We saw the final BCS title game on Monday night, and boy was it a great one.
The Florida State Seminoles took down the Auburn Tigers in the most entertaining championship game of recent memory. Freshman quarterback and the most recent Heisman winner, Jameis Winston, led the Noles to victory with a touchdown pass in the final minute of the game, wrapping up a historic night for Florida State.
It was the largest comeback in championship history, and was the storybook ending FSU was hoping for.
They were far from the favored team in this matchup, but proved able to take down the dynasty that the SEC was building after they claimed four straight titles. Lee Corso always believed in them, however.
Lee Corso's pick http://t.co/GvLB2XqLNm— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) January 7, 2014
If you missed the game or stopped watching after the first half, then you missed out as it was a truly a tale of two halves with this one. In the beginning, Auburn dominated, which only brought out some struggling faces from the Seminole fan base.
Early FSU struggle face. pic.twitter.com/9YLBmgUHTg— World of Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) January 7, 2014
The tides started to turn for Winston and his squad in the second half, and it all started with the freshman. On this, his 20th birthday, Winston fought tooth and nail to will his team back in this game. He ran the ball, he threw the ball and he hit a picture-perfect Heisman pose.
Jameis Winston just Heisman'd an Auburn defender. pic.twitter.com/Mg7C0vjts8— Official Guyism.com (@Guyism) January 7, 2014
Winston's heroics were highlighted by his game-winning touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin, a moment that will forever live in college football history (although Nick Marshall wasn't too amused by it).
The game was over. Florida State had won.
The celebration began for the Noles as players, coaches and fans all stormed onto the field. One of the most meaningful embraces of the night came when Winston and his head coach, Jimbo Fisher, met in the middle of the field.
Jameis Winston and Jimbo Fisher embrace in a crowd of media http://t.co/7nlJVXfsxF— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) January 7, 2014
This game marked the first time a non-SEC team defeated an SEC team in a title game in over 15 years. Although the confetti that rained down was Seminole colors, one could argue that the true winner of Monday night's game was a member of the New England Patriots.
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft won the BCS National Championship. pic.twitter.com/42RcH6HbXZ— Complex (@ComplexMag) January 7, 2014
Winston was able to finish on top this season amidst all the criticism, and completed arguably the best freshman season anyone's ever had. It's a little too early to call him a legend in my opinion, but he did have one hell of a year.
Jameis Winston's Season - Heisman Trophy - Undefeated Season - National Championship - Legend Status— ESPN (@espn) January 7, 2014
Given the fact that Fisher just inked a new contract extension and Winston's college career is just beginning, this might not be the last time we see these two hold a crystal football.
It's also rather plausible that Auburn will return to the big game as well. A good chunk of their starters will be returning and they will have another year with Gus Malzahn under their belt. Both teams will be dangerous moving forward and will both be in contention next year.