New Orleans, LA. – Despite the number of people who thought the rematch between No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama was a poor choice for the Allstate BCS Championship Game, they were wrong.
“A lot of people did not think we belonged in this game. But we showed everybody with offense, defense and special teams,” Alabama linebacker Dont’a Hightower said.
Alabama came for revenge after a 9-6 overtime loss on Nov. 5 to shut out LSU in a 21-0 victory. Five field goals by Jeremy Shelley and one late touchdown ran in by Trent Richardson were enough to defeat the Tigers. The game was expected to be a defensive showdown similar to the two teams’ previous meeting, but LSU played their worst game statistically of the year. The Tigers gained 92 yards throughout the game compared to the Tide’s 384 yards. Not to mention the Tigers had two turnovers which resulted in one score for Alabama.
AJ McCarron, Alabama’s sophomore quarterback, was named offensive MVP. McCarron threw for 234 yards and 0 interceptions. Courtney Upshaw, Alabama’s senior linebacker, was named defensive MVP. The victory by the Tide represented the sixth straight BCS national title for the SEC and the second for Alabama in 3 years. Head coach, Nick Saban, is the only coach who has won a BCS title at two different schools and to have three national titles.
“I think winning two national championships in the last three years is pretty damn special,” he said.
Saban won with LSU in 2003 and Alabama in 2009 and 2011. Although the Tide lost Richardson, Hightower and Kirkpatrick fans will not be disappointed next season. With a coach like Saban, three championships in four years are possible.