Florida State: Auburn knew signals in BCS title game

Florida State assistants were shielding Jimbo Fisher's play calls with towels.
Florida State assistants were shielding Jimbo Fisher's play calls with towels. (USATSI)

During the first half of BCS championship game, the Florida State offense just couldn't get anything going. Jimbo Fisher says it could have been because Auburn's defense knew exactly what plays were coming.

"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."

So how did Auburn know what was coming? Current Auburn co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig just finished his first season on the Auburn coaching staff. Craig spent the previous three seasons coaching Florida State's quarterbacks under Fisher. According to Tomahawk Nation, Florida State receiver Kelvin Benjamin could be heard on the audio of the television broadcast yelling "Dameyune calling all the plays," to both Fisher and Jameis Winston during the first drive of the second half.

After that Fisher and the coaching staff busted out the towels to shield their calls from Auburn. 

Whether Auburn truly was stealing signals, only the Tigers know, but it's hard to deny the results. On Florida State's first seven possessions (pre-towels) the Seminoles offense ran 37 plays for 153 yards (4.14 yards per play) and scored 10 points. On their final six drives (post-towels) the Seminoles ran 31 plays for 227 yards (7.32 yards per play) and scored 17 points.

CBS Sports Writer

Tom Fornelli has been a college football writer at CBS Sports since 2010. During his time at CBS, Tom has proven time and again that he hates your favorite team and thinks your rival is a paragon of football... Full Bio

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