Fake punts and goalline stands. Goalline rushes and game-winning touchdown passes. The Auburn Tigers conjured up a lot of magic this season en route to a magical year, but on Monday night, the magic ran out as the Florida State Seminoles won the 2014 BCS National Championship — the last BCS ever.
The BCS goes kaput in favor of a playoff system next year, but before that, the last BCS crystal ball will reside in Seminole nation. The Auburn defense was especially stingy early Monday night and deserves just as much credit as its prolific offense — headed by quarterback Nick Marshall and running back Tre Mason. Auburn even took a 21-10 lead into the half, but the second half was a Jameis Winston showcase.
The Seminoles were simply swift with the execution and deserve the title with a very convincing win that carried high stakes. Winston channeled his inner Ray Lewis in a spirited post-game interview where he declared how proud he was to be a Seminole.
Never mind the huge monetary gain that comes with a title, this Florida State squad beat a team of destiny and in the process wrote its own storybook ending. While their close victory Monday ended with it’s own Seminole magic there was nothing sleight of hand about how this team went out and handled its business.
What a fitting victory for a team and Heisman winner that played with so much heart and toughness. What a joy to watch.