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FSU Final BCS Champions - Coverage around the web


USA Today - Florida State tops Auburn for national title on late touchdown

by Gerry Ahern

"The Bowl Championship Series is dead...And the Southeastern Conference's stranglehold on college football's national championship has been snuffed...Top-ranked Florida State of the Atlantic Coast Conference completed a perfect season, rallying past No. 2 Auburn of the SEC 34-31 on Monday night at the Rose Bowl."

Yahoo Sports - Florida State rallies past Auburn to win BCS title in back-and-forth classic

by Dan Wetzel

"Trailing by four on a night where he struggled early and often, Jameis Winston, Florida State’s Heisman winning quarterback, delivered when it mattered most. Winston led the Seminoles on an 80-yard, game-winning touchdown drive with just 1:18 remaining in the game to give FSU a 34-31 victory over Auburn and the BCS national championship...It capped a title game that finished in a back-and-forth flurry that saw three different touchdowns – including a 100-yard kickoff return for FSU's Kermit Whitfield– in the final six minutes of play...Winston produced the game-winner with a clutch 2-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin with just 13 seconds remaining to finish 6-of-7 for 77 yards on the final drive."

ESPN/Associated Press/CNNSI - Florida State wins national title with touchdown in final seconds

"For all Jameis Winston had done as a redshirt freshman for Florida State, he never had to pull the Seminoles from the brink of defeat...In the biggest game of the year, down by four with 79 seconds left, the Heisman Trophy winner put together the drive of his life, and the Seminoles proved they could take a punch to win a championship...Winston threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin with 13 seconds left and No. 1 Florida State beat No. 2 Auburn 34-31 to win the BCS national title game on Monday night."

Fox Sports Florida - Perfection achieved: FSU tops Auburn in thriller to win BCS title

by Bob Ferrante

"In a season of dominating performances, Florida State was bound to have a nail-biter...And Florida State needed not one but two comebacks for the program's third national title...Birthday boy Jameis Winston rebounded from his worst game of the season to march Florida State 80 yards down the field in 58 seconds, capped by a 2-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin, as the Seminoles defeated Auburn 34-31 in the BCS championship game."

CBS Sports - End of an (SEC) era; The SEC fails to take care of business in the final BCS title game. Auburn falls short, ending the conference's streak of seven national championships. Disappointed Slive: 'No one will ever equal' SEC's run of dominance

by Tony Barnhart

"The disappointment was etched on Mike Slive's face. This one hurt. It will probably hurt for a while..."There is disappointment, no doubt," said the commissioner of the SEC after Auburn's heartbreaking 34-31 loss to No. 1 Florida State in the BCS Championship game. "We congratulate Florida State and the ACC. They have a great team...But right now I can't help but think about the enduring pride we have in what our conference has accomplished. What we have done is unprecedented. And no one will ever equal it."

Business Insider - Florida State Wins One Of The Craziest Championship Games Ever With 13 Seconds Left — [All 4 Fourth-Quarter TDs in GIF form]

by Tony Manfred

"In one of the more thrilling championships games in BCS history, Florida State scored a touchdown with 13 seconds left and beat Auburn 34-31 on Monday night in Pasadena...There were four touchdowns scored in the final minutes...It looked like Auburn's Tre Mason had won it with an incredible 38-yard TD run with a minute left. But Jameis Winston stormed down the field, and completed a pass to Kelvin Benjamin for the win."

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Florida State wins final BCS championship; Seminoles rally to defeat Auburn Tigers 34-31

by Steve Hummer

"So this is how the SEC’s hammerlock on college football is broken. Not simply, certainly. Not without four quarters of proud resistance. And not by anyone undeserving...Rallying from a 21-10 halftime deficit, Florida State brought all its talent and speed to bear in the second to defeat Auburn 34-31 on Monday night, claiming its third-ever national championship and first since 1999...Also of interest to that part of the country grown weary of a one-conference system in college football, the Seminoles put to rest the SEC’s streak of seven straight national titles."

Tallahassee Democrat / Florida Today - FSU wins thriller over Auburn for National Championship

by Corey Clark

"Jameis Winston already held legendary status at Florida State, becoming the youngest Heisman Trophy winner in college football history. On Monday night, he cemented his legacy with the drive of a lifetime...Trailing by four, with 1:11 left, Winston drove the Seminoles 80 yards in 56 seconds, finishing off this instant classic of a championship game with a 2-yard TD pass to Kelvin Benjamin with 13 seconds left...And when the Florida State defense stopped Auburn on its next two plays, the Seminoles had won the 2013 national championship 34-31."

Orlando Sentinel - FSU rallies from 18-point deficit to beat Auburn 34-31 in BCS title game

by Iliana Limón Romero

"After dominating opponents all season, No. 1 FSU had to rally from an 18-point deficit to win the BCS National Championship Game at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, Calif...The Tigers dominated every phase of the game early, with the Auburn defense frustrating Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston much of the night...However, FSU showed some signs of life late in the second quarter, early in the third quarter and early the fourth quarter to trim Auburn's lead...In the final five minutes of the fourth quarter, the Seminoles finally delivered the knockout blows to seal a perfect 14-0 season."

Tampa Tribune - Florida State breaks SEC run as final No. 1 in AP

"Florida State is No. 1 in the final Associated Press college football poll, ending the Southeastern Conference's record streak of national championships...The Seminoles received all 60 first-place votes from the media panel after beating Auburn 34-31 in the BCS championship game on Monday night in the Rose Bowl...Florida State's third AP national title ties it for ninth-most with rival Florida and Texas."

The Auburn Plainsman - Auburn’s miraculous run comes to an end at the Rose Bowl

by Will Gaines

"Auburn has needed last second heroics time and time again this season, and all of those times they came out on the winning side...That streak ended in the BCS National Championship game as the Tigers fell to No. 1 Florida State 34-31 on a last second touchdown pass from Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Jameis Winston."

Tallahasee.com - Welcome Back, Florida State Football

"Top-ranked FSU captured the program’s third national title on Monday night – in DRAMATIC fashion...It’s worth repeating...D.R.A.M.A.T.I.C...The Seminoles scored 14 points in the final 4:31, including the game-winner on Jameis Winston’s 2-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin with 13 seconds remaining, to upend No. 2 Auburn 34-31."

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