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(Monday, January 6th)

Final Score: (1) Florida State 34, (2) Auburn 31

Pasadena, CA ( - The Bowl Championship Series went out with a bang. Florida State took down the big, bad SEC. And if a favorite has ever pulled off a shocker, this was it. Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin with 13 seconds remaining to lift the top-ranked Seminoles to a 34-31 win over No. 2 Auburn in an instant- classic BCS National Championship Game on Monday at the Rose Bowl. The Seminoles (14-0) captured their third national championship and second BCS title, the last coming in 1999. The happy ending seemed a long way off when the Seminoles trailed by 18 late in the second half. Benjamin's go-ahead touchdown came during a frantic final 4:42, during which the teams combined for 24 points. Kermit Whitfield's 100-yard kickoff return after a Tigers field goal gave the Seminoles their first lead since 3-0. Tre Mason's 37-yard touchdown run then put Auburn back on top. Florida State got the ball back with 71 seconds remaining at its own 20-yard line. But Winston, so cold in the first half, went 6-for-7 on the final drive with a 49-yard pass to Rashad Greene that got Florida State past midfield. Later, the Seminoles got some help when Iron Bowl hero Chris Davis was called for pass interference on a throw into the end zone. Davis, 5-foot-11, was no match for the 6-foot-5 Benjamin on the final throw into the middle of the end zone. Winston finished 20-of-35 for 237 yards and two touchdowns despite going just 6-of-15 for 62 yards in the first half. The redshirt freshman -- cleared last month in a sexual assault investigation after a woman accused him of raping her in December 2012 -- became the first frosh to win the Heisman and a national championship in the same season. Devonta Freeman ran for 73 yards and a touchdown for the Seminoles but also was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after Chad Abram's 11-yard touchdown catch, keeping his team from going for a two-point conversion and a tie score early in the fourth quarter. Florida State trailed 21-3 before a fake punt led to a touchdown, and momentum shift, before halftime. Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall passed for 217 yards and two touchdowns -- including a 50-yarder to Melvin Ray -- and also ran for a score, but threw a fourth-quarter interception that led to a Florida State TD. Mason, the Heisman finalist, gained 195 yards on 34 carries and also had a touchdown catch for the Tigers (12-2), who were trying to win the SEC's eighth straight BCS title. Instead, the ACC-champion Seminoles became the first team outside the SEC to beat a team from that conference in the BCS title game. This is the last season of the Bowl Championship Series. The four-team College Football Playoff starts next season.

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