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Alabama 21, LSU 0 (final)
January 9, 2012 | 8:48 pm 39817
Alabama won its second Bowl Championship Series title in three years with a dominating defensive effort to defeat Louisiana State, 21-0, on Monday night at the Superdome in New Orleans.
Alabama registered the first shutout in BCS championship game history to avenge a 9-6 loss at home to LSU on Nov. 5.
“I’ve got to say we out-physicaled them today,” Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw said.
Alabama kicker Jeremy Shelley kicked five field goals for Alabama, which finished 12-1.
Linebacker C.J. Mosley intercepted a pass and linebacker Dont’a Hightower forced a fourth-quarter fumble for Alabama, which limited LSU to 92 yards and five first downs.
LSU (13-1) crossed midfield only once.
Crimson Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron completed 23 of 34 passes for 234 yards, without an interception, for Alabama, which gained 384 yards.
Running back Trent Richardson scored late in the fourth quarter on a 34-yard touchdown run. Richardson finished with 96 yards in 20 carries.
Alabama 21, LSU 0 (4:15 left in fourth quarter)
Alabama running back Trent Richardson broke loose for a 34-yard touchdown run, all but sealing the BCS title for the Crimson Tide.
Richardson, a Heisman Trophy finalist, has gained 96 yards in 20 carries. His touchdown was the first scored by either Alabama or LSU in nearly eight quarters of play between the teams this season.
Alabama linebacker Dant’a Hightower set up the touchdown by stripping the ball from LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson, with the Crimson Tide recovering the fumble.
The play put an exclamation point on an Alabama defensive effort for the ages.
LSU appeared to be gaining just a bit of momentum when it converted a third down for the first time and then crossed midfield for the first time.
But Hightower put a stop to that.
Alabama 15, LSU 0 (late in the third quarter)
LSU had a chance but could do nothing with it.
Alabama blew an opportunity when it failed to capitalize on an interception by linebacker C.J. Mosley.
Crimson Tide kicker Jeremy Shelley missed a 41-yard field goal attempt, providing LSU with a chance to get back into the game.
But the Tigers’ offense stalled again. LSU is now 0 for seven on third-down conversions.
That gave Shelly another chance and this time he nailed a 44-yard kick for his fifth field goal of the game.
Alabama 12, LSU 0 (12:49 left in the third quarter)
Someone better break out an ice bag for Jeremy Shelley. If Alabama’s kicker keeps this up, he could be really sore.
Shelley kicked his fourth field goal, this one from 35 yards.
Quarterback A.J. McCarron helped set up the kick with passes of 19, 26 and five yards.
Shelley has made kicks of 23, 34, 41 and 35 yards.
Will LSU ever answer?
Alabama 9, LSU 0 (halftime)
Jeremy Shelley kicked a 41-yard field goal on the final play of the second quarter to give the Crimson Tide their cushion at the break.
Shelley also has kicked 23- and 34-yard field goals.
“We need to score some touchdowns here,” Alabama Coach Nick Saban said before heading to the locker room.
Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron has completed 18 of 25 passes for 156 yards. Trent Richardson has rushed for 52 yards in 11 carries.
Meantime, LSU has been outgained 225 yards to 43. The Tigers have only one first down.
Quarterback Jordan Jefferson has completed six of seven passes for 26 yards.
Alabama 6, LSU 0 (4:18 left in first half)
Gee, this looks kind of familiar.
Jeremy Shelley kicked a 34-yard field goal to put the Crimson Tide ahead by six points.
It was a nice recovery by Shelley, who had a 42-yard attempt blocked by LSU’s Michael Brockers, a 6-foot-6 defensive tackle.
Earlier in the quarter, the Crimson Tide set up in field-goal formation, but holder A.J. McCarron, the team’s quarterback, tossed a shovel pass to Chris Underwood for a first down.
Alabama 3, LSU 0 (end of first quarter)
Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron has completed seven of 10 passes for 62 yards as the Crimson Tide forged a slim lead on Jeremy Shelley’s 23-yard field goal.
Heisman Trophy finalist Trent Richardson has gained 11 yards in four carries.
LSU is 0 for three on third-down conversions. Its most potent weapon to this point is punter Brad Wing.
