Good morning! Chances are, you're reading this after a shortened night's sleep after staying up to watch the wild conclusion to last night's BCS National Championship Game. If not, you missed quite a show. Congratulations to Florida State on their dramatic, last-minute touchdown to bring the NCAA title back to the ACC. As much as I'm not exactly a fan of FSU, it's pretty cool to say I watched the national champions play live at Alumni Stadium this year. When was the last time we could say that?
Well, I did a little digging and got the answer: 2001, when the Miami Hurricanes came to Chestnut Hill. And as you most assuredly recall, BC gave Miami one of their biggest scares of the season, much as they gave FSU their toughest game of the regular season this year. Kind of funny how that works out:
Miami started with a 9-0 lead over the Boston College Eagles, but Miami's offense began to sputter as Dorsey struggled with the swirling winds, throwing four interceptions. The Hurricane defense picked up the slack by limiting BC to just seven points.
However, in the final minute of the fourth quarter, with Miami clinging to a 12-7 lead, BC quarterback Brian St. Pierre led the Eagles from their own 30-yard line all the way down to the Hurricanes' 9-yard line. With BC on the verge of a momentous upset, St. Pierre attempted to pass to receiver Ryan Read at the Miami 2-yard line. However, the ball ricocheted off the leg of Miami cornerback Mike Rumph, landing in the hands of defensive end Matt Walters. Walters ran ten yards with the ball before teammate Ed Reed grabbed the ball out of his hands at around the Miami 20-yard line and raced the remaining 80-yards for a touchdown. Miami won 18-7.
I'm sure none of you needed that reminder. Sorry about that. Onward to more links:
Trailing by four on a night where he struggled early and often, Jameis Winston, Florida State's Heisman winning quarterback, delivered when it mattered most. Winston led the Seminoles on an 80-yard, game-winning touchdown drive with just 1:18 remaining in the game to give FSU a 34-31 victory over Auburn and the BCS national championship.
Love it or hate it, the BCS delivered a dramatic and fitting ending on Monday night, as No. 1 FSU rallied from from a late four-point deficit in the final two minutes to defeat No. 2 Auburn 34-31 in the final VIZIO BCS National Championship at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. The Seminoles won their third national championship and ended the SEC's reign of seven consecutive BCS national championships.
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. A pass interference penalty on Auburn's Chris Davis gave Florida State a first-and-goal at the 2 and on the next play Winston hit his big receiver, Benjamin, for the touchdown in traffic.
Of course, immediately following Florida State's highlight reel win was the highlight of Jameis Winston doing, uh, whatever the hell this was:
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston talks about what was said prior to the Seminoles' game-winning drive that gave FSU a 34-31 victory over Auburn in the VIZIO BCS National Championship.
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron's mother Dee Dee Bonner is usually a very positive, pleasant Twitter user. Not tonight. Bonner, after watching FSU quarterback Jameis Winston's bizarre post-game interview, decided she wasn't impressed with his grip on the English language. She quickly deleted what she wrote, but plenty of people screenshotted the damage.
Others took to Twitter to discuss the eloquence of the newly-crowned champs:
It's safe to say Florida State's toughest opponent all season was the English language— Ryān Cøpęłand (@RCworkin) January 7, 2014
ESPN: What are you going to do now?— Jeb Lund (@Mobute) January 7, 2014
WINSTON: I'm gonna have a great summer!
ESPN: You know there's a spring semester, right?
You get the idea.
In other news:
Jerry York The legendary Boston College coach has a resume that would eliminate the interview process for the job.
But it is noteworthy that despite missing goaltender Thatcher Demko and defensemen Ian McCoshen and Steven Santini, BC didn't miss a beat. The Eagles now own a five-game winning streak.