By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer
No. 2 Auburn fell to Florida State in the Bowl Championship Series game, surrendering the Southeastern Conference’s domination to the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The fierce game went through four lead changes in the final 4:42 before Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston managed a 2-yard touchdown pass with 13 seconds left. The Seminoles ended the game 34-31, and Winston was 6-for-7 for 77 yards on the final drive.
“Jameis grew up unbelievably tonight,” said Jimbo Fisher, the Seminoles coach. “He struggled, but tonight’s probably the best football game he’s ever played. Because he struggled early. And that’s what big-time players do when the money’s on the line, they can suck it up in the fourth quarter and do what they have to do.”
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn expressed disappointment. “We’ve got a lot of competitors in our locker room,” he said. “They’re disappointed. It went back and forth, a lot of little plays swung, but you’ve got to give them guys credit. They drove the field and they scored towards the end and found a way to win.”
Featured image courtesy of Florida State Seminoles Football Facebook.