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What was the Best BCS Title Game?

Quarterback Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles passes the ball in the fourth quarter
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It was an end to era last night, as Florida State defeated Auburn, 34-31 in the final Bowl Championship Series title game on Monday night.

Over the last 15 years, the BCS caused plenty of controversy, but it also provided for plenty of memorable moments.

To remember the BCS, let’s recap its best moments, as college football sets to embark on a new system next season.

1. Texas defeats USC, 41-38, at the Rose Bowl in the 2005-2006 season.

USC was No. 1 all season, while Texas was No. 2. USC was led by Heisman Trophy winners Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush, and was largely the favorite. In the end, the top team didn’t have all the luck, and Texas pulled off one the best finishes to upset the mighty Trojans of Southern California. The Longhorns were led by Vince Young, who dashed for the endzone and two-point conversion with 19 seconds left to win 41-38.

2. Ohio State stuns Miami (Fla.) in double overtime, 31-24 in the 2002-2003 season. 

The Miami Hurricanes were up 24-17 in overtime, but Ohio State had the ball with 4th-and-3 on the five-yard line. Can you sense the drama?

The play begins, Craig Krenzel drops back, and he tosses an incomplete pass to Chris Gamble in the endzone. Miami thinks they have just won a national championship. But wait, there’s a penalty flag. Miami’s Glen Sharpe gets penalized for pass interference on Gamble and the Buckeyes get the ball on the two-yard line with first-and-goal. Krenzel would sneak in for a 1-yard score and the Buckeyes and Hurricanes were off to a second overtime. Maurice Clarett’s five-yard touchdown in the second overtime capped off a dramatic, yet controversial BCS title for the Buckeyes.

3. Florida State comes back down 18 to beat Auburn, 34-31 in the 2013-2014 season. 

Last night’s game was an instant classic. Auburn was a team of destiny, and Florida State was a dominating team. Auburn got up 21-3 on Florida State, and it appeared Jameis Winston’s Seminoles were toast. But, Jimbo Fisher called a fake punt that sparked the Seminoles, and they scored to make it 21-10 before halftime. Florida State netted the only points of the third quarter with a field goal, and it was 21-13.

Entering the last quarter of the last BCS title game, the Seminoles believed, and Winston hit Chad Abram for an 11-yard touchdown pass. It was a whole new football game, as Auburn now clinged to a 21-20 lead. The Tigers got a field goal expanded their lead to four with 4:42 left, but on the ensuing kickoff, LeVonte Whitfield went 100-yards for the score. Florida State now owned its first lead at 27-21.  Auburn wasn’t done, though, either. Heisman finalist Tre Mason put the Tigers back up 31-27 with a 37-yard score. With 1:19 remaining, Winston wanted to prove to the nation why he won the Heisman. He did, too. Winston hit Kelvin Benjamin in the endzone with 13 seconds left to give the Seminoles a 34-31 lead. Auburn got one more play, but there were no more prayers left for destiny’s team. Florida State was the national champions at the Granddaddy of them of all in Pasadena.

 

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