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The National Championship Game

Florida State 34, Auburn 31

Seminoles stop Auburn, snag a title for the ACC

Seminoles stop Auburn, snag a title for the ACC

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So this is how the SEC’s hammerlock on college football is broken. Not simply, certainly. Not without four quarters of proud resistance. And not by anyone undeserving.

Rallying from a 21-10 halftime deficit, Florida State brought all its talent and speed to bear in the second to defeat Auburn 34-31 on Monday night, claiming its third-ever national championship and first since 1999.

Also of interest to that part of the country grown weary of a one-conference system in college football, the Seminoles put to rest the SEC’s streak of seven straight national titles.

Opinion: Mark Bradley

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Joey Ivansco

Historic FSU drive snaps the SEC’s title run

The BCS era of college football ended on the night a seven-season run of SEC ownership went bust. Florida State, the team that hadn’t been tested, faced down Auburn, the team that made it to the Rose Bowl on the wings of two victories made in either heaven or Hollywood, and with 13 seconds remaining Kelvin Benjamin snatched a Jameis Winston toss from the California sky — rising above Chris Davis, the hero of the Iron Bowl — and hugged it to his chest.

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Opinion: Dave George

FSU’s perfect season topped by fantastic finish

It wasn’t utterly dominant this time, but Monday night’s BCS championship comeback against audacious Auburn was about as perfect an ending to a perfect 14-0 Florida State season as anyone could wish.

Blasting all the way back from a 21-10 halftime deficit, the Seminoles minted their own kind of miracle. It was a touchdown pass from Jameis Winston to Kelvin Benjamin with 13 seconds remaining that squeezed the last drop of destiny out of the Tigers, who had made a habit this season of pulling games out of the fire in the wackiest ways.

Tweets from the BCS championship game

Bruce Feldman @BFeldmanCBS

#Michigan State LB Denicos Allen RT @D_ALLEN_28 I’d take us over both these teams just saying…

Jerry Palm @jppalmCBS

Winston may need a diaper change at halftime.

Awful Announcing @awfulannouncing

Tim Tebow was dropping some serious knowledge there on ESPN2 and he got cut off. Someone’s getting suspended for that.


College football after the BCS

This was the final season of the long-lampooned BCS system for determining college football’s national champion.

As in the past 15 seasons, the national-title game matched the teams ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in the BCS standings, which were derived from a controversial mathematical formula combining human and computer polls. Beginning next season, the BCS will be scrapped and replaced by a four-team College Football Playoff.


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