Florida State 34, Auburn 31
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[January 08, 2014]
PASADENA, Calif. — No. 1 Florida State 34, No. 2 Auburn
31: Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston threw a 2-yard touchdown pass
to Kelvin Benjamin with 13 seconds remaining as the Seminoles recovered
from an 18-point deficit to defeat the Tigers in the Vizio BCS National
Championship Game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.
Levonte Whitfield returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and
Winston threw a TD pass to Chad Abram in a 21-point fourth quarter
as Florida State (14-0) won its first national crown in 14 years.
Winston, who passed for 237 yards, went 6-of-7 for 77 yards on the
decisive drive and Benjamin soared high above Auburn’s Chris Davis
to haul in the winning points.
Tre Mason rushed for 195 yards, including a 37-yard score with 1:19
remaining to give the Tigers (12-2) a four-point lead. Nick Marshall
passed for two touchdowns and rushed for one for Auburn, which built
a 21-3 over the first 25 minutes.
The Tigers possessed an eight-point lead entering the final quarter
and the Seminoles pulled within 21-20 when Winston tossed an 11-yard
scoring pass to Abram with 10:55 remaining. Auburn pushed its lead
to four after a 23-yard field goal by Cody Parkey before Whitfield
fielded the ensuing kickoff and meandered toward the left sideline
and scampered untouched to give Florida State a 27-24 lead with 4:31
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Florida State struck first on Roberto Aguayo’s 35-yard field
goal before Auburn scored three consecutive touchdowns. Marshall
tossed a 12-yard scoring pass to Mason late in the first quarter
and spotted an uncovered Melvin Ray for a 50-yard catch-and-run
score to make it 14-3 with 13:48 left in the first half.
Winston lost a fumble that was recovered by Auburn’s Anthony
Swain at the Seminoles’ 27-yard line midway through the quarter
and the Tigers cashed in on Marshall’s 4-yard run with 5:01 left
until halftime. Florida State converted a fake-punt play on its
ensuing possession to keep a drive alive and ultimately cut its
deficit to 21-10 on Devonta Freeman’s 3-yard run with 1:28 to
GAME NOTEBOOK: Florida State WR Rashad Greene led all receivers
with nine receptions for 147 yards. … Auburn DE Dee Ford had two
sacks. … The victory by the Seminoles of the ACC ends the SEC’s
run of seven straight championships.
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