BCS Championship 2014: Plays That Decided the National Championship

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIMarch 18, 2017

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 06:  Wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin #1 of the Florida State Seminoles catches a 2-yard pass for a touchdown 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 Harry How/Getty Images)
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The BCS went out in style on Monday night. The Florida State Seminoles' 34-31 win was one of the most thrilling championship games you'll ever see. Jameis Winston and the Seminoles completed their perfect season by beating a tough and resilient Auburn Tigers team in Pasadena.

There were tons of big plays, but these are the ones that made the Seminoles' title a reality.


Marshall Misses an Opportunity

Florida State had to overcome an 18-point first-half deficit to emerge victorious. Before it began its resurgence, an underthrown ball from Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall gave the 'Noles a break.

Check out Marshall failing to get the ball to a wide open Ricardo Louis in the middle of the field. 


This should have been a touchdown. Instead, the Tigers had to punt and Florida State took an early 3-0 lead.

Obviously, Auburn would take control of the game and build a lead, but this was a missed opportunity to make the hill steeper for the Seminoles to climb.


Parkey Leaves it Short and Wide

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 06:  Kicker Cody Parkey #36 of the Auburn Tigers misses a 33-yard field goal in the second quarter of the 2014 Vizio BCS National Championship Game against the Florida State Seminoles at the Rose Bowl on January 6, 2014 in Pasadena,
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In the second quarter, Cody Parkey missed a 33-yard field goal. Auburn was up 14-3 at the time, but again, this was yet another missed opportunity to pile on.


Well-Timed End Around

Just before the end of the first half, the Seminoles were trying to mount a drive. It appeared as though Auburn had forced another Florida State punt. Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher decided to be daring. He faked the punt and ran an end around with Karlos Williams.


The play went for seven yards and extended the drive.


Winston is Rumbling and Stumbling

The run by Williams helped set up Winston's rumbling 21-yard scramble that led to a much-needed touchdown before the half. Devonta Freeman's score made the game 21-10 and gave Florida State confidence heading into the second half.



Marshall's Poor Decision

After a third-quarter field goal, the 'Noles had cut Auburn's lead to 21-13.

Marshall was good most of the game for Auburn, but this ill-advised throw into double coverage was intercepted by P.J. Williams.



Abrams in for the Score

The pick set up this 11-yard touchdown pass to Chad Abram. After the extra point, the lead was trimmed to one, at 21-20.


Auburn's vicious running attack had many of the Florida State defensive linemen worn down. Even with reserves on the field, the Seminoles were able to hold the Tigers to a field goal on the drive after the Abram touchdown.


Levonte Goes to the House 


With the score 24-20 Auburn, Levonte Whitfield turned on the jets. He took the ensuing kickoff 100 yards to give the Seminoles their first lead since the first quarter. Florida State led 27-24 with just 4:42 remaining.



Rashad Greene Turns the Curl into Something Big

Jan 6, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Florida State Seminoles wide receiver Rashad Greene (80) runs with the ball after a catch past  Auburn Tigers defensive end Dee Ford (30) during the second half of the 2014 BCS National Championship game at the Rose Bowl.
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After a methodical drive was punctuated by a 37-yard touchdown run from Auburn's Tre Mason, Florida State again trailed 31-27. With just 1:19 remaining in the game, Winston and Co. started their game-winning drive.

The Heisman Trophy winner hit Rashad Greene on a curl route. Greene made a move and turned it into a 49-yard completion. Not enough people are talking about how huge that play was.


Hurtful Penalty 

From there, this costly pass interference call against Chris Davis put the ball on the 2-yard line. Davis was a hero in the Iron Bowl with his "Kick-6" return, but he had muffed punts and this key penalty in the BCS title game.



Benjamin Goes High

Davis' penalty set the table for the game-winner to Kelvin Benjamin. The 6'6" sophomore is a red-zone threat waiting to happen once he gets to the NFL.


Almost no one like the BCS, but almost everyone had to love this game—except Auburn fans of course.


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