The dominance of the SEC in the Bowl Championship Series has officially ended.
Florida State University completes an undefeated season at 14-0 by knocking off Auburn University, ending their Cinderella run and the dominance of the Southeastern Conference while completing a comeback. Down 21-10 at the half, the Seminoles never gave up and continued to play their game. This game went back and forth and gave fans of not just both teams, but of football as a whole perhaps the most tightly-contested championship game in the past few years.
The turning point of the game, in my opinion, was the interception by the Seminoles. The Tigers were driving and looking to increase their lead when the pass was intercepted by P.J. Williams. The ball was then fumbled by Williams and could have put the Tigers back in business, but it so happened that LaMarcus Joyner was in the right place in the right time and recovered it, allowing the Seminoles to drive down the field and score to make it 21-20. Had the Tigers drove down the field, they would have been up 24-13 or worse 28-13, and the game would have more than likely ended. After the score, it looked as if whichever team scored last would win the game, and that prediction did not disappoint.
Give credit to Auburn for the fight that they gave the No. 1 team in the nation, and even gave the Seminoles their first halftime deficit of the season and looked like a team of destiny to complete the Cinderella run. But Heisman-winning quarterback Jameis Winston proved that he had the comeback ability of an NFL quarterback. The game-winning drive almost reminds you of what Vince Young did for the Texas Longhorns against the USC Trojans.
With the BCS ending and going into a playoff-style format starting next year, there is no question that both of these teams’ performance gave us all quite a show. A true down-to-the-wire game is perhaps the best way to end the era of the Bowl Championship Series.