The first BCS game was played in Tempe Arizona at Sun Devil Stadium between Florida State and Tennessee. That last BCS championship game was played in Pasadena, California at the Rose Bowl between Florida State and Auburn. And in a fitting end to the BCS era, Florida State prevailed and won its second BCS championship, defeating Auburn 34-31. It was a thrilling game and Florida State proved that after a season of blowouts they could play the entire four quarters.
The Seminoles scored the winning touchdown with just 13 seconds remaining in the game. Their score came after Auburn had driven the length of the field and scored a touchdown to go ahead 31-27 with just 1:30 remaining, when Florida State and their Heisman trophy-winning Freshman QB Jameis Winston went on offense.
Three key plays enabled the FSU victory: a fake punt, a kickoff return for a touchdown, and a pass interference call in the end zone on FSU’s final drive.
Auburn jumped out to a commanding 21-3 lead due to an aggressive defense that heavily pressured the freshman Heisman winner Winston. However, hat tip has to go out to the FSU Coaching staff for making the requisite adjustments enabling the vaunted FSU offense to click.
The Seminoles broke the seven-year BCS domination of the Southeastern Conference, and if Auburn had won last night, the State of Alabama could have boasted winning the last five BCS championships. Next year Division I college football will go to a four team playoff.
Congratulations to the Florida State University Seminoles. “Fear the Spear!” The State of Florida has a college football champion.
Now of course the question will be, how long before President Obama and NBC sportscaster Bob Costas come out and chastise Florida State for their mascot?