I had a slight twinge of doubt come over me early in the second quarter of the BCS Championship game Monday night.
It wasn’t like anything I’d felt since the Florida State Seminoles started mowing people down in historic fashion. As the Auburn Tigers collected a 21-3 lead in the first 20 minutes of the game, I was beginning to worry about the final 40 minutes.
We’ve seen it so many times during the SEC’s reign of terror in title games – the SEC team jumps out to a big early lead, smothering any hope their opponent had of getting a victory. Archrival quarterback Tim Tebow, who dominated the Seminoles for four seasons at Florida, was watching from the sideline, making his debut as an analyst for ESPN. The dream season was taking a nightmarish turn.
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Still, as everything was going wrong, FSU remained poised and had a look of business about them, waiting for the one moment that would turn the game around. I thought to myself, “I won’t panic. They haven’t unleashed most of their weapons on Auburn yet, so if the Tigers can sustain the remaining waves of Kelvin Benjamin, Nick O’Leary, Karlos Williams and James Wilder, Jr., then it’ll be panic time for the ‘Noles.”
The fake punt and touchdown to end the first half ended the Tigers’ feast on momentum and turned the tide. Destiny proved herself to be a lady of Garnet and Gold, not orange and blue. Seminoles win 34-31.
A third title is pretty sweet for the fans of FSU, but it’s even bigger for myself – a guy who wasn’t around for the first two and has never cheered for a team that won a championship. I rooted for the Cleveland Indians over the hometown Atlanta Braves in the 1995 World Series thanks to a family that lived and, more frequently, died by the Tribe. I went the last 15 years of my life without seeing a single one of my teams in a championship game.
It was time to experience that winning feeling.
When one of my teams chokes, it’ll no longer be my fault. The Breslin Curse has been lifted, and it was dissolved in the most unlikely of ways. FSU Football, an absolute dumpster fire just five years ago, is on top of the college football world as nobody predicted when the season began.
From worrying about beating Troy at home just a few years ago to wondering who will lead the band in the War Chant during the victory celebration, 2014 has been a year of redemption for Florida State.
I can’t wait to see what the next 358 days of this year will do to top that.
FSU held Auburn to fewer yards/play and points than any SEC defense after the Tigers switched up the offense following the LSU loss.
— TomahawkNation.com (@TomahawkNation) January 7, 2014