Alabama 3, LSU 0 (midway through first quarter)
Jeremy Shelley kicked a 23-yard field goal with five minutes left in the first quarter to give the Crimson Tide the early lead.
Marquis Maze set up the kick by returning a punt 49 yards.
LSU’s red-zone defense came up big in denying Alabama a touchdown.
Will the Crimson Tide ever score a touchdown against the Tigers? Alabama lost their SEC showdown to LSU, 9-6 in overtime, on Nov. 5.
Alabama 0, LSU 0 (early first quarter)
College football fans hoping to avoid a repeat of the the first game between top-ranked LSU and No. 2 Alabama are probably disappointed in the Bowl Championship Series title game.
So far, it’s three possessions and three punts.
Alabama’s Marquis Maze, however, just returned a punt 49 yards, a play that could have gone longer had he not suffered what appeared to be a hamstring strain.
Bama is a on a colision course with LSU.
Should Fredi Gonzalez be taking the blame?
While the rest of the world is marveling at the pastoral beauty of Major League Baseball, and how two plucky, never-say-die teams roared into the playoffs on the frantic last night of the regular season, Red Sox [team stats] fans want none of it.
They want blood. They want names.
And perhaps most of all, they want accountability.
They want their failed players to stand up, raise their hands, and say, “It’s my fault.”
One of the few players who understands this basic tenet of being a member of the Red Sox is closer Jonathan Papelbon [stats], who has never been afraid of saying, “It’s on me,” when it’s on him.
But this team has become so fractured, its players perhaps too obsessed with looking at their own stats, rather than the standings, that accountability has become as out of style around here as pregame infield practice and outfielders who can make a strong throw to the plate.
Consider, for example, the preposterous statements uttered the other day by first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who would have you believe that the Red Sox were done in this season because they were forced to play too many nationally televised Sunday night games. He also suggested that it’s God’s will that the Red Sox aren’t going to the playoffs.
There’s just so much wrong here that’s it hard to tell where to start. We’ll leave it at this: The reason Adrian Gonzalez plays for the Red Sox is because they are one of the few teams that can afford to pay him. That they are able to do so is because they are a big-market team, and big-market teams generally win a lot of games, which is why they are featured on national television.
Next year, if the Red Sox return to being big-market beasts and Gonzo starts hitting home runs again, his ridiculous whining will be forgotten. For now, he is the poster boy for all that has gone wrong for the Red Sox — who, by the way, are being viewed as a laughingstock throughout baseball. And we haven’t been able to say that since the last days of 2001, when Sox players were openly rebelling against Dan Duquette puppet Joe Kerrigan.
But it’s not just Gonzalez. Free agent bust John Lackey’s postgame pressers this season were as laughable as his pitching, what with all the excuses, and let’s not forget the constant eye-rolling when his glove men failed to come up with the ball.
It’s worth noting that both manager Terry Francona and general manager Theo Epstein came to Lackey’s defense yesterday, though Epstein did add, “He’s tried to change, but it’s something he can’t change. It’s an emotional reaction. We’ll continue to work with him on it.”
Funny, but during that same presser Epstein said, “I don’t think it’s appropriate for excuses. We did this to ourselves. We have to take full responsibility for it. We have to own it. Sure, certain things didn’t go our way, but every team deals with that. We can’t run from this. This happened. We have to learn from it and get better.”
Yet Lackey made excuses — and pointed fingers at others — and gets away with it.
Francona spoke cryptically of some kind of discord on the team, revealing he held a meeting in Toronto to go over some things. The skipper noted that “there were some things I was worried about. I thought we were spending too much energy on things that weren’t putting our best foot forward toward winning . . . there were some things that did concern me.
“Normally as the season progresses there are events that make you care about each other, and with this club it didn’t always happen as much as I wanted it to. And I was frustrated by that.”
Francona’s comments, coupled with Gonzo’s remarks from the other day and pretty much everything Lackey said this season, reveal a Red Sox clubhouse that sounds an awful lot like the days of “25 men, 25 cabs.”
Those teams never won anything.
Neither did this one.
This was a complete victory for the Tide. Time to bring on the Gators!