by CollegeFootballPoll.com Staff
January 7, 2014
Florida State downed Auburn 34-31 in the BCS National Championship game at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena on Monday (January 6). It ended the SEC's streak of national championships at 7 and also halted a 4-year streak of champions from the state of Alabama.
The Seminoles outscored the Tigers 31-10 after falling behind 21-3 and scored the game-winning touchdown on Jameis Winston's 2-yard pass to Kelvin Benjamin with 13 seconds left in the game. The drive covered 80 yards in 7 plays. The score came one play after an interference penalty in the end zone on a 3rd-and-8 from the Auburn 10.
Florida State took its first lead of the game on a 102-yard kickoff return by Levonte Whitfield with 4:31 remaining to be played, only to see Auburn recapture the lead on Tre Mason's 37-yard run with 1:19 left.
Including Auburn's 22-yard field goal from Cody Parker with 4:42 remaining, the two teams combined to score 24 points inside the final 5 minutes of the contest.
FSU's Winston, the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner, was named the game's MVP after completing 20-of-35 passes for 237 yards, 2 scores and 0 interceptions. After a slow start, he was 6-for-7 on the final drive.
Auburn's Mason ran for 195 yards and a touchdown on 34 carries and the Tigers outgained Florida State in total yards, 449-385.
Florida State finished the season as the nation's only undefeated team and its 14-0 record is its best in school history.
Auburn dropped to 12-2.
FSU's 6th straight bowl win ties Ole Miss for the top current bowl streak, and the Seminoles' 16th consecutive victory overall leads the nation over Michigan State with 10. The loss ended Auburn's 5-bowl winning streak.
The game marked the end of the BCS era as an ill-conceived 4-team College Football Playoff takes over for the 2014 season. It will leave complete control of determining the 4 teams to a 13-person panel that will be governed by no clear guidelines, have no ties to national polls or computer rankings, and be totally void of transparency.
The Congrove Computer Rankings at CollegeFootballPoll.com forecasted a 16.67-point victory for Florida State.