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Florida State Beat Auburn in the Best Championship Game of the BCS Era (GIFs)

jameis winston national champion florida state

What a title game. Two deserving, evenly-matched opponents. A fake punt and a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Four scores and three lead changes inside the final five minutes. An 18-point comeback and the best team—led by the best player—won? After 16 years of controversy, the BCS system got everything right in its final year of existence. Go figure.

Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston and the Florida State Seminoles are the 2013 National Champions. Here’s how it happened.

First, as mentioned, there was the fake punt by FSU on 4th & 4 from their own 40. It kept their drive alive when they were trailing 21-3 in the second quarter, and they would go on to score a touchdown that made it 21-10 at the half:

fsu fake punt national title game vs auburn

Then in the third quarter, after the Tigers had just kicked a field goal to extend their lead to 24-20 with 4:42 left in the game, the Seminoles took their first lead of the game on this pretty standard 100-yard kickoff return touchdown by freshman Levonte Whitfield:

florida state kickoff return td championship game

But Auburn showed why they were deserving of a shot at the national title by responding with a 75-yard, 3:12 drive that culminated in a 37-yard “NOBODY GONNA TACKLE ME” touchdown run from Tre Mason:

auburn rushing touchdown championship game

The only problem? Auburn scored too quickly. So FSU got the ball back with 1:19 left on the clock, and Jameis Winston just marched the ball down the field and won the game on this pass to 6’5″ sophomore Kelvin Benjamin:

jameis winston to kelvin benjamin championship touchdown

jameis winston to kelvin benjamin championship touchdown

And that was that. Game over. Seminoles win.

So what did the Heisman winner do at that point? Well, first Winston gave this impassioned interview to ESPN:

Then he gave everyone a heart attack by pretending to drop the BCS trophy:

Jameis winston bcs crystal ball

A champion and a joker? Jameis Winston is the complete package.




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