PASADENA, Calif. — Thank you, BCS.
This may have been the best game yet, and now we have to say goodbye. It's been fun and controversial and maddening and wrong, but Monday was so very right.
There were three lead changes in the fourth quarter between Florida State and Auburn.
It was a heart-stopping, show-stopping, hell of a way to end the BCS era.
Who would've thought we'd be left wanting anything more from the BCS?
Florida State rallied from an 18-point deficit in the first half to beat Auburn 34-31 and remain undefeated.
Florida State is the last BCS National Championship winner, the final one played out at the Rose Bowl with more dramatic fashion than we'd ever endured during the BCS' tumultuous season.
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The Seminoles scored on a drive engineered by Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, who had been a hot mess most of the game. They had all of 79 seconds left on the clock to start that drive, and Winston ended his redshirt freshman season with a 2-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin with 13 seconds left.
This game rivaled the fantastic Texas-USC game in 2005 that ended with Vince Young running for a touchdown with 19 seconds left to leave the Trojans devastated.
Monday's game was even more down to the wire.
Auburn had two plays left to pull out another miracle — as it did in its SEC Championship win over Alabama — but it wouldn't happen this time.
It was a thrilling win for the BCS as we head to a college football playoff system next season.
Long after the game was over, Seminoles fans were doing their tomahawk jam. They didn't want to leave.
Auburn had just scored on a beautiful 37-yard run by running back Tre Mason to give the Tigers a 31-27 lead with 79 seconds left. He broke one tackle and was gone, scoring on his feet.
Auburn seemed destined to win, especially after that early 21-3 lead.
Undeterred, Winston finally showed poise unlike any situation he'd faced this season.
With an ending like this, we want one more BCS game.
Who would've thought?
So much attention was on Winston carving up pedestrian defenses, but Auburn's defense was fast and physical, and Winston's decision-making skills were terrible much of the game.
During warm-ups, Winston was serenaded by Seminoles fans with “Happy Birthday” — then had one big play in the first half.
Florida State seemed doomed after it scored to pull within two points and a 2-point conversion try was supposed to be on tap before an unsportsmanlike penalty for taunting on Devonta Freeman changed that.
Florida State had to kick the extra point, and trailed 21-20 early in the fourth quarter.
Imagine if the game ended like that.
There was one field goal and three more touchdowns and a whole lot of breath-taking plays still to come.
This was maybe the best BCS game yet.
What an end to a tumultuous BCS era. There could not have been a more perfect ending.