Highlights Florida St. rally to beat Auburn in title game: Monday night’s BCS National Championship Game was one of the best ever, as Florida State capped a furious rally from an 18-point deficit against underdog Auburn to score the winning touchdown with 13 seconds left and snatch victory from defeat at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
The Auburn Tigers dominated the heavily-favored Florida State Seminoles in the first half, seizing a 21-3 lead and appeared on the verge of blowing the Seminoles out – something no one expected prior to the game.
Florida State’s Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston looked rattled and the Auburn defense was stuffing the high-powered Seminole offense.
Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall threw two touchdown passes in the first half, the second a 50-yard blast to a wide-open Melvin Ray. The Tigers’ Tre Mason, who finished with 195 yards, was running wild and things did not look good for the Seminoles.
It looked more and more like another Southeastern Conference blowout win in the national title game, one that would have given the SEC its eighth straight national championship.
But Florida State gained some momentum with a perfectly executed fake punt near the end of the first half which allowed it to close the gap to 21-10 at the break.
Still down 21-13 early in the fourth quarter, Florida State finally came alive. Winston threw a touchdown pass to cut the deficit to 21-20 early in the final period. It stayed that way until the game’s final five minutes, which would see a total of 24 points scored by both teams, as the lead switched back and forth.
After a field goal increased Auburn’s lead to 24-20 with 4:42 left, Florida State freshman Levonte Whitfield returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for a dramatic touchdown to give the Seminoles the lead 27-24.
Then on Auburn’s next drive, Tre Mason ran over the Seminole defense on a 37-yard touchdown run that looked like another dramatic comeback game-winner for the Tigers.
But in the closing minute, Winston drove his team 80 yards downfield, throwing the winning 2-yard touchdown pass with just 13 seconds left.
Watch highlights of the Florida State vs Auburn national championship game.