kris Frost (17) defends during the first half of the Southeastern Conference NCAA football championship game, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Gus Malzahn

    Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn speaks to officials against Missouri during the first half of the Southeastern Conference NCAA football championship game, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Missouri wide receiver Bud Sasser (21) works for a catch against Auburn defensive back Robenson Therezie (27) in the end zone against during the first half of the Southeastern Conference NCAA football championship game, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Missouri quarterback James Franklin (1) Auburn linebacker Cassanova McKinzy (8) during the first half of the Southeastern Conference NCAA football championship game, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

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  • Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall (14) runs into the end zone for a touchdown against Missouri safety Matt White (17) during the first half of the Southeastern Conference NCAA football championship game, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

  • Dorial Green-Beckham

    Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham (15) celebrates his touchdown against Auburn during the first half of the Southeastern Conference NCAA football championship game, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)