PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- 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 Monday night.
Winston struggled much of the night on his 20th birthday, 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.
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.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Florida State is No. 1 in the final Associated Press college football poll, ending the Southeastern Conference's record streak of seven national championships.
The Seminoles received all 60 first-place votes from the media panel after beating Auburn 34-31 in the BCS championship game on Monday night in the Rose Bowl. Michigan State was third, followed by South Carolina and Missouri. Oklahoma finished sixth and Alabama was No. 7.
WACO, Texas (AP) - Big 12 rushing champ Lache Seastrunk is bypassing his senior season at Baylor to enter the NFL draft.
The Oregon transfer played two seasons at Baylor, and was the first player in school history with two 1,000-yard rushing seasons.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion is returning for his senior season.
Before making his decision, he consulted the NFL Draft Advisory Board and was projected as a third-round selection.
Mannion set a Pac-12 season record for passing yards with 4,662 and threw an Oregon State-record 37 touchdown passes, third-most for a single season in conference history.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley has decided to return to the Bruins for his junior season.
Hundley has started for the last two seasons under coach Jim Mora, winning 19 games and establishing himself as one of the nation's top young quarterbacks with his arm and his legs.
The Cavaliers acquired Luol Deng from the Chicago Bulls late Monday night for Bynum and three future draft picks, beating the deadline to guarantee his full contract for the season.
Along with Bynum, who had recently been suspended indefinitely by the Cavaliers for conduct detrimental to the team, the Cavaliers also sent the Bulls a first-round pick, two second-rounders, and gave Chicago the right to swap first-round choices in 2015 if the Cavs are not in the lottery.
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - Dennis Rodman said the game he and other former NBA players are planning in North Korea will be a ''birthday present'' for leader Kim Jong Un.
Rodman's squad - featuring ex-All Stars Kenny Anderson, Cliff Robinson and Vin Baker - will play against a team of North Koreans on Wednesday, which is believed to be Kim's birthday. The former NBA players, who arrived in Pyongyang on Monday, also include Eric ''Sleepy'' Floyd, guard Doug Christie and Charles D. Smith, who played for the New York Knicks. Four streetball players also are on the squad.
Rodman told The Associated Press he was glad to be in North Korea for the game, though he said he has gotten death threats for his repeated visits. He said proceeds from the game would go to a charity for the deaf in North Korea.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - New England's defense suffered another big blow when the Patriots' placed linebacker Brandon Spikes on injured reserve because of a knee injury five days before their playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Dane Fletcher is likely to replace Spikes at middle linebacker between Dont'a Hightower and rookie Jamie Collins.
NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL's wild-card weekend drew huge television audiences.
The four games averaged 34.7 million viewers for the most-watched wild-card weekend on record.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Colts signed former Patriots Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch six days before playing his ex-team in the divisional round.
MIAMI (AP) - Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman was fired in the first change by the team since missing the playoffs because of a late-season collapse.
Coach Joe Philbin defended Sherman the day after the season, but owner Stephen Ross was expected to demand some sort of shake-up following the dismal finish. Sherman joined the Dolphins when Philbin was hired two years ago, and the two have been close for more than 30 years.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Lawyers representing former NFL players in the proposed $765 million settlement of thousands of concussion-related claims detailed how the money would be divided.
The awards could reach $5 million for athletes with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease; $4 million for a death involving brain trauma; and $3 million for dementia cases.
Under the payout formula, those maximum awards would go to players under 45, who would likely need more lifetime care. For a man in his early 60s, the awards top out at $3 million for ALS and $950,000 for Alzheimer's disease. An 80-year-old with early dementia would get $25,000.
Arizona is No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll for the fifth straight week, with Syracuse, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Michigan State remaining the next four teams.
Duke, which lost at Notre Dame, dropped to No. 16, the first time the Blue Devils are out of the Top 10 since December 2007.
No. 23 Illinois and No. 25 Kansas State moved into the rankings for the first time this season replacing Connecticut, which had been 17th, and North Carolina, which was 19th.
In the women's poll, Connecticut remained No. 1 and was followed by Notre Dame, Duke, Stanford and Louisville.
N.C. State, Indiana and San Diego all entered the Top 25 for the first time this season. It's been nearly seven years since the Wolfpack were ranked, 21 years for the Hoosiers and the first time for the Toreros. North Carolina State entered at 20th, Indiana was 22nd and San Diego 24th.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa coach Fran McCaffery apologized for an outburst that got him ejected from Sunday's loss to No. 4 Wisconsin
McCaffery was called for back-to-back technical fouls and tossed from the game for arguing with officials with 12 minutes left. The Badgers rallied for a 75-71 win.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Janet Napolitano is ready for the focus of the Sochi Winter Olympics to turn from concerns about security and the threats of terrorism to all of the world-class athletes involved.
The former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and current president of the University of California system was selected last month by President Barack Obama to lead the U.S. delegation next month to the Sochi Games.
GENEVA (AP) - FIFA President Sepp Blatter criticized Brazil's slow preparations for the World Cup, calling the country further behind than any other hosting the international event during his tenure.
Brazil has completed only six of the 12 World Cup stadiums despite a FIFA deadline to finish by the end of 2013.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) - Tens of thousands turned out in tribute to Eusebio after the coffin of the Portuguese soccer great was put on public display and taken in a funeral cortege through the streets of Lisbon.
People filed out of offices and cafes on a rainy afternoon and applauded as the hearse with a police motorcycle escort passed. Traffic was halted on the capital's main roads, and the cortege stopped for a ceremony at city hall.
The government declared three days of national mourning after Eusebio's death Sunday from heart failure at 71.
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