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The Associated Press | December 7, 2013 08:37 PM EST | AP


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.

677_Total yards, including 545 on the ground, by No. 3 Auburn against Missouri to set an SEC championship game record.

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FIESTA BEARS

Bryce Petty and ninth-ranked Baylor closed out their old stadium with quite a fiesta.

In what became a de facto Big 12 championship game after Oklahoma State's lost, Petty threw for 287 yards with touchdown passes on the first drives after halftime and the Bears won the their first title in the league with a 30-10 victory over No. 23 Texas.

The Bears, who never even had a winning record in the Big 12 before coach Art Briles arrived six years ago, have the first 11-win season in school history and are headed to the Fiesta Bowl. That is the reward for their first outright title in any league since winning the Southwest Conference on 1980 when Mike Singletary called Floyd Casey Stadium home.

Texas coach Mack Brown made joking references all week about being the only coach in America playing for a conference championship while also shrugging off speculation that he could be replaced.

Well, the intense speculation about Brown's future is certain to increase now. The regular season is over for the Longhorns without a Big 12 title after losing two of three games — just like the year started before a six-game winning streak that included an unexpected 36-20 win over Oklahoma.

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BEDLAM QUAKE

Oklahoma players say they were unaware of an earthquake that happened during the second quarter of the No. 18 Sooners' 33-24 victory over Oklahoma State.

The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a 4.5 magnitude earthquake in central Oklahoma at 12:10 p.m. Saturday near Arcadia, about 7 miles east of Edmond and about 14 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.

It occurred about the time Sooners' kicker Michael Hunnicutt kicked a 21-yard field goal in the second quarter of the win over the No. 6 Cowboys.

Hunnicutt says he didn't know about the earthquake and didn't feel it, while Oklahoma (10-2, 7-2) wide receiver Sterling Shepard says if he felt anything, he likely thought it was the result of the 58,520 in attendance in Boone Pickens Stadium.