In the final national championship game of the BCS era, the Florida State Seminoles overcame an 18-point deficit to defeat the Auburn Tigers 34-31 Monday night at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, who won the 2013 Heisman Trophy Dec. 14, led the Seminoles on an 80-yard drive in the 4th quarter to score the winning touchdown with 13 seconds remaining in the game. Winston became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy and a national championship in the same season.
A number of well-known sports figures were in attendance, including former Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden and former Auburn running back Bo Jackson, who served as honorary captains for their former schools. Former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow, who was recently hired by ESPN to provide college football analysis for the upcoming SEC Network, was there with some of his ESPN colleagues. Also, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, whose wife Myra died of cancer in 2011, showed up on the sideline with his new girlfriend, actress Ricki Noel Lander.
For the 2014 season and beyond, the NCAA has established a four-team playoff system to determine a national champion for the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. The former BCS bowl games will host the semifinal games on a rotating basis, while individual cities will be allowed to submit bids to host the national championship game. Next year's championship game will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.