2014 BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Pasadena, California · January 6, 2014
FLORIDA STATE 34 · AUBURN 31
In sharp contrast to the sub-zero temperatures plaguing much of the country on January 6, 2014, the weather was virtually perfect at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California, providing a suitable setting for a thrilling and memorable BCS Championship Game. This would mark the end of era: the final BCS Championship game of a sixteen year span pitting the #1 and #2 ranked college football teams against one another for the title of Champion. College football moves to a 4-team playoff format next season.
#1 Florida State's Robert Aguayo gave the Seminoles the first score of the game with a 36-yard field goal. Auburn responded with a TD, leaving the Florida State team trailing position for the first time since the end of September.
Following a fumble by an atypically rattled Seminole QB Jameis Winston, the Tigers furthered their lead in the second quarter with Melvin Ray catching a 50-yard TD pass (his first at Auburn), and then Nick Marshall driving in another TD from the 4. The Seminoles responded with TD scored by Karlos Williams carrying the ball into the end zone on a fake punt play. The Seminoles were now behind at half-time for the first time this season, with their 13 against Auburn's 21.
The back and forth battle intensified throughout the second half. Florida State's Aguayo hits a 41-yard FG to cut the Tigers lead to 21-13. Florida State scored again with an 11-yard TD pass from Winston to Chad Abram. Auburn was now only 1 point up on its opponent (21-20) and scored a field goal bringing the score to 24-20, now forcing the Seminoles into a TD scenario for a win. On the ensuing kickoff, the Seminoles' freshman Levonte Whitfield went 100 yards to give Florida State the lead at 27-24 with only 4:31 left in the game. Auburn's Tre Mason rushes in another touchdown, topping the Noles 31-27 with 1:19 left.
With a mere 13 seconds ticking away, Florida State's Jameis Winston hits Kelvin Benjamin from the 2-yard-line with a game-winning TD pass, closing the story on one of the most incredible bouts in BCS history.