"It's All About The Game"

Florida State wins final $$ BCS Championship






Robert Stephens, Featured Reporter

Big games, big money.


January 21, 2014 - Florida State completed their perfect season with a come from behind 34-31 win over Auburn to win the school’s second BCS championship before a crowd of 94,208 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

The Seminoles victory ended the SEC’s streak of seven consecutive BCS titles.

Quarterback Heisman trophy winner Jameis Winston
fought thru a tough first half and led the Seminoles down the field with 1:09 remaining throwing a 3 yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin with 13 seconds remaining as the ACC champs finished their season with a record of 14-0.

Winston led the 'Noles to a 'chip.

Winston faced a 21-10 deficit at the half as the Tigers from the SEC Conference took the early lead. The red shirt freshman led the Seminoles to two fourth quarter touchdowns aided by a 100 yard kickoff return by Levonte Freeman as the Seminoles took a 27-24 lead with 4:31 remaining in the fourth quarter.

The two teams traded scores with Auburn taking a 31-27 lead with 1:19 remaining on a 37 yard run by Tre Mason.

Winston showing his poise as the Heisman winner leading his team down the field in 1:06 as the Seminoles took the lead for good at 34-31.

Winston finished his nights work 20-35-237 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Rashard Green led the Seminole wide receivers with 9 catches for 147 yards. Kelvin Benjamin who caught the winning pass finished with 4 catches and 54 yards.

Devonta Freeman led the Seminole ground game with 73 yards on 11 carries and one touchdown.

Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall led the Tigers with 262 total yards on offense. Marshall threw for 14-27-217 yards and two touchdowns as well as rushing for 45 yards.

Tre Mason was standout rushing for 34-191 and one touchdown.

According To Forbes magazine at face value the average ticket retailed for $866. Students received a discount ticket for $300.

Payout $ 18 million.

FSU's defense smothered Auburn at times.

The Rose Bowl featured Big-10 champion Michigan State and PAC-12 champion Stanford in their traditional
format. Michigan State who slowly progressed during the season edged the Buckeyes before 95,173 at the Rose Bowl. Did you notice that the attendance for the Rose Bowl was slightly larger than the BCS title game.

Spartan quarterback Connor Cook led State, completing 22-36-332 yards and two touchdowns. Cook threw to 9 different receivers.

Jerry Langford led the Spartan rushing attack with 84 yards on 23 carries.

Michigan State improved to 13-1 on the season

Stanford dropped to 11-3.

Payout $ 17 million.

The Sugar Bowl featured two time defending champion Alabama and Oklahoma from the BIG-12.

Oklahoma jumped out to a 31-17 half time lead and never looked back defeating the Crimson Tide 45-1 before a crowd of 70,473 in New Orleans.

Sooner quarterback Trevor Knight completed 32-44-348 yards and 4 touchdowns to lead the way.

The Sooners entered the game as 16 point underdogs. I wonder if Alabama really came to play ? Don’t want to take anything away from the Sooners, a highly respected national program.

Oklahoma improved to 11-2. Alabama dropped to 11-2.

Payout $ 17 million.

Clemson from the ACC defeated BIG-10 Ohio State 40-35 in the Orange Bowl before 72,080 at Miami Gardens.

Clemson quarterback Taj Boyd torched the Ohio State defense for 505 total yards ! Boyd finished his work on the Buckeyes defense throwing for 31-40-378 yards and 5 touchdowns. Boyd also ran for 127 yards and one touchdown.

Sammy Watkins his favorite receiver caught 16 passes for 227 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Clemson improved to 11-2. Ohio State dropped to 12-2.

Payout $ 17 million.

The Fiesta Bowl from Phoenix featured Central Florida from the American Athletic Conference and Baylor from the BIG-12.

In another surprise Central Florida led by their quarterback Blake Bortles 20-31-301 yards and 3 touchdowns defeated the Bears 52-42 in an offensive shootout. Borttles also ran for 93 yards and one touchdown.

The Knights who improved to 12-1 were playing in their first BCS bowl. Baylor dropped to 11-2.

Payout $ 17 million.

Their were a few non $ BCS games that featured programs of national prominence.

The Cotton Bowl 72,690
Missouri (12-2) 41
Oklahoma St. (10-3) 31
Payoff $ 3.375 million.

Capital One Bowl 56,629
South Carolina (11-2) 34
Wisconsin (9-4) 24
Payoff $ 4.550 million

Chick-fil-a 67,946
Texas A&M (9-4) 52
Duke (10-4) 42
Payout $ 3.970 (SEC) $2.930 (ACC)

Gator 60,712
Nebraska (9-4) 24
Georgia (8-5) 19
Payoff $ 3.5 MILLION

Charlie Strong former head coach of Louisville who turned the program around has been named as the head coach of Texas. Strong will be the first black coach in the school’s history. Of course their are a lot of schools that could say that.

I enjoyed bringing you the college 2013-2014 season. I hope you enjoyed it as well. You can hit me on Facebook for comments.

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