Updated By: Jason kahn
January 7, 2014, 5:30pm
Jan 6, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Florida State Seminoles players celebrate after defeating Auburn Tigers 34-31 in the 2014 BCS National Championship game at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
Less than 12 hours after celebrating the school's third National Title, Jimbo Fisher was back at the mic. The Florida State Head Football Coach held his final press conference of the season.
Early this morning, Jimbo Fisher posed with the crystal ball one last time in California. The National Championship trophy is on its way back to Tallahassee, and Fisher doesn't expect this to be his last one, either.
“Like I say, we’re not interested in being a great team," says Fisher. "We’re interested in being a great program. And we want to be around for a long time. We got to continue it.”
Stretching a smile as wide as can be next to four National Championship trophies, each from different organizations, Fisher shows his pride.
“I can’t be more pleased and happy for those guys and coaches for what they achieved last night,” said Fisher.
This is one of the many, but most important, achievements the Seminoles have celebrated this season.
“It means a lot. Every year I’ve been here we’ve just been building and building, and we finally got to this point. And we knew that we were gonna do it. We just believed in our coaches, believed in all the teammates and we got it," says Christian Jones, FSU Senior Defensive End/Linebacker. “I just dropped to my knees, took a deep breath and just said, ‘You did this.’ Unreal.”
“We put in all of that hard work in the off-season man, grinding it out," says Timmy Jernigan, FSU Junior Defensive Tackle." Those two-a-days, those fourth quarter drills. No team worked harder than us. I think it’s very fitting that Florida State come full circle back, and like I say, maybe we don’t play in the SEC, but we play in the south and we’ve got good football, and Florida State, it’s like the reckoning. Things are back in order again.”
As the Seminoles celebrate the title upon their return home, many in the Garnet and Gold are now left with the decision to enter the NFL Draft. Some of the draft-eligible Noles were asked about it last night, but no one has officially declared.
Updated By: Jason Hurst
January 7, 2014, 5pm
As men, we come across as tough and macho, and I've been known to drop and do push-ups just to prove my point.
Ever seen a grown man cry? It's not often we allow you to see that side of us, but sports will do that. It will bring out the tears and passion.
In fact, Jimbo Fisher cried like a baby last night, but those were tears of joy, hoisting that trophy last night, his goals accomplished.
Demonte McAllister, 300 pounds, couldn't stop those tears from flowing. The emotions came out from the FSU Seminoles.
"Oh, I just wanted to run and give him a big kiss on the forehead when he caught it," says Timmy Jernigan, FSU Junior Defensive Tackle.
"Means so much," said Kenny Shaw, FSU Senior Wide Receiver. "Means all the hard work we put in the off-season finally paid off. Man, I'm happy coach Fisher got it; my teammates and seniors around me got it too."
"We believed in one another and just did it as a team," said Jacobbi McDaniel, FSU Redshirt Senior Defensive Tackle. "We achieved the best gift I'll probably ever achieve in my life, man, besides my degree. I did get my degree."
"We've been doubted all year, so nothing new to us; chip on our shoulder, and being down 18 put an extra chip on our shoulder," said Karlos Williams, FSU Junior Running Back. "They thought the game was over, and we knew the game wasn't over yet. We just needed to continue play great football had to continue to fight, and we just came out on top."
It's been 14 years since the Seminoles last won their National Championship.
Singer Prince said it best, "Party like its 1999" - and that's exactly what they are doing in Tallahassee.
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PASADENA, Calif. -- For all Jameis Winston had done as a redshirt freshman for Florida State, he never had to pull the Seminoles from the brink of defeat.
In the biggest game of the year, down by four with 79 seconds left, the Heisman Trophy winner put together the drive of his life, and the Seminoles proved they could take a punch to win a championship.
Winston threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin with 13 seconds left and No. 1 Florida State beat No. 2 Auburn 34-31 to win the BCS national title game on Monday night.
''There's a lot of heart and guts down in Tallahassee, too,'' Coach Jimbo Fisher said.
The Bowl Championship Series went out with a bang, with one of the best title games in its 16-year history. And the Southeastern Conference's seven-year winning streak in college football's biggest game was snapped by the Atlantic Coast Conference school that played in the first three BCS title games but hadn't been back since.
Winston struggled much of the night but was near perfect when the Seminoles (14-0) needed it most, going 6 for 7 for 77 yards on the game-winning 80-yard drive.
''It was the best football game he's played all year,'' Fisher said, ''and I'll tell you why, because for three quarters he was up and down and he fought.
''And to pull it out in the atmosphere and environment and with what was on the line tonight, to me if that's not a great player, I don't know who is.''
