In what is surely one of the most dominant defensive performances of all time, Alabama destroyed an LSU team that had handed the Tide its only loss in the regular season. While the game’s lone touchdown game late with a Trent Richardson run, it was a near-flawless performance. A single meaningless penalty late in the game underlined the absolute destruction unleashed by the Tide defense.
On offense, AJ McCarron played like a seasoned veteran, even without leading the offense into the end zone. He was voted offensive MVP of the game, although that honor could easily have gone to kicker Jeremy Shelley. As expected by many, the game came down to kicking, and Shelley came through, hitting four of six field goals.
Alabama has won two titles in three years, and is in a position of reloading every year, thanks to the efforts of Nick Saban, who now has won his second BCS title at Alabama, and third overall. Saban assumes a place among the very best college coaches of all time.
We’ll have much more coverage in the hours and days ahead. For now, let’s all savor this one. Roll Tide, everyone.