A 2-yard touchdown pass from Jameis Winston to Kelvin Benjamin with 13 seconds left in the final BCS college football title game gave Florida State a 34-31 victory over Auburn, preserved a perfect season for the ACC’s Seminoles (14-0) and ended the SEC’s string of consecutive national championships at seven.
The winning pass capped off an 80-yard, 66-second scoring drive, aided by a pass interference call that gave FSU the ball, first-and-goal, on the 2-yard line. Winston was 6-for-7 for 77 yards on the final drive, and finished the game 20-for-35 for 237 yards and two touchdowns. Rashad Greene caught nine of Winston’s passes for 147 yards.
Freshman Levante “Kermit” Washington had given Florida State a 27-24 lead with 4:31 remaining by breaking a 100-yard kickoff return, but Auburn running back Tre Mason put Auburn (12-2) back on top 31-27 with a 37-yard breakaway at 1:19. Mason finished with 195 rushing yards. Tigers quarterback Nick Marshall completed 14-of-27 passes for two TD’s with one interception.
The Bowl Championship Series will be replaced next season by a four-team college football playoff.