The Alabama defense was nothing short of dominant in last night’s BCS national championship, holding the top-ranked LSU Tigers to 92 yards of total offense, five first downs and zero points in a convincing 21-0 victory.
For fans of hard-nosed, defensive football — and fans of the Crimson Tide, of course — last night’s title game was a masterpiece.
But for the rest of the country, a game that featured as many punts (12) as points scored before the final few minutes left a lot to be desired.
Alabama’s victory, validated the decision to give Nick Saban’s squad a rematch with LSU. And you can’t blame the Crimson Tide for beating up on the Tigers.
Despite not throwing a touchdown pass, much-maligned quarterback A.J. McCarron produced one of his best games of the season, throwing for 234 yards on 23 of 34 passing and avoiding turnovers. Heisman Trophy finalist Trent Richardson continued to be the workhorse and kicker Jeremy Shelley — who had one blocked in the ‘Game of the Century’ — hit five of seven field goals including two from beyond 40 yards.
It was LSU who didn’t come to play and deprived the primetime audience of any semblance of excitement beyond the first half. Jordan Jefferson was dreadful, the running game averaged only 1.4 yards per carry and national coach of the year Les Miles failed to take any chances, even with his team falling further behind.
It’s impossible to know if Oklahoma State could have produced a few more big plays and — gasp — a touchdown or two, had they been given the opportunity to face LSU in the final. The Cowboys’ 41-38 overtime victory against Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl was a far cry from Monday’s defensive slugfest.
It’s all moot with the Tide taking home their second title in three years. But for those who flipped the television off early last night out of sheer boredom, it’s hard not to wonder if there might have been a better alternative.
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