The Florida State Seminoles were favored as the dominate team, while the Auburn Tigers were a team of destiny. On Monday night that destiny was not outmatched by Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, as he lead his Seminoles to a 34-31 victory in the final BCS championship game.
With everything on the line, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher drew up a plan, and Winston executed a magnificent 80 yard drive that led to a Kelvin Benjamin 2 yard touchdown. With 13 seconds left, Florida State took the lead for good and finished the season as BCS National Champions. A storybook ending in tensile town to a perfect season.
The Tigers dominated on both sides of the ball majority of the first half, and shocked the Seminoles with a 21-3 lead in the second quarter. Winston looked horrible with two sacks and one fumble, along with penalties that handicapped the Seminoles from gaining any momentum.
On 4th-and-4, Fisher took a huge gamble that paid off with a trick played that gained the Seminoles a first down into Tigers territory.
That kept the Seminole drive alive that resulted in a Devonta Freeman 3 yard touchdown run, trailing Auburn at halftime 21-10.
After a few lead changes, the momentum shifted again in Florida State's favor, when Levonte Whitfield ran back a 100 yard kick off that put the Seminoles ahead 27-24.
Hard nose running back Tre Mason, gave the Seminoles defense fits all game, punched another touchdown in for the Auburn lead with 1:20 left in the fourth quarter.
The Seminoles drove down the field, Auburn helped them out on 3rd down and 8, with a pass interference penalty on Chris Davis. That penalty advance Florida State down to the 2 yard line.
Winston's inspiring speech to his players showed leadership and poise, 'Guys, we didn't come here for no reason.' I said, 'Y'all, this is ours, man.'"
Auburn defensive tackle Gabe Wright expressed his thoughts on the loss. It really felt like we were going to bring it out again. We're just on the other end of the stick. It's usually us going out on the field and celebrating. It's been a long time since we had an 'L' in this locker room."
Auburn QB Nick finished 14 of 27 for 217 yards, 2 touchdowns, and one interception. Tre Mason finished with 195 yards and one touchdown on 24 carriers in the loss.
Florida State QB Jameis Winston finished 20 for 35 for 235 yards, and two touchdowns in the win on his birthday.
"It was the best football game he's played all year," Fisher said of Winston. "And I'll tell you why, because for three quarters he was up and down and he fought.
"Only thing is we're victorious and glad to say Florida State is the national champion again, and I guarantee you we're bringing that swag back," Winston said. "You'd better believe it."
Winston will be return to Florida State along with coach Jimbo Fisher, as this dynamic duo will be the hunted all next season long.