David J. Phillip, Associated Press
PASADENA, Calif. — America, meet Kermit Whitfield.
In a game with a Heisman winner, a Heisman finalist and future NFL players everywhere, a true freshman pulled Florida State off life support and helped the Seminoles comeback for a 34-31 victory over Auburn in the final BCS championship game.
The Seminoles trailed 24-20 with less than five minutes remaining when Auburn kicked off following a 22-yard field goal. Whitfield, one of the fastest players in the country, caught the ball in the end zone and took off up the left seam. Teammate Karlos Williams made a block and an Auburn player got out of his lane to open a gaping alley.
Whitfield was never touched en route to a 100-yard kickoff return that gave the Seminoles their first lead since going up 3-0 in the first quarter.
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