Football fans dive deep for the #BCS title game

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

With college football changing to a playoff system next year, this season’s final #BCS bowl games did not disappoint — especially last night’s thrilling national title game between @FSU_Football and @FootballAU.

The #Noles rallied back from an 18-point deficit to defeat the #Tigers 34-31 as millions of sports fans on Twitter cheered their team on, discussed top plays, viewed highlights and much more.

Since each team had been off for a month since their previous game, their rivalry had plenty of time to heat up. The Tigers rallied their fans around the hashtag #AllforAuburn:

FSU fans got a peek into the #Noles locker room before the game:

This prank by FSU alum @GrahamGano on his @Panthers teammate and Auburn alum Cam Newton had everyone laughing and ready for the showdown:

When it came time for the game itself, #FSU won a very close victory on the field and on Twitter. From the beginning of the telecast until 10 minutes after the contest ended, Florida State was mentioned more than 1.4 million times on Twitter while Auburn was mentioned over 1.2 million times.

According to Nielsen SocialGuide, the roar of the crowd comprised 4.4 million Tweets during the game. Based on SocialGuide’s analytics, the moments generating the biggest peaks of Twitter conversation (measured in Tweets per minute, or TPM) during the game:

When the game ended and Florida State won 34-31: 85,822 TPM

Jameis Winston’s 2-yard TD pass to Kelvin Benjamin with 13 seconds remaining in the 4th quarter: 82,263 TPM

Tre Mason 37 yard TD run with 1:19 remaining in 4th quarter: 67,536 TPM

The game’s most mentioned players on Twitter during the telecast were (in order): FSU QB Jameis Winston (@Jaboowins), Auburn RB Tre Mason (@TreMason21), Auburn QB Nick Marshall, FSU KR Levonte Whitfield and FSU WR Kelvin Benjamin.

Pro athletes also turned to Twitter to share their thoughts on this classic game:

Despite the loss, #Auburn had an outstanding season that made their fans proud:

During the game, Auburn’s play cards earned some laughs:

As did these Tweets from a couple of well-known brands:

As for the telecast, @ESPN covered the game like never before with a “Megacast” that broadcast additional viewing options for fans, including #TitleTalk on ESPN 2. #TitleTalk featured a social stripe on the bottom of the screen that highlighted top Tweets from ESPN personalities, celebrities and athletes, along with Twitter polls and trends.

Video used with permission of @ESPN

What was your favorite moment from last night’s game? Tweet @TwitterSports using the hashtag #TwitterBCS.