While the SEC team did not win the BCS Title Game last night, it appeared to me that the more SEC like team once again won the BCS Title Game. FSU had a great offense and a more traditional SEC style defense. I am not ready to bury the SEC due to this one loss but I am concerned that the switch to a more offense first league does more to lessen the gap between the SEC and other leagues. In some sense I feel that that this shift in game philosophy is the SEC dumbing down to the rest of the nation and may hurt the SEC in the long run.
Florida State 34 – Auburn 31. Video Highlights
1. Leading at one point 21-3, Auburn can’t withstand furious Florida State rally. Seminoles score winning touchdown with 13 seconds in a wild fourth-quarter finish.
2. No team had ever lead by 18 points in BCS title game and lost. Kevin Scarbinsky: “They should’ve won the game.”
3. Matt Hayes: “Welcome to the new age of college football: he who has the ball last wins. It’s just that simple.”
4. Auburn cornerback Chris Davis called for interference on game-winning drive, was covering FSU receiver Kelvin Benjamin on game-winning touchdown.
6. FSU freshman Kermit Whitfield: “The fastest team in America was Florida State. The evidence proved it tonight.”
7. Auburn defense held Florida State to 385 yards – FSU came in averaging 529 yards a game.
8. Impressive night for Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall. ”There’s not anyone else I want playing quarterback for us other than No. 14.”
9. Florida State victory snaps SEC seven-game winning streak in title game. Commissioner Mike Slive: “ What we have done is unprecedented. And no one will ever equal it.”
10. “It was fitting that the BCS era – and the SEC’s reign – ended in the spiritual home of college football.”
11. Florida State fans chant “We Want Bama.”
12. AJ McCarron mom’s tweet during Jameis Winston postgame interview – “Am I listening to English?” (later deleted)
13. Final coaches poll features seven SEC teams: Auburn 2, South Carolina 4, Missouri 5, Alabama 8, LSU 14, Texas A&M 18, Vanderbilt 23. Sidenote – three of the top five teams, including Auburn and Missouri, were not ranked at one point.
14, Fina AP poll - same seven teams with two differences; Alabama is 7 and Vanderbilt is 24.