Winston was 20 for 35 for 237 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdown passes. He zipped the Seminoles down the field on the final drive, with help from a 49-yard catch and run from Rashad Green.
Florida State also got a little help. A pass interference penalty on Auburn's Chris Davis on third-and-8 from the 10 gave Florida State a first down at the 2.
''Thought it was great defense. That's all I can say,'' Davis said, adding, the officials ''should have just let us play.''
On the next play Winston flipped high to the 6-foot-5 Benjamin for the touchdown.
''Once the ball is in the air on that post route, I've got to go get it, and I did,'' Benjamin said. ''Simple as that.''
There was no miracle finish this time for the turnaround Tigers, who went from 3-9 to SEC champions in their first season under coach Gus Malzahn. They tossed the ball around on one final play, but it ended with Florida State jumping on a fumble, and the Seminoles sprinting onto the field under a storm of garnet and gold confetti.
Florida State scored 21 points in the fourth quarter, and the teams combined for 24 in a breathtaking last 4:42.
''It felt storybook again,'' Auburn defensive tackle Gabe Wright said. ''It really felt like we were going to bring it out again. We're just on the other end of the stick. It's usually us going out on the field and celebrating. It's been a long time since we had an `L' in this locker room.''
Auburn won nine straight to get here after starting the season unranked.
Tre Mason gave Auburn (12-2) a 31-27 lead with a 37-yard touchdown run with 1:19 left after Kermit Whitfield had put Florida State in the lead for the first time since the first quarter with a 100-yard kickoff return to make it 27-24 with 4:31 left.
Mason ran for 195 yards and Nick Marshall threw two touchdown passes for the Tigers.
''I told them in the locker room, we put together the biggest turnaround in the history of college football. We were on the brink of making it one of those magical seasons,'' Malzahn said.
Florida State hadn't been challenged like this all season, winning by an average of 42 points.
Florida State and Winston's biggest problem this season came off the field. Winston was investigated for a year-old sexual assault complaint in
November, but after three weeks the Florida state attorney's office determined it did not have enough evidence to charge him.
Winston, who turned 20 Monday, told his teammates before the final drive: '''Guys, we didn't come here for no reason.' I said `Y'all, this is ours, man.'''
The Seminoles were down 21-3 in the first half, and wobbling, but never fell over.
And now Florida State is national champion for the first time since 1999, the first team to win the BCS title game after being down at halftime.
Winston was jumpy against a strong Auburn pass rush, led by Dee Ford. Winston was sacked four times.
The Seminoles cut it to 21-10 with a late touchdown in the second quarter, following a faked punt and a tough 21-yard run by Winston, and chipped into Auburn's lead with a 41-yard field goal by Roberto Aguayo with 6:05 left in the third.
Meanwhile, Florida State had found some answers to Auburn's spread offense. A holding penalty that wiped out a long pass also helped keep the Tigers scoreless in the third quarter, and the Seminoles began the fourth with P.J. Williams intercepting Marshall's pass and setting up Florida State at its 38.
When Winston tossed in the flats to Chad Abram, who hurdled over a tackler on the way to an 11-yard touchdown, the lead was 21-19. Florida State was considering going for two to tie, but Devonta Freeman was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct and that pushed the extra point back 15 yards and forced the Seminoles to kick and make it 21-20.
Auburn responded with Cody Parkey's 22-yard field goal to make it 24-20 with 4:42 left.
During Winston's record-breaking season, filled with blowouts and fourth quarters spent watching from the sideline, he never faced a situation in which he had to drive his team to a winning score.
Now he had a chance to add that last line to his remarkable résumé -- until Whitfield handled it for him.
Whitfield broke through a seam around the 30 and hit the sideline at full speed. Fisher ran down the other sideline yelling ''Go! Go!'' with Winston chasing behind pumping his arms and slapping his coach on the back. Florida State was on top, but Auburn was not done and Winston would be called upon one last time.
''Only thing is we're victorious and glad to say Florida State is the national champion again, and I guarantee you we're bringing that swag back,'' Winston said. ''You'd better believe it.''
News Release: Associated Press News
Florida State fans gleefully shouted and danced in raucous celebration after their top-ranked team roared back with fourth-quarter firepower, grabbing the BCS championship crowned despite early momentum by No. 2 Auburn.
Many pumped fists gleefully and shouted deliriously in Tallahassee, Fla., after Jameis Winston threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin with 13 seconds left as Florida State beat Auburn 34-31 Monday night.
In Tallahassee, two machines shot streams of confetti down on thousands of fans who jumped and danced in a civic center where they watched the game. For both sides, it was a tense finale after a game in which Auburn had much of the first-half momentum.
In Auburn, stunned fans emptied out of bars, some falling on their knees once the clock expired in Pasadena, Calif.