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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, January 07, 2014 12:32 am

Florida State fans celebrate victory over Auburn

By JAY REEVES and PHIL SEARSAssociated Press

Florida State fans shouted and danced in raucous celebration after their top-ranked team roared back in the fourth quarter to beat Auburn in the BCS championship game.

Many pumped fists gleefully and shouted deliriously in Tallahassee, Fla., after Jameis Winston threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin with 13 seconds left as Florida State beat Auburn 34-31 on 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.


Reeves reported from Auburn, Ala., and Sears from Tallahassee, Fla.