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QUICK HITS: Alabama 21, LSU 0

Posted on: January 9, 2012 11:35 pm

Posted by Adam Jacobi

ALABAMA WON. The Alabama Crimson Tide captured the 2012 BCS Championship with a suffocating 21-0 victory over LSU.

HOW ALABAMA WON: Alabama's defense held LSU to a paltry 92 yards, and Alabama kicker Jeremy Shelley hit five field goals out of a bowl record seven attempts. That, put together, was more than enough for Alabama to get the win and the title.

WHEN ALABAMA WON: The moment Les Miles decided he was never going to use Jarrett Lee in the game. Jordan Jefferson was downright abysmal as LSU's quarterback, going 11-17 for 53 yards and gaining 15 yards on 14 rushes, and while Alabama's defense deserves a great deal of credit for that, it should also be noted that Jefferson was equal parts indecisive and ineffective even when he did have time to throw the ball or run. True, Alabama victimized Lee in the two teams' first meeting, but Jefferson was much more productive in that game. Miles needed to make a change, and he didn't do it.

WHAT ALABAMA WON: Alabama takes home a well-earned BCS Championship, and Nick Saban has solidified his standing as the best coach in college football. AJ McCarron became the first sophomore or younger to win a BCS Championship, and Trent Richardson reminded everyone why he's the best back in college football by finishing the game off with a 34-yard touchdown scamper.

WHAT LSU LOST: As mentioned before, LSU was victimized by Les Miles' stubborn insistence on keeping Jordan Jefferson at quarterback, and LSU just never brought anything at Alabama that caught the Tide off guard. LSU didn't convert any third downs until the fourth quarter, and going into the fourth, LSU had two first downs to its name. The LSU defense could have played the game of its life and not overcome that kind of ineptitude on the other side of the ball. And for that, the crystal football eludes Les Miles and his charges this year.

THAT WAS CRAZY: In the game's first big play, Marquis Maze took a punt back 54 yards -- quite a feat considering LSU had allowed six punt return yards all season. Unfortunately, the return could have been even longer, but Maze pulled up lame in the middle of the return with a hurt hamstring. The injury kept him out for the rest of the game, but Maze's return set a tone that LSU couldn't match all game long.

FINAL GRADE: C. Alabama's defensive performance was the stuff of legend, but that doesn't change the fact that in eight games and an overtime, these two teams combined for 10 field goals and one touchdown. LSU looked downright inept at times -- which happens often against the Alabama defense -- and Oklahoma State fans must be wondering how hard it would have been for the Cowboys to beat LSU. But at least someone scored a touchdown.

Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: January 10, 2012 11:06 pm

QUICK HITS: Alabama 21, LSU 0

What I do not understand is given the fact Lee won several games and was not in a bar fight didn't he earn a shot a playing. I mean what kind of POS is miles. Lee could have left LSU after his second year and played somewhere and started. The last good QB lsu had was Matt Flynn courtesy Sabin

Since: Sep 17, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 3:26 pm

QUICK HITS: Alabama 21, LSU 0

Alabama has one of the hardest hitting defenses I have ever seen. Their defense is actually better than many NFL defenses. And much of the credit has to go to coach Nick Saban. The Crimson Tide defenders are usually in the right postion to anticipate the play. They play with aggression, they swarm to ball carrier, and they know how to tackle, a lost art on many college football teams. Though I prefer a bit more offense, this Alabama team deserves the recognition it is getting.

Since: Sep 