BCS Title Game: News, Notes & Quotes, Part 1

Game notes from Auburn's 34-31 football loss to FSU are featured.

Pasadena, Calif.--For senior Dee Ford his final college game came close to turning out just how he hoped, but his Auburn Tigers fell 34-31 to FSU in the BCS Championship Game.

"We set a goal to have the biggest turnaround in college football history, and it was an amazing journey for me, and I'm definitely proud to be an Auburn Tiger right now," Ford said.

"I'm kind of emotional," he added. "This is my last time, but I couldn't be any prouder of this team, and I couldn't be any prouder of this Auburn Family because we stuck together and we got through last year and we made it here.

"We started from the bottom, now we're here," Ford said. "We didn't win, but at the end of the day, I'm still proud of my team. Like I said, it's great to be an Auburn Tiger."

Ford finished his career with two of his team's five quarterback sacks.

Tre Mason finished the season with 1,816 rushing yards, breaking Bo Jackson's single-season Auburn record of 1,786 set in 1985.

"I'm proud to be an Auburn Tiger," Mason said. "We all bought into having the biggest turnaround in college football, but I apologize to the Auburn Family and the rest of the fans that we didn't finish. We didn't finish what we started.

"That's a great team, and they deserved to win," he said of Florida State. "They found a way to win at the end, and I'm happy for them, but like Dee says, I'm still proud to be an Auburn Tiger."

In other news and notes:

*Tre Mason's 12-yard -touchdown reception from Nick Marshall in the first quarter to give Auburn a 7-3 lead was the first time FSU has trailed since Sept. 28 against Boston College. The streak with a lead covered nine and a half games. The Seminoles trailed at the half for the first time this year when the Tigers took a 21-10 lead to the dressing room.

*Mason finished with 25 touchdowns this season, including and first receiving TD of his career. His fourth quarter touchdown run gave him 23 rushing touchdowns to go with a kickoff return for another to go with the pass reception TD.

*Mason finished the night with 35 touchdowns in his career (32 rush, 2 kickoff, 1 receiving). With 35 in his career Mason passed Stephen Davis for third all-time in school history.

•With Nosa Eguae's first quarter sack, he recorded a tackle for loss in both the 2011 BCS Championship game and 2014 BCS Championship game.

Melvin Ray's second quarter 50-yard touchdown was the first of his career and just the fifth reception of his career. Nine Tigers caught touchdown passes this season. Ray grew up in Tallahassee pulling for FSU, but signed a professional baseball contract after originally signing with Alabama prior to giving up baseball and walking on at Auburn.

*Auburn's loss was the first time the team leading at halftime lost the BCS title game. Prior to Monday teams who led at the half were 14-0 in BCS title games.

*Junior center Reese Dismukes and defensive back/return man Chris Davis continued to serve as Auburn captains. FSU won the toss and deferred to the second half.

* With the Bowl Championship Series coming to an end, Auburn was 2-1 in BCS games while Florida State was 3-5. The Tigers were 1-1 in championship games. FSU was 2-2, playing in the first three from 1998 to 2000.

*Florida State has won six straight bowl games. The Seminoles snapped Auburn's five-game bowl win streak.

* The SEC's streak of seven straight BCS Championships was snapped. The SEC was 9-2 in BCS Championships and 17-10 in all BCS games. The ACC improved to 5-13 as Clemson and Florida State both won BCS games this season.

*In the last six seasons Auburn has a pair of losing seasons, a pair of eight-win seasons and a pair of National Championship Game appearances.

*Auburn was attempting to do something no team has ever done, which is defeat two No. 1 AP teams in the same year.

*Even with the loss Auburn has won nine of the last 11 games in battles of top 10 teams going back to 2004.

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