The Bowl Championship Series is dead.

And the Southeastern Conference's stranglehold on college football's national championship has been snuffed.

Top-ranked Florida State of the Atlantic Coast Conference completed a perfect season, rallying past No. 2 Auburn of the SEC 34-31 on Monday night at the Rose Bowl.

It was a frenetic finish to close an era with four lead changes over the final 4:42.

Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston hit Kelvin Benjamin with a 2-yard touchdown pass with 13 seconds left to deliver the Seminoles.

Winston (20 of 35 passing, 237 yards, two TDs) was 6-for-7 for 77 yards on the final drive.

"Jameis grew up unbelievably tonight," Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher said. "He struggled, but tonight's probably the best football game he's ever played. Because he struggled early. And that's what big-time players do when the money's on the line, they can suck it up in the fourth quarter and do what they have to do."

Winston, a redshirt freshman, settled down at the most vital time of the season.

"I said 'guys, we didn't come here for no reason.'" Winston said. "I said 'guys, this is ours man.' All the adversity we went through the first few quarters, it was ours to take."

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