AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Florida State fans shouted and danced in raucous celebration after their top-ranked team roared back in the final seconds of the fourth quarter to beat Auburn in the BCS championship game.
Many pumped fists gleefully, hugged and slapped high fives in Tallahassee, Fla., after Jameis Winston threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin with 13 seconds left as Florida State beat No. 2 Auburn 34-31 on Monday night.
In Tallahassee, two machines rained streams of garnet and gold confetti down on thousands of fans who jumped and danced in a civic center where they had watched the game. For both sides, it was a tense finale after a game in which Auburn mostly had the first-half momentum.
In the end, Florida State fans erupted into thunderous cheering. Outside the arena, a group of fans who built a fire cheered after watching the game amid a bitter cold snap. Like many in the region, fans at Auburn and Florida State weather unseasonably bitter cold temperatures.
Tallahassee Police Officer David Northway said he had no reports of any major incidents by early Tuesday as celebrations dragged on into the wee hours.
"We had 25 officers brought in earlier in the evening to monitor the civic center," he said, adding police then fanned out to patrol around the campus as part of a contingency plan that had been in the works for weeks.
In Auburn, Ala., stunned fans emptied out of bars, some falling on their knees once the clock expired in Pasadena, Calif. Normally Auburn fans delight in festooning their celebration site, Toomer's Corner, with toilet paper. But one fan dejectedly tossed a single roll of paper in the street that was quickly picked up by a police officer.
For Auburn fans, it was a bitter moment after their team had taken a surprising 21-10 lead by the end of the first half.
Earlier, thousands of Auburn fans in orange and blue roared inside Auburn Arena, watching on a big video screen as Auburn under Nick Marshall racked up the first touchdowns. The fans shook and warmed the basketball coliseum with their energy — while outside temperatures hovered in the low 20s.
Auburn fan Kat Damron screamed Auburn's "War Eagle" battle cry and danced as the offense moved down the field toward the first Auburn touchdown. She was nearly hoarse by the end of the first half after Auburn scored further.