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Florida State's James Wilder Jr. celebrates in front of fans after winning the BCS Championship Game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Smoke from fireworks fills the air at the start of the BCS Championship Game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Auburn defensive end LaDarius Owens grabs the face mask of Florida State running back Devonta Freeman in the second quarter of the BCS Championship Game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall beats Florida State's Ronald Darby, left, and Telvin Smith for a touchdown in the second quarter of the BCS Championship Game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Auburn wide receiver Melvin Ray (82) celebrates his touchdown with teammates in the first half of the BCS Championship Game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Auburn wide receiver Melvin Ray is lifted up by teammate Avery Young after Ray's touchdown catch against Florida State in the second quarter of the BCS Championship Game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Florida State wide receiver Rashad Greene hauls in a pass in front of Auburn cornerback Chris Davis in the second quarter of the BCS Championship Game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Florida State fullback Chad Abram leaps over Auburn defensive back Ryan Smith to score a touchdown late in the second half of the BCS Championship Game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Auburn's Chris Davis is called for pass interference against Florida State receiver Rashad Greene in the end zone to set up the winning touchdown in the BCS Championship Game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Florida State students Max Kurtzman, left, Kyle Ulman, top center, and Hank Trumbull, bottom center, attend a tailgate party at the BCS Championship Game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For The Times

The Auburn University band members lustily cheer as a highlight reel of the football team is played moments before the start of the BCS Championship Game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Smoke from fireworks fills the air as members of the Auburn team pray before the start of the BCS Championship Game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Florida State defenders swarm Auburn running back Cameron Artis-Payne in the second half of the BCS Championship Game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Florida State fullback Chad Abram kneels after scoring a touchdown against Auburn in the BCS Championship Game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Auburn running back Tre Mason celebrates after a touchdown run against Florida State in the first quarter of the BCS Championship Game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin leaps over Auburn defensive back Jermaine Whitehead after making a 21-yard reception to set up a fourth quarter touchdown in the BCS Championship Game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Florida State Coach Jimbo Fisher hoists the BCS National Championship Trophy after beating Auburn in the BCS Championship Game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Florida State players Demarcus Walker, left, and E.J. Levenberry celebrate with fans after beating Auburn in the BCS Championship Game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Florida State defensive end Dan Hicks storms the field with the rest of the team after beating the Auburn Tigers 34-31 in the BCS Championship Game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston tosses the crystal football after being handed the Coaches Trophy at the BCS Championship Game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Auburn players warm up as a glowing California sunset hovers over the BCS Championship Game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Auburn fans welcome their team as they arrive before the BCS Championship Game against Florida State at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For The Times

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Dramatic ending to BCS finale at Rose Bowl

By Bill Plaschke

The ornery BCS expired loudly, perfectly, kicking and screaming into the chilly darkness.

The loony BCS took its last breath Monday by taking away the breath of a Rose Bowl filled with chants, chops, dancing and grief.

Auburn won. No, Florida State won. Check that, Auburn won. No, wait, by a score of 34-31 blazing in eternal white bulbs above a field littered with glittering confetti and forever memories, Florida State won college football’s final BCS national championship.

Won with 13 exhausting, crawling seconds remaining.

Won by the six inches that separated Florida State receiver Kelvin Benjamin from Auburn defensive back Chris Davis on a two-yard touchdown pass from Jameis Winston.

Won in six words uttered by Davis as he stood in a somber Auburn locker room amid teammates crying into their hands.

“Good defense, good catch, all over,” he said.

It’s all over indeed, the 16-year BCS college football championship system that will be replaced next season by a four-team playoff. Also ending was the Southeastern Conference’s seven-year stranglehold on the crystal ball, and isn’t America thrilled with that?

Full story: A perfectly flawed BCS system gets a near-perfect ending at Rose Bowl

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