Jameis Winston leads Florida State past Auburn for 3rd national title

Monday, January 6, 2014 | 11:24 p.m. CST; updated 3:22 p.m. CST, Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Florida State's Jameis Winston runs past Auburn's Kris Frost during the first half of the BCS Championship game on Monday in Pasadena, Calif. The No. 1 Seminoles beat the No. 2 Tigers 34-31 on a touchdown pass from Winston with 13 seconds left.

PASADENA, Calif. — Quarterback Jameis Winston threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin with 13 seconds left and No. 1 Florida State beat No. 2 Auburn 34-31 on Monday to win the last BCS national championship game.

Winston struggled much of the night but was near perfect when the Seminoles (14-0) needed it most, going 6 for 7 for 77 yards on the game-winning 80-yard drive. A pass interference penalty on Auburn's Chris Davis gave Florida State a first-and-goal at the 2, and on the next play Winston hit his big receiver for the touchdown.

Running back Tre Mason had given Auburn (12-2) a 31-27 lead with a 37-yard touchdown run with 1:19 left after Seminoles returner Kermit Whitfield had put Florida State in the lead for the first time since the first quarter with a 100-yard kickoff return to make it 27-24 with 4:31 left.

Mason, a Heisman trophy finalist, finished with 195 rushing yards.

Winston, who won the Heisman this year, was 20 for 35 for 237 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdown passes.

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