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Wrapping up the bowls: Highlights, analysis of every 2013-14 bowl game

Published: Saturday, Jan. 4 2014 5:32 p.m. MST

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No. 1 Florida State 34, No. 2 Auburn 31

PASADENA, Calif. — Jameis 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 last BCS national championship game on Monday night.

Winston struggled much of the night but was near perfect when the Seminoles (14-0) needed it most, going 6 for 7 for 77 yards on the game-winning 80-yard drive. A pass interference penalty on Auburn's Chris Davis gave Florida State a first-and-goal at the 2 and on the next play Winston hit his big receiver for the touchdown.

"I said this from Day 1 in spring ball. These kids are special," coach Jimbo Fisher said. "This group never faltered. They wanted to be elite. They wanted to go to the top and there's so much character in this group."

Tre Mason had given Auburn (12-2) a 31-27 lead with a 37-yard touchdown run with 1:19 left after Kermit Whitfield had put Florida State in the lead for the first time since the first quarter with a 100-yard kickoff return to make it 27-24 with 4:31 left.

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Rikitikitavi
Cardston, Alberta

Reminds me of the Three Stooges...who's on first...until there is an actual playoff, there is no REAL national champion. Hopefully that pathetic reality will be remedied next year with at least the (supposed) top four teams in a (supposed) playoff.

BlueHusky
Mission Viejo, CA

When I was a kid, we watched the New Years Day bowls, especially the Rose Bowl. Those were great games between conference champions. They were big games. There were a couple of lesser bowls. PAC-12 and Big10 teams not winning the championship were not allowed to play in any other bowl games. "Intersectional games" were games between teams from different parts of the country and were few. Rose, Cotton, Sugar, and Orange. Those were the big games.

Now? Meh.

Only a team's fans watch them in one of the thirty bowl games.

I watched the Fight Hunger Bowl featuring my two teams. I watched half of the Rose Bowl. Most of Oregon State vs Boise.

BCS Championship? Couldn't care less.

Football needs a December Madness playoff system. 16 teams. That would be huge. Conference champions and the top ranked non-conference teams. OK, maybe 24 teams. That's it.

People would watch those games.

Igualmente
Mesa, AZ

Just watched the irrelevant bowl, aka godaddy bowl between Arkansas St and Ball St. That game had no business being played January 5th. Why doesn't the NCAA control that?

And the 4 team playoff will still be the opinion poll ranked top 4. Decide it on the field with a field of 24 conference champions and others like the FCS did yesterday with North Dakota St winning.

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