Down 21-3, FSU Rallies To Beat Auburn 34-31

12:56 AM, Jan 7, 2014   |    comments
  • Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston looks to evade the Auburn defense during the first half of the BCS National Championship (Gary A. Vasquez, USA TODAY Sports)
  • Florida State wide receiver Levonte Whitfield returns a kickoff for a touchdown against Auburn during the second half of the BCS National Championship game at the Rose Bowl (Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY Sports)
  • Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin catches a touchdown pass in the 34-31 win over Auburn (Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY Sports)
  • Auburn wide receiver Melvin Ray (82) celebrates with quarterback Nick Marshall (14) after scoring a touchdown against Florida State (Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY Sports)
    
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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Jameis Winston threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin with 13 seconds left and No. 1 Florida State beat No. 2 Auburn 34-31 to win the last BCS national championship game on Monday night.

Winston struggled much of the night but was near perfect when the Seminoles (14-0) needed it most, going 6 for 7 for 77 yards on the game-winning 80-yard drive. A pass interference penalty on Auburn's Chris Davis gave Florida State a first-and-goal at the 2 and on the next play Winston hit his big receiver for the touchdown.

Tre Mason had given Auburn (12-2) a 31-27 lead with a 37-yard touchdown run with 1:19 left after Kermit Whitfield had put Florida State in the lead for the first time since the first quarter with a 100-yard kickoff return to make it 27-24 with 4:31 left.

Mason ran for 195 yards.

Winston was 20 for 35 for 237 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdown passes.

 

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