The defense was at its best Monday, when it held LSU to five first downs and 92 yards of offense. LSU’s offense drove into Alabama territory just once in the game.
The Crimson Tide was voted No. 1 in the final Associated Press poll for the eighth time, tying Notre Dame for the most of any team in college football, after winning a rematch with LSU in the BCS championship on Monday night.
“They are unbelievable,” said Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones, relieved that he only has to go against them in practice. “That defense is as good as any defense I’ve ever seen. They rush the passer, they have awesome linebackers and they’re great in coverage. They really don’t have any weaknesses. They have to be as good as any defense ever.”
There is an undisputed king among coaches in the undisputed king of all conferences. He wears Alabama red, and if this continues, `Bama fans will be talking about him in the same breath as the great Bear Bryant.
Richardson, the Heisman Trophy finalist, ran for 96 yards on 20 carries and offensive player of the game A.J. McCarron passed for 234 yards as the Tide had no problem moving against LSU’s second-ranked defense in the nation — just not into the end zone.
McCarron completed 23 of 34 passes for 234 yards. He may not have thrown a touchdown pass, but he didn’t come close to throwing an interception. He made one correct decision after another. That’s why he was named the game’s offensive MVP.
Coach Nick Saban’s Tide also moved into the top spot in the final Associated Press poll for the eighth time, tying Notre Dame for the most of any team in college football.
McCarron stood late Monday night, the first Alabama player to climb the stage. In one hand, he held a newspaper that proclaimed the Crimson Tide the top team in the land. The quarterback who won the game when some expected him to lose it was now the unlikely champion.
In a game where Alabama and LSU were the top two scoring defenses in the nation, the pressure was going to be on the quarterbacks to make plays. It’s no surprise then that AJ McCarron was the game’s offensive MVP as the Crimson Tide won their second national title in three seasons, 21-0.
Led by bruising linebacker Courtney Upshaw and the opportunistic C.J. Mosley, the second-ranked Crimson Tide shut down the Southeastern Conference’s top scoring offense in a 21-0 victory Monday night that earned Alabama its second BCS championship in three years.