BCS National Championship 2014: Live Game Grades, Analysis for Auburn

Chris Stephens@@chris_stephens6Correspondent IIJanuary 6, 2014

NEWPORT BEACH, CA - JANUARY 4:  Quan Bray #4 and Sammie Coates #18 of the Auburn Tigers pose with The Coches Trophy during the Vizio BCS National Championship media day January 4, 2014 in Newport Beach, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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The Florida State Seminoles are the final champions of the BCS after they beat the Auburn Tigers in the BCS National Championship Game.

Final: Florida State 34, Auburn 31

For full stats, check out NCAA.com.

Auburn Tigers Game Grades
Position UnitFirst-Half GradeFinal Grade
Pass OffenseB-C+
Rush OffenseB-A-
Pass DefenseA-C+
Rush DefenseB+B-
Special TeamsC+C+
vs. Florida State Seminoles

Final Analysis for Auburn Tigers

Pass Offense: Nick Marshall finished 14-of-27 for 217 yards and two touchdowns. However, he had a key interception as the Tigers were driving toward another touchdown that gave Florida State some momentum. Sammie Coates finished with four receptions for 61 yards.

Rush Offense: Tre Mason ran all over the Florida State defense, rushing for 195 yards on 34 carries, including a 37-yard touchdown run. The Seminoles knew it was coming all night, but they still couldn't stop it.

Pass Defense: Jameis Winston finished 20-of-35 for 237 yards and two touchdowns. Auburn had Jameis Winston on the ropes in the first half, but the Heisman Trophy winner led his team to a national title in the second half.

Rush Defense: The Seminoles totaled 148 yards on the ground, but they were forced into throwing more in the second half after being down 21-3. Auburn still deserves a lot of credit for holding its own all game.

Special Teams: Cody Parkey made a 22-yard field goal, but the big stat was Florida State didn't return any of the six Auburn punts.

Coaching: The coaches didn't keep their foot on the gas pedal in the second half, and the Seminoles were able to come back. 

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 06:  Running back Tre Mason #21 of the Auburn Tigers runs for 37-yard touchdown against the Florida State Seminoles in the fourth quarter to take a 31-27 lead in the 2014 Vizio BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl on Janu
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First-Half Analysis for Auburn Tigers

Pass Offense: Nick Marshall is 7-of-13 for 113 yards and two touchdowns, with all seven passes going to different receivers. The biggest play came on a 50-yard TD pass to Melvin Ray, who outran the FSU defense for the score.

Rush Offense: The Tigers have rushed for 119 yards, including 96 by Tre Mason. Florida State is holding Auburn down a little, but the Tigers have still converted eight of their 12 third downs to keep the ball moving.

Pass Defense: Auburn has limited Jameis Winston to 6-of-15 for 62 yards, forcing Florida State into a bunch of mistakes. The Seminoles got something going on their final drive of the half, but struggled throughout.

Rush Defense: The Seminoles have rushed for 94 yards, getting 52 of those yards on the final drive of the half. Auburn is controlling the line of scrimmage, also forcing and recovering a fumble.

Special Teams: Cody Parkey missed a 33-yard field goal, but Steven Clark has done his job punting the ball, including pinning the Seminoles on the 2-yard line.

Coaching: Florida State was the favored team coming into the game, but the Auburn coaches had the Tigers ready for this one.


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