Coach Jimbo Fisher believed this Seminoles team was special and it certainly turned out that way. They loved each other. Cared about each other. Played for each other. Auburn provided the season's biggest challenge and the Seminoles refused to lose. Didn't crack under the early & late game adversity. Impressive.
The Tigers came to win too. The D-Line was knocking Jameis around. The secondary was covering up FSU's talented receivers. Coach Ellis Johnson put together a nice plan. Had the Tigers front moving around pre-snap and bringing heat a lot of the time. Still hard to believe that the 'Noles went 2-12 on 3rd down and won.
Jimbo should have attacked that Tiger scheme with the run game. Want to stand up and move around pre-snap? Well, here comes some downhill running plays. The FSU trio at running back only got it 19 times, but averaged 6.2 yards a carry.
Seminoles defense had a nice plan ready too. The plan was to take away the edge runs, where Marshall could hurt them. Or that speed sweep could hurt them. Tre Mason did some damage inside, but it didn't come easy.
In the end, it came down to Kelvin Benjamin making a play. Big play. He went up high and brought down Florida State a 3rd National Championship. Auburn didn't give away the game. FSU came back and took it.
The 4th quarter was a blast! Lavonte Whitfield took it to the house (what wasn't parkey booming those kick-offs out of the end zone?). Mason went boom, with a 37-yard TD gallop. Back came the Seminoles in the final seconds to win it. Amazing stuff.
Already looking forward to next year, when we will celebrate a 4-game playoff!
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