Alex Turko (@aturko_23)
For all of those people out there questioning the Seminoles because of their strength of schedule or lack of a close victory, the Auburn win Monday night should have alleviated all of their doubts. The Seminoles played their worst possible game for almost three full quarters and still pulled out the victory.
Don’t think that it was smooth sailing for the Seminoles in the Rose Bowl because without a couple of critical plays, Toomer’s Corner would have been covered with toilet paper in wake of the Auburn victory. The Tigers had jumped out to an early 21-3 lead, and the Seminoles were clearly rattled, as this was their largest deficit faced all season. Jimbo Fisher’s squad was in desperate need of a momentum shift and he had just to play to turn things around. Fisher proved his guts and called a fake punt on their own 40-yard line to change the momentum of the game. Dan Hicks received the snap and pitched it to a reversing Karlos Williams who scampered to the left and darted past the first down marker. This play fired up the FSU sideline and gave the Noles hope of erasing the 18-point deficit that loomed on the scoreboard.
The fake punt gave the Noles hope, but the play that changed that game was the kickoff return from freshman speedster, Kermit Whitfield. With a clear hole to the endzone Whitfield flashed his track speed and ran past the Auburn defender to the promised land. Whitfield’s return gave FSU the lead late in the fourth quarter, but Auburn wasn’t done. The final jab from the Tiger offense following the Whitfield return later became a blessing in disguise for the Seminoles. Auburn was driving in hope of regaining the lead and sealing their fate as national champions, but they scored too fast! Tre Mason took a run 37 yards to the house with 1:19 seconds left on the clock. Jimbo Fisher’s offense has been unstoppable this entire season with 1:19 two time outs I had an eerie feeling that Jameis Winston could lead the Seminoles down the field for a touchdown.
Sure enough, Jameis Winston capped his Heisman trophy season with a game-winning touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin with 13 seconds left in the game. Florida State ended the season with a perfect record, shattering team and individual records along the way. Devonta Freeman became the first FSU running back since Warrick Dunn in 1996 to break the 1,000-yard mark, and if having a 1,000-yard rusher wasn’t enough, Rashad Greene and Kelvin Benjamin both went over 1,000 yards in receiving yards this season.
Sadly the dream season has finally come to an end for Seminole fans. To think that Jimbo Fisher has brought his program to the pinnacle of college football in just 4 short seasons makes the college football world think of one word to describe the direction of the program that Fisher is creating in Tallahassee: Dynasty.
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