Florida State 34, Auburn 31

Date - Monday, January 6, 2014 8:30 PM
Location - Rose Bowl
Attendance - 94208

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Florida State 3 7 3 21 34
Auburn 7 14 0 10 31

Recap


No. 1 Florida State 34, No. 2 Auburn 31: Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin with 13 seconds remaining as the Seminoles recovered from an 18-point deficit to defeat the Tigers in the Vizio BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

Levonte Whitfield returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and Winston threw a TD pass to Chad Abram in a 21-point fourth quarter as Florida State (14-0) won its first national crown in 14 years. Winston, who passed for 237 yards, went 6-of-7 for 77 yards on the decisive drive and Benjamin soared high above Auburn’s Chris Davis to haul in the winning points.

Tre Mason rushed for 195 yards, including a 37-yard score with 1:19 remaining to give the Tigers (12-2) a four-point lead. Nick Marshall passed for two touchdowns and rushed for one for Auburn, which built a 21-3 over the first 25 minutes.

The Tigers possessed an eight-point lead entering the final quarter and the Seminoles pulled within 21-20 when Winston tossed an 11-yard scoring pass to Abram with 10:55 remaining. Auburn pushed its lead to four after a 23-yard field goal by Cody Parkey before Whitfield fielded the ensuing kickoff and meandered toward the left sideline and scampered untouched to give Florida State a 27-24 lead with 4:31 to play.

Florida State struck first on Roberto Aguayo’s 35-yard field goal before Auburn scored three consecutive touchdowns. Marshall tossed a 12-yard scoring pass to Mason late in the first quarter and spotted an uncovered Melvin Ray for a 50-yard catch-and-run score to make it 14-3 with 13:48 left in the first half.

Winston lost a fumble that was recovered by Auburn’s Anthony Swain at the Seminoles’ 27-yard line midway through the quarter and the Tigers cashed in on Marshall’s 4-yard run with 5:01 left until halftime. Florida State converted a fake-punt play on its ensuing possession to keep a drive alive and ultimately cut its deficit to 21-10 on Devonta Freeman’s 3-yard run with 1:28 to go.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Florida State WR Rashad Greene led all receivers with nine receptions for 147 yards. … Auburn DE Dee Ford had two sacks. … The victory by the Seminoles of the ACC ends the SEC’s run of seven straight championships.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 9:53
Florida State   FG  Auburn 0 - Florida State 3
1st Quarter - 3:07
Auburn   TD  Auburn 7 - Florida State 3
2nd Quarter - 13:48
Auburn   TD  Auburn 14 - Florida State 3
2nd Quarter - 5:01
Auburn   TD  Auburn 21 - Florida State 3
2nd Quarter - 1:28
Florida State   TD  Auburn 21 - Florida State 10
3rd Quarter - 6:05
Florida State   FG  Auburn 21 - Florida State 13
4th Quarter - 10:55
Florida State   TD  Auburn 21 - Florida State 20
4th Quarter - 4:42
Auburn   FG  Auburn 24 - Florida State 20
4th Quarter - 4:31
Florida State   TD  Auburn 24 - Florida State 27
4th Quarter - 1:19
Auburn   TD  Auburn 31 - Florida State 27
4th Quarter - 0:13
Florida State   TD  Auburn 31 - Florida State 34
TEAMS

Team Records

  Florida State Auburn
W/L 14 - 0 - 0 12 - 2 - 0
Conference 9 - 0 - 0 8 - 1 - 0

Team Stats

  Florida State Auburn
Score 34 31
First Downs 19 25
3rd Down Efficiency 2-for-12
17%
10-for-18
56%
4th Down Efficiency 1-for-1
100%
0-for-0
0%
Total Yards 385 449
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 31-148 53-232
Average/Rush 4.8 4.4
Passing
Comp-Att 20-35 14-27
Passing Yards 237 217
Average/Pass Play 6.1 7.5
Penalties-Yards 8-60 5-38
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 2-0
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Time of Possession 26:19 33:41

PLAYER STATS

Florida State (14 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Winston 20/35 237 2 0
Auburn (12 - 2)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
N. Marshall 14/27 217 2 1
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
D. Freeman 11 73 6.6 1
J. Winston 11 26 2.4 0
K. Williams 5 25 5.0 0
J. Wilder Jr. 3 21 7.0 0
C. Abram 1 3 3.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
T. Mason 34 195 5.7 1
N. Marshall 16 45 2.8 1
C. Artis-Payne 1 1 1.0 0
C. Grant 1 -3 -3.0 0
R. Louis 1 -6 -6.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
R. Greene 9 147 16.3 0
K. Benjamin 4 54 13.5 1
D. Freeman 3 21 7.0 0
C. Abram 1 11 11.0 1
K. Shaw 2 4 2.0 0
K. Williams 1 0 0.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
S. Coates 4 61 15.2 0
M. Ray 1 50 50.0 1
T. Mason 1 42 42.0 1
R. Louis 2 28 14.0 0
M. Davis 1 26 26.0 0
C. Uzomah 2 8 4.0 0
Q. Bray 3 4 1.3 0
N. Marshall 0 -2 0.0 0