In what was the perfect season for a college football quarterback, Jameis Winston was able to lead a game-winning drive to take the BCS National Championship and was named the MVP of the game in the Florida State Seminoles' 34-31 win over the Auburn Tigers.
When discussing the perfect season in college football, an undefeated season, a Heisman trophy and a national championship win come to mind. Winston was able to do all of those things in 2013-14.
Despite being down 21-3 in the second quarter, the Seminoles were able to pull off an incredible comeback win. Winston found Kelvin Benjamin for the game-winning touchdown in the end zone.
That's not bad for a 20th birthday.
Not a bad 20th birthday for Heisman winner Jameis Winston - 237 Pass yds, 2 TD, including 77 on game-winning drive. pic.twitter.com/RuLARXvhAI— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 7, 2014
After the game, Winston had this to say about the big win according to Patrik Nohe from the Miami Herald and Bo Mattingly from Sports Talk With Bo.
"We doing it big all over the country, all over the world." - Jameis Winston— Patrik Nohe/M_Herald (@PatrikNohe_MH) January 7, 2014
"My team got on my back and we went the whole way" -Jameis Winston— Bo Mattingly (@SportsTalkwBo) January 7, 2014
Winston seriously struggled early in the game. He missed a lot of easy throws, made some bad reads and even lost a fumble early on. But the team rallied in the second half, and Winston was more comfortable in the pocket, making some better throws.
The final numbers were solid for Winston. He completed 20 of 35 passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns, with the final score with just 13 seconds remaining giving his team the national title.
But when looking at what he did for the entire season, it's safe to say that Winston had the perfect year.
Growing up as a fan of Vince Young, Mike Berrardino from the St. Paul Pioneer Press made a note connecting Winston with his idol.
Jameis Winston, who grew up idolizing Vince Young, leads the game-winning drive into the same Rose Bowl end zone as VY and Texas 8 yrs ago— Mike Berardino (@MikeBerardino) January 7, 2014
For the year, Winston completed 66.9 percent of his passes for 4,057 yards, 40 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions. His strong numbers helped him win the Heisman Trophy, Walter Camp Award and Davey O'Brien Award. He was also named the ACC Player of the Year and a consensus All-American among other awards and titles.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, Auburn's Cam Newton and USC's Matt Leinart have been the only quarterbacks since 1950 to go undefeated, win the national title and win the Heisman Trophy in the same year.
Jameis Winston: 3rd QB since 1950 to go undefeated w/ natl title & Heisman Trophy all in same season (Cam Newton, 2010 & Matt Leinart, 2004)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 7, 2014
As a redshirt freshman, Winston was able to do what few players have been able to do in their college careers in just a single season. He'll be playing at least one more season at Florida State before having to make a decision about his future, but it's safe to say that Winston had one of the greatest seasons any college football player has ever had.