Top 5 Plays from the BCS National Championships
The inaugural college football championship game at AT&T Stadium is only a few days away and signals a new era for college football. But with the CFP Championship Game, comes the end of what was 16 years of the BCS National Championship.
Here is a look back at the top 5 plays from the last 16 National Championship Games.
Glen Sharp Pass Interference vs. Ohio State
Miami came into the 2003 Fiesta Bowl ranked #1 in the country and riding a 34 game winning streak. The Hurricanes had won the national championship the year before and were one of the most talented teams to ever take the field in college football. But the #2 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes, led by quarterback Craig Krenzel, gave the Hurricanes all that they could handle. The play of the game would come in overtime on a 4th down and 3 to go for Ohio State. Miami’s Glenn Sharp was called for pass interference on an incomplete pass from Krenzel to Chris Gamble that turned out to be one of the most controversial plays in National Championship history and cost Miami the national championship. Was it interference? Or did Miami get robbed of a national championship?
Vince Young Touchdown Run
If the BCS era had one season without controversy, it was in 2005-6. From start to finish the Texas Longhorns and USC Trojans were ranked 1-2 in country. Coming into the 2006 Rose Bowl, there could not have been more hype. USC had 2 Heisman trophy winners, and Texas had Vince Young. The game would turn out to be the highest octane offensive showdown in the BCS era with the teams combining for 79 points. The game came down to a 4th and 5 for the Texas Longhorns and Vince Young scrambled for a touchdown, sealing one of the greatest comebacks and individual performances in college football history.
Florida Goal Line Stand
The 2009 BCS National Championship game featured two of the most dynamic offenses in the history of college football. The Oklahoma Sooners, led by Heisman trophy winning quarterback Sam Bradford, were an offensive juggernaut. Oklahoma had scored more than 60 points in their previous 5 games coming into the national championship. The Florida Gators were led by Tim Tebow and Percy Harvin, and were no strangers to scoring points either. But it was the Gators defense that made the plays that would define the game. With 5:30 left in the 1st half in a 7-7 tie, Bob Stoops elected to go for a 4th and goal on the 1 yard line. But the Florida Gators stopped the Sooners, changing momentum on their way to a 24-10 national championship victory.
Dyer vs. Oregon
The 2010 college football season came down to two undefeated powers battling it out for the BCS National Championship. The Oregon Ducks made their first appearance in the national championship game and Auburn, led by Cam Newton, looked to win their first title since 1957. With 2:33 remaining in the game, Oregon scored and converted a two point conversion to tie the game at 19. On the subsequent Auburn drive, one of the most unique plays in the history of college football happened. With the ball on their 40 yard line, Auburn handed the ball off to freshman running back Michael Dyer. Dyer looked to be tackled after a 6 yard gain, but rose to his feet and scrambled for 37 yards, putting Auburn in position to win their first title in 50 years.
Jameis Winston to Kelvin Benjamin
The final year of the BCS produced one of the best games in the series 16 year history. Undefeated Florida State led by Heisman trophy winner Jameis Winston took on the SEC Champion Auburn Tigers in the BCS National Championship. A back and forth game culminated in a Tre Mason run for 37 yards for a touchdown to give the Tigers a 4 point lead with only 1:19 seconds left on the clock. But Florida State would not be denied. A 49 yard pass to Rashad Greene set up a 2 yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin with just 19 seconds left on the clock to give the Seminoles a 34-31 lead and the 2014 BCS National Championship.