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Florida State vs. Auburn final score: Seminoles launch 18-point comeback, defeat Tigers 34-31

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston hit Kelvin Benjamin for the game-winning touchdown with 12 seconds left, capping off an 18-point comeback - the largest in BCS championship history - to win the national championship.

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It was very NFL-like for Seminoles freshman quarterback Jameis Winston. In becoming only the third player on over 50 years to win the Heisman Trophy while going undefeated to win a National Championship, he has nothing left to prove at the collegiate level.

Except he can't turn pro for another season.

What kind of encore can Winston muster in 2014?

He shook off a shaky first half to power the No. 1-ranked Seminoles back from a rare deficit, completing the comeback with a quick-strike touchdown pass to wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin with 12 seconds left on the lock.

It left the Auburn Tigers shocked on the sideline. The outcome of the game probably wasn't a surprise to most, just the manner in which Winston led the powerful Seminoles offense back despite facing a 21-3 margin - the last score having been the result of a Winston fumble.

Auburn has been the comeback and dramatic win team all season, having three last-play victories this season, propelling them into the title game. Winston showed the most valuable trait for an NFL quarterback - the ability to lead come-from-behind victories, no matter the deficit. He didn't play a sensational game, as he has for much of the year, but he was 6-for-7 with 77 yards on the final drive, including the touchdown pass to Benjamin.

It was the largest comeback in BCS championship game history.

The game - the last of the BCS format, which will be replaced by a playoff system next season - marked the end of the SEC's seven-game winning streak in the championship game.