Truth be told, there is no better venue for the National Championship than the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
Over the years, college football fans have been have been able to watch some spectacular games and there have been none better than both the Auburn vs. Florida State matchup on Monday night and the Texas vs. USC game in 2006 (2005-2006 season).
As we all know, Jameis Winston had one heck of a year: Heisman trophy winner, ACC Championship MVP, and then of course, National Championship winner and MVP.
Although Winston probably didn’t play his best game on Monday night in Pasadena, moments such as big throws for first downs, the huge run in the second quarter, and of course the game winning drive, really defined his season and his first year at Florida State.
Although Jameis had countless memorable plays, I want to take a closer look at Florida State’s final drive.
Everyone can probably remember Vince Young’s drive to beat USC in 2006. Starting the drive off with a few complete passes and a few scrambles — for gains of about 7 and 8 yards per play — Young was able to drive down the field and punch it in with 19 seconds left to beat the “mighty” Trojans.
In Jameis Winston’s case on Monday night, he was able to methodically move his team down the field
which was extremely reminiscent of Vince Young. With precise passes and the ability to find the right receivers, Winston drove Florida State down the field to beat the Auburn Tigers to win his first BCS National Championship.
Jameis Winston and Vince Young. Both non-SEC championship winners, both about 6’4 and 230 pounds, and both have extreme swagger.
Although these two guys are similar in stature, attitude, and success on the field, the way they played might be polar opposites.
When you think of Vince Young, you think of an extremely fast quarterback with shifty moves, who also has the ability to pass. Where as with Winston, passing is — without a doubt — his premier skill with running being a great addition to his game.
As we know, only one of these guys won the Heisman Trophy, and that is Mr. Jameis Winston. Who knows what the future holds for Winston at this point, but hopefully for he and his family, his career will be much more prolonged than ole’ Vince Young’s.