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Wrapping up the bowls: Highlights, analysis of every 2013-14 bowl game (35 items)

By and and , Deseret News

Jan. 4, 2014

That's the way to finish.

Florida State edged Auburn 34-31 in the BCS national championship game Monday night, bringing an end to the 2013-14 bowl season.

The Seminoles had to come back from 11 down at the half and scored two touchdowns in the final 4:31, including a 2-yard pass with 13 seconds left, to rally past the Tigers.

Among some of the other most memorable games during the 2013-14 bowl schedule were Michigan State's win over Stanford in the Rose Bowl, as well as Texas A&M's shootout victory over Duke in the Chick-fil-a Bowl.

Earlier in the bowl season, local teams BYU and Utah State experienced differing results. The Aggies won their second straight bowl game, beating Northern Illinois in the Poinsettia Bowl; the Cougars, meanwhile, fell in disheartening fashion to Washington in the Fight Hunger Bowl.

Here's a look at all 35 games this bowl season.

1 of 35. BCS national championship game

No. 1 Florida State 34, No. 2 Auburn 31

PASADENA, Calif. — Jameis 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 last BCS national championship game on Monday night.

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 for the touchdown.

"I said this from Day 1 in spring ball. These kids are special," coach Jimbo Fisher said. "This group never faltered. They wanted to be elite. They wanted to go to the top and there's so much character in this group."

Tre Mason had given 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.

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2 of 35. GoDaddy Bowl

Arkansas State 23, Ball State 20

MOBILE, Ala. — Backup quarterback Fredi Knighten threw a 13-yard pass to Allen Muse with 32 seconds remaining to lift Arkansas State past Ball State 23-20 at the GoDaddy Bowl on Sunday night.

Ball State had a chance to tie at the end of regulation, but Scott Secor's 38-yard field goal attempt was blocked as time expired.

Arkansas State (8-5) won the GoDaddy Bowl for a second straight season, despite losing starting quarterback Adam Kennedy to a knee injury in the second quarter. It was the Red Wolves' third straight trip to Mobile.

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3 of 35. BBVA Compass Bowl

Vanderbilt 41, Houston 24

Patton Robinette threw two 50-yard touchdown passes to Jordan Matthews, and Vanderbilt recovered after blowing a 24-point lead to beat Houston 41-24 on Saturday in the BBVA Compass Bowl.

Robinette, starting after senior Austyn Carta-Samuels had season-ending surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee, also had an 8-yard scoring run as Vanderbilt built a 24-0 lead in the first half.

After Houston (8-4) pulled even by scoring 24 points in the third quarter, Vanderbilt reclaimed the lead on Brian Kimbrow's 21-yard touchdown run. It was the start of 17 fourth-quarter points for the Commodores.

"The thing that's probably the most exciting to me is there is a culture of winning at Vanderbilt," Franklin said. "These guys know how to win. A lot of different ways they do it, ugly, pretty, people can describe it however they want."

Vanderbilt (9-4) closed the season with five straight wins, adding to Franklin's status as a possible candidate for coaching vacancies, including at Penn State and with the NFL Browns and Redskins. The Commodores played in three straight bowl games under Franklin — a first for the program — and completed their first back-to-back nine-win seasons.

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4 of 35. Orange Bowl

No. 12 Clemson 40, No. 7 Ohio State 35

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller stayed down on the ground and clutched his right shoulder, a grimace of pain visible through his face mask.

A jarring hit had just caused Miller to lose a fumble, one of four turnovers by the Buckeyes in the final 20 minutes of the Orange Bowl, and they all hurt. Clemson took advantage in a game with four lead changes and won 40-35 Friday night.

The Buckeyes' final turnover was the most costly. They took over at midfield with 1:27 to go trailing by five points, and on second down Miller threw his second interception to seal the defeat.

"We just didn't finish," coach Urban Meyer said. "It was right there to finish."

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5 of 35. Cotton Bowl

No. 9 Missouri 41, No. 13 Oklahoma State 31

ARLINGTON, Texas — Missouri got the big plays it needed at the end of the Cotton Bowl to beat an old rival.

Henry Josey ran for 92 yards and three touchdowns, the last a 16-yarder with 3:08 left, and Shane Ray returned a fumbled 73 yards for a touchdown after that, and the No. 9 Tigers beat No. 13 Oklahoma State 41-31 late Friday night.

The former Big 12 and Big Eight rivals traded points on six consecutive possessions in the fourth quarter, until Oklahoma State quarterback Clint Chelf was sacked and fumbled with a minute left. Ray picked up the ball and rumbled 73 yards down the sideline in front of the stunned Cowboys bench to score.

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1. Rikitikitavi
Cardston, Alberta,
Jan. 4, 2014

Reminds me of the Three Stooges...who's on first...until there is an actual playoff, there is no REAL national champion. Hopefully that pathetic reality will be remedied next year with at least the (supposed) top four teams in a (supposed) playoff.

2. BlueHusky
Mission Viejo, CA,
Jan. 4, 2014

When I was a kid, we watched the New Years Day bowls, especially the Rose Bowl. Those were great games between conference champions. They were big games. There were a couple of lesser bowls. PAC-12 and Big10 teams not winning the championship were not allowed to play in any other bowl games. "Intersectional games" were games between teams from different parts of the country and were few. Rose, Cotton, Sugar, and Orange. Those were the big games.

Now? Meh.

Only a team's fans watch them in one of the thirty bowl games.

I watched the Fight Hunger Bowl featuring my two teams. I watched half of the Rose Bowl. Most of Oregon State vs Boise.

BCS Championship? Couldn't care less.

Football needs a December Madness playoff system. 16 teams. That would be huge. Conference champions and the top ranked non-conference teams. OK, maybe 24 teams. That's it.

People would watch those games.

3. Igualmente
Mesa, AZ,
Jan. 5, 2014

Just watched the irrelevant bowl, aka godaddy bowl between Arkansas St and Ball St. That game had no business being played January 5th. Why doesn't the NCAA control that?

And the 4 team playoff will still be the opinion poll ranked top 4. Decide it on the field with a field of 24 conference champions and others like the FCS did yesterday with North Dakota St winning.