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A tomahawk end on BCS Championship

The Cristal Bowl stays at Tallahassee. Photo: FSU Official.
Published: 7 Jan 2014

BCS Championship closes their series with the first champion, FSU Seminoles.

   Jameis Winston threw a 13-yard pass to Kelvin Benjamin scored 13 seconds left, and Florida State beat Auburn 34-31 on Monday , which won the national championship of college football .

   Winston struggled for much of the night, but looked perfect when they needed the Seminoles (14-0 and ranked in the first place) . He completed six of seven passes for 77 yards in advance of the series that defined the match.

"There are a lot of heart and guts in Tallahassee ," said coach Jimbo Fisher.

   A pass interference marked Chris Davis of Auburn gave Florida State first and goal at the two . On the next play , Winston completed his great receiver for a touchdown.

   Tre Mason had given Auburn (12-2 and second place ) 31-27 advantage with a carry of 37 yards to the end zone with 1:19 minutes remaining , after Kermit Whitfield had set up Florida State for the first time in the match.

Whitfield returned 100 yards a kickoff to put the score at 27-24 with 4:31 remaining.

   At the end of the era of the BCS, the team with which it all began, the Florida State Seminoles , close the circle .

    FSU, the team, appeared at the end of the first three Bowl Championship Series, winning the title in 1999, closes the chapter of BSC college football at the highest level with another title, the third in school history, with a dramatical end.

    The Seminoles ended the reign of the most difficult conference, the SEC at the top of college football by defeating the Auburn Tigers 34-31 at the legendary Rose Bowl stadium. It is no coincidence that the Seminoles playing football more like a SEC member is finally moved to the top of the conference.

Undoubtedly , Auburn was the toughest opponent Florida State face this season.

    The Seminoles came to encounter as the No. 1 offense in the country in scoring and No. 1 defense in the country in points allowed. They had won all their games by a margin of at least two touchdowns. Throughout the season, the Seminoles played the quarter periods with replacement players.

The Tigers - " team of destiny", called by some - hit fast and hit hard.

    Tre Mason, Heisman Trophy finalist, led a strong running game that did work overtime to Seminoles defensive . Auburn running back carried the football 34 times for 195 yards and a touchdown that missing just over a minute left in the game, it seemed the final dagger in the heart of FSU.

    The offensive approach proposed by the head coach of Auburn, Gus Malzahn, was almost perfect . The Tigers, using a variant of the "triple option" in shotgun formation for much of the game, were able to dictate the pace of the game and Florida State kept guessing. 

     Deep down FSU had to constantly help against Mason, opening huge holes in pass coverage the QB Nick Marshall could exploit much of the evening.

     Rarely used the meeting prior to the move, and when they did, they met near the ball and stood out quickly to avoid the formation reaction at FSU showing . In several instances the collation, the defensive side of the Seminoles showed confusion on assignments.

However, the defensive Auburn plan may have been even better .

     Ellis Johnson, defensive coordinator , handled all kinds of variants against Heisman Trophy winner , Jameis Winston, and Florida State 's offense . When pressed to Winston, Auburn with only four defensive ends Dee Ford, Carl Lawson, and Ladarius Owens, getting excellent depth preventing Roland Winston out of his pocket and throw on the move, one of the strengths of his game. 

     Auburn , were usually in the middle, in almost all cases, the Tigers settled scrimmage with linemen, linebackers and defensive backs, rarely showing his load came or not and the cornerbacks played aggressive all night. This prevented Florida State employs long development paths delight to his wide receivers, particularly the huge Kelvin Benjamin.

     A five minute intermission, and with a 21-3 lead, it looked like Auburn was headed to victory by beating several experts predicted for them as victims.

     A series of three and a half minutes at the end of the second quarter literally rescued the game for Florida State. The Seminoles was able to lower the rate to a game that seemed to have started without their participation, and lowered the volume passes in favor of races , including a pair to Jameis Winston by design, that restored some confidence in the attack. 

     The key play in this series was a hoax clearance kick deeply in FSU territory that had not been successful, could have cost the game.

     This progress, together with the second possession of the third quarter of FSU, culminating in field goal Roberto Aguayo, a kicker with NFL potential after five and a half minutes, began to balance the statistical balance in the game and closed the gap on the scoreboard at 21-13.

The best was yet to come.

     The Tigers again enjoyed good fortune that accompanied them to Georgia and Alabama, and the fact that, on three separate occasions, a loose ball was kicked, never lost possession of the football. 

     Then the play that handed the game, for the first time at Florida State. On second and 16 from the Auburn 34-yard line , Marshall telegraphed a pass to the right side which ended up being intercepted by PJ Williams. Here fortune also winked the Seminoles: to be brought down Williams , dropped the football on the ground, but was providentially recovered by defensive back Lamarcus Joyner , who had one of the best games individually for the defense of ' Noles together to tackle Timmy Jernigan and end Mario Edwards.

     Florida State , with its best field position of the night to start a possession, took touchdown pass to fullback Chad Abram keeper left the game 21-20 still in favor of the Tigers.

     Auburn responded with one of the best series of the game , consuming more than six minutes to name Mason almost entirely , to add a field goal on its own, but the ensuing kickoff was returned for a touchdown by Kermit Whitfield, and suddenly the Seminoles were found up on the scoreboard for the first time since its first advance in writing down 3 points courtesy of Aguayo.

The timing of the match was turned completely to Florida State , and the night was filled with songs of war and ax.

     But the Tigers could not die like that. No, after surviving the Bulldogs and Tide , thanks to the miracles of Ricardo Louis and Chris Davis. The question for Auburn was , to whom he had to do magic now , four and a half minutes to play?

The Tigers used their exceptional runner, and they were not wrong .

     Auburn mounted a series that critics Marshall completed two passes for Sammie Coates, one of 15 and another of 17 yards and carried the ball in Mason four occasions - including a break of 37 yards to the end zone - to put the Tigers up again in the scoring, 31-27 .

     In the previous touchdown Florida State , Winston answered the challenge to lead his team to the end zone in the fourth quarter, down in the score.

With a minute and a few more sighs , would you be able to do the reigning Heisman again?

    Winston , who statistically had not one of his best games this season, he did. The pin Florida State completed seven of eight posts in the final advance , which consisted only in passing, and put the final touch to a memorable night with a 2-yard free style Benjamin "Alley -oop " , sealing of the most dramatic victories in a game for the college degree.

     The big question for FSU before the game was after the beatings handed out throughout the regular season , knowing how to react if the game was close until the end, and should be decided in the final breakthrough.

The Seminoles responded guided by the best college player of the season.

      Definitely , Auburn had all the earmarks of " team of destiny" . Winning , no one, could have objected merit to reach the final match , nor merit to be a victory for much of the night seemed him.

      The Seminoles had the right to surrender and fall by the wayside pretext. After all, other editions of this program - with equal or more talent on the team - they did in previous years. Legal distractions if Winston were no small matter .

      After a few years in the doldrums for the program, which is better than Florida State, who closes the circle of BCS era that began when the Seminoles were in full swing under Bobby Bowden , who incidentally served as honorary captain tonight.

     The motto that the Seminoles preached throughout the whole campaign , particularly Winston was: "We make our destiny."

      And there is no better " team of destiny" that he who built it throughout the season, including tonight at the Rose Bowl

Winston completed 20 of 35 for 237 yards and made ​​two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter.

     Florida State is champion for the first time since 1999. It is also the first team to crown after being down after haft time.  

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