Florida State had one of the most dominant offenses in college football history, backed by Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback "Famous Jameis," a freshman with the intangibles and physique NFL general managers salivate at the mouth for.
The Seminoles were second in the nation in points scored and 14th in yards passing. But Winston and the offense couldn't get going in the first half; the unit was held to season lows in first-half points, yards and yards per play.
How did an Auburn team that gave up 27 first-half points to an arguably inferior Missouri offense in the Southeastern Conference title game miraculously hold the nation's best offense to 10 points in the BCS National Championship Game?
Perhaps they knew what was coming…
FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher admitted the Tigers were able to gain an edge from stealing the Seminoles' offensive calls.
"They had a couple of our signals a couple times and were getting to them," Fisher said Monday. "That happens, people do it, and that's our fault. You've got to change them, constantly rotate them, being able to get them in different ways. That's part of the game. I don't have a problem with that."
Picking up the calls would be easy if the Tigers had a source close to the 'Noles' offensive players and schemes. Dameyune Craig, Auburn's co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach, could be said advantage. Craig joined Auburn in 2013 after spending the previous three seasons coaching FSU's quarterbacks and being a mentor to Jameis.
According to Tomahawk Nation, FSU receiver Kelvin Benjamin yelled "Dameyune calling all the plays" to Fisher and Winston. Shortly after, the coaching staff restarted to Plan B: cover their faces with towels. FSU scored 17 points and averaged more than three yards per play after covering their mouths.
Here is the video:
It would be difficult to prove Auburn actually stole the calls. If the accusations are true, Fisher should be praised for his ability to adapt to the situation. FSU obviously appreciated his work after making him the ninth highest paid coach in the nation late last year.
However, it was one of the best title games in college football history. I hope the memorable contest isn't blemished because of this discovery.