PASADENA -- Florida State won the national championship Monday night in thrilling fashion, defeating Auburn 34-31 at the Rose Bowl and sending the Bowl Championship Series out in style.

A wild finish ended with FSU quarterback Jameis Winston and receiver Kelvin Benjamin connecting on a short touchdown with 13 seconds remaining to provide the winning margin.

The teams combined for three touchdowns in the final five minutes in the final BCS title game. A four-team playoff starts next season.

The Seminoles (14-0) trailed 21-3 early in the second quarter. But their defense tightened, Winston settled down, and they charged back.

They took the lead late in the fourth quarter on Kermit Whitfield's 100-yard kickoff return.

The Tigers (12-2) responded impressively: They zoomed down the field and reclaimed the lead on Tre Mason's 37-yard touchdown with 1:19 left.

But Florida State wasn't finished: Winston connected with Rashad Greene on a 49-yard catch-and-run that propelled the Seminoles into scoring range.

The game-winning touchdown was set up by a pass interference penalty in the end zone on Auburn, which gave FSU possession at the 2-yard line.

Check back for more on this developing story.



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