Auburn vs FSU 2014: Breaking Down Wild BCS Title Finish

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIJanuary 7, 2014

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 06:  The Florida State Seminoles celebrate after wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin #1 2-yard touchdown catch to take a 33-31 lead in the final moments of the fourth quarter during the 2014 Vizio BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl on January 6, 2014 in Pasadena, California. Florida State lead 34-31 after a successful extra point.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The BCS National Championship game between the Florida State Seminoles and Auburn Tigers had one of the wildest finishes since Vince Young led the Texas Longhorns past the USC Trojans in the 2006 Rose Bowl, but so much happened at the end that it's almost hard to keep track of.

Despite being down 21-3 in the first half, the Seminoles found a way to come back and win 34-31 over the Tigers. Jameis Winston was named the MVP of the game, completing 20 of his 35 passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Tre Mason was also terrific for the Tigers, however, putting up 237 total yards and two touchdowns.

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 06:  (2nd L) Florida State Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher celebrates after defeating the Auburn Tigers 34-31 in the 2014 Vizio BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl on January 6, 2014 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by
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The fourth quarter is where things got interesting. Down 21-13, the Seminoles were able to drive down the field with Winston capping off the drive with a 11-yard touchdown to Chad Abram. Down two, the Seminoles could have gone for a two-point conversion, but a rather controversial 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Devonta Freeman forced them to kick an extra point instead.'s Andrew Gribble gave us Nick Saban's reaction to the penalty.

After a 22-yard field goal from Auburn's Cody Parkey, it was 24-20 for the Tigers, meaning that the Seminoles had to score a touchdown to go ahead. It didn't take long for them to do that, as Levonte Whitfield was able to burn past Auburn on this exciting 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

The return left a lot of time for the Tigers to drive down the field, and they did just that. They were able to go on a drive that lasted more than three minutes and went 75 yards, ending on this 37-yard touchdown from Mason to put Auburn up 31-27 with just 1:19 remaining.

But Winston wouldn't go down quietly. He led his team down the field before finally finding Kelvin Benjamin in the end zone for the two-yard score to help give the Seminoles the national title.

According to ESPN, Winston went six-of-seven for 77 yards and that touchdown on the game-winning drive, proving to the nation that he could step up when it mattered.

Overall, it was an incredible ending to a great game, and it's one that Florida State fans likely won't ever forget.

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