In college football, Jameis Winston tossed a two-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin with 13 seconds remaining to give Florida State a 34-31 comeback victory over Auburn in the last BCS championship game. Winston was 6 of 7 for 77 yards on a game-winning drive that took just 66 seconds and was engineered right after Tre Mason ran for a 37-yard touchdown to put the Tigers ahead 31-27 with 1:19 to play. The Heisman Trophy winner threw a pair of touchdown passes for the 14-0 Seminoles, who trailed 21-3 in the second quarter before winning their third national championship.
In the NFL, Philip Rivers threw for two touchdowns and Ryan Mathews ran for 127 yards as San Diego handed Denver its first home loss of the season. Mathews carried 29 times and scored on a 23-yard run that put the Chargers ahead 24-10 early in the third quarter. Peyton Manning threw for 289 yards and two TDs for the Broncos, who had the ball for just over 21 minutes and fell to 11-3.
In college football, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has been selected as the Walter Camp player of the year and the recipient of the Davey O'Brien Award as the nation's top quarterback.
The University at Albany football team has a new coach. Maryland's assistant head coach Greg Gattuso, and former Duquesne head coach, will take over for Bob Ford. He’s expected to be introduced at a 3:30 p.m. news conference this afternoon. Gattuso got a five-year contract with a $230,000 annual base salary.
In the NBA, the Knicks ended a nine-game losing streak and improved to 4-13 defeating the Nets 113-83 in Brooklyn. Carmelo Anthony had 19 points and 10 rebounds. The Knicks made a season-high 16 3-pointers in 27 attempts led by as many as 34 in winning their first meeting of the season against their city rivals.
Elsewhere, the Clippers had a 101-81 victory over Memphis and Miami fell to Chicago 107-87. Chicago's win came hours after Bulls guard Derrick Rose said he's not ruling out a playoff return if his surgically-repaired knee is fully healed by then.
The UAlbany men’s basketball team saw its two-game road winning streak come to an end after losing 62-57 to Holy Cross Wednesday night.
With 13 seconds left, Holy Cross was clinging to a 59-57 lead and had the ball out of bounds under its own basket. Center Dave Dudzinski, who is 6-foot-9 and 227-pounds shot from past the 3-point line securing the Crusaders victory.
Elsewhere, Southern Connecticut State had a 76-65 win over Saint Rose.
In the NBA, the Charlotte Bobcats beat the Boston Celtics 89-83 last night, snapping the Celtics' four-game winning streak. Al Jefferson had 22 points and 11 rebounds for Charlotte. Jeff Green paced Boston with 19 points and Jordan Crawford had 16 points and six assists.
Elsewhere, Carmelo Anthony continued his success against Atlanta by scoring 25 points and the New York Knicks regrouped after blowing a 17-point lead to beat the Hawks 95-91.