PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Florida State has won the BCS championship game by storming back from a 21-3, first-half deficit to beat Auburn 34-31 in the Rose Bowl. Jameis (JAYM’-ihs) Winston threw a two-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin to put the Seminoles ahead with 13 seconds remaining, 66 seconds after Tre Mason’s 37-yard touchdown run gave the Tigers a 31-27 lead. Winston was the game’s offensive MVP, throwing for 237 yards and a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to lead the Seminoles to their third national championship and first since the 1999 season.
NEW YORK (AP) — Florida State is the No. 1 team in the final Associated Press football poll. The Seminoles just completed a 14-0 season and ended the Southeastern Conference’s string of seven straight years with the top team in the season-ending poll. Auburn is second, followed by Michigan State, South Carolina, Missouri, Oklahoma, Alabama, Clemson, Oregon and UCF. The SEC winds up with four teams in the top seven.
UNDATED (AP) — UCF quarterback Blake Bortles and running back Storm Johnson say they will forgo their senior seasons and enter the NFL draft. The juniors saw their draft stock rise this season as they led the Knights to their first 12-1 finish and upset of heavily favored Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl. Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt, Baylor tailback Lache Seastrunk, Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins and UAB running back Darrin Reaves also announced Monday they are leaving school early to enter the draft.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers have traded Andrew Bynum and three future draft picks to the Chicago Bulls for All-Star forward Luol Deng (LOO’-ul dehng). The trade comes just days after Bynum was suspended by the Cavaliers and allows Cleveland to unload the center before having to guarantee his contract. Deng is a two-time All-Star who is averaging 19 points, seven rebounds and 3.7 assists per game this season.
KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — Zach Johnson birdied three straight holes on the back nine and closed with a 7-under 66 to win the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii. He won by one shot over Jordan Spieth (speeth), who birdied the last two holes for a 69. It was Johnson’s third win in his last six starts, and his 11th career win on the PGA Tour.