Florida State beats Auburn to win BCS National Championship

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Jameis Winston threw a 2-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.

The Seminoles are the 1st non-SEC school to win the national championship in eight years, ending the state of Alabama's run of four straight championships.

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.

Winston is the first freshman quarterback to ever lead a team to a BCS Title. Notre Dame's Everett Golson and Virginia Tech's Michael Vick are the only other two to play in the title game as freshman but both lost.


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