by Tom Brown
The game termed the “rematch of the century” by college football fans and experts alike disappointed most fans, as the second-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide dominated from start to finish and defeated the top-ranked LSU Tigers 21-0 in the BCS national Championship game held on Jan. 9 in the New Orleans Superdome.
Many believed that the third-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys and their high-powered offense deserved the nod instead of Alabama, as they had already lost to LSU at home in a boring 9-6 contest on Nov. 5.
The win was a true statement win for the Tide, as Alabama’s defense was generated all of their opportunities. They allowed just 92 yards of total offense and five first downs for the game, and did not allow LSU’s offense to cross into their territory until eight minutes left in the game. The 21-0 shutout was the first in the 14 year history of BCS bowls, let alone in a championship game.
LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson was held to just 53 yards passing and was sacked four times, and his poor play led many to question LSU Head Coach Les Miles. Many believed that Jefferson should have been swapped out for backup quarterback Jarrett Lee, but Miles stuck with Jefferson despite his poor play.
On the offensive side of the ball, Alabama kicker Jeremy Shelley tied a bowl record by converting five field goals, and Running back Trent Richardson scored the game’s only touchdown on a 34 yard run. As a whole, Alabama tallied 384 total yards, including 234 passing yards by quarterback AJ McCarron who was named the games offensive MVP.
With the win, the Crimson Tide moved into the number one spot in the season’s final AP poll, marking the eighth time that Alabama has accomplished this feat.