In one of the best college football games that the nation has ever seen, the Florida State Seminoles beat the Auburn Tigers 34-31 in a back and forth game that resembled a boxing match. Punch. Counterpunch. Punch. Counterpunch. The BCS era ends with maybe its most memorable game of all-time. Congratulations to the Florida State Seminoles. Some thoughts:
(That might have been the craziest final 5 minutes of football that I have ever seen. Insanity. I’ve had to add line after line to this post. Bear with me.)
– You want drama? How about the Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston getting the ball in his hands at the 19-yard line with 1:11 left in the ball game and two timeouts.
– Winston throws a touchdown pass with 13 seconds left in the game to give Auburn a 34-31 lead! The Heisman Trophy winner was 6-7 for 77- yards on the final drive, and after a lackluster game, came through when it mattered most.
– It looked like we would have another miracle for Auburn. Star running back Tre Mason, whose dad was a member of De La Soul, ripped the Seminoles hearts out with a 37-yard touchdown run with 1:19 left in this game. 195 rushing yards for Mason, who capped off an excellent season with a monster game in the BCS Title Game.
– LeVonte Whitfield took a kickoff return 100 yards with 4:31 seconds left to give the Seminoles a 27-24 lead. It seemed like Auburn had been burned with a taste of their own medicine, but the Tigers were not dead, and had one more miracle left in them.
– If Auburn won the MVP of the game could have been their punter Steven Clark, who was incredible in a pressure situation, regularly pinning the Seminoles inside their own 10 yard line.
– There were several special teams miscues by Auburn, including two botched punts, which could have turned into huge turnovers by the Tigers.
– Neither team seemed to be in game shape due to the layoff, but this showed up more for the Seminoles, where Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Jameis Winston seemed slow and All-American defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan was gassed and unable to stay in the field. I look forward to the playoff next season, the lack of a layoff will keep these kids in football shape, and we should see less rust.
– Jameis Winston seemed off game long, and missed a lot of throws high, which is tough to do with all of his giant weapons in the passing game. Until the final drive. Then he looked like the man who won the Heisman when it mattered most.
– Auburn covered. Big for this blogger who had them at (+9). Great game. Fatter pockets.