Published January 7, 2014 - 12:46amNEW: Follow on facebook -
Whew! Catch your breath. Imagine how those Big Ten referees felt calling that game. They haven’t seen that type of speed from both teams the entire season.
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Florida State beat Auburn 34-31 in one of the best BCS Championships in history, and it’s only fitting the era was closed out on such a thrilling note. Now, we usher in the College Football Playoff, and exciting days are ahead.
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Here are a few quick takeaways:
Two turning points:
- FSU’s brilliant fake punt call in the second quarter that helped flip momentum heading into halftime was the key play. The Noles cut the lead to 21-10 and captured momentum heading into the locker room. If not for that fake punt, Auburn would have been in complete control.
- The second was FSU’s 100-yard kickoff return to get the 27-24 lead in the fourth quarter. I’m not sure Levonte Whitfield’s feet were ever touching the ground. Auburn had another special teams blunder.
- One of the most impressive performances of the night came from Auburn’s unsung hero: its defense. The plan to win from Ellis Johnson was executed much throughout the game, with the final FSU drive being a letdown. The Tigers were getting pressure on Jameis Winston early and often, and they hit him more in the first half than he’s been hit all year in any game.
- RB Tre Mason became Auburn’s single-season rushing leader, breaking the great Bo Jackson’s record. Mason rushed 34 times for 195 yards and one touchdown. Auburn rushed for 232 yards as a team.
- QB Nick Marshall was good, throwing for 217 yards and two touchdowns but one costly INT in the second half.
- Outside of the punter Steven Clark, Auburn’s special teams weren’t much. In fact, Cody Parkey missed a field goal that ultimately was the difference on the scoreboard. Three different Auburn players bobbled punts or kicks, and the Noles made a huge play on the fake punt.
- The missed touchdown pass on the opening drive was huge, and Auburn left 10 points on the board with the missed field goal and the missed/dropped pass.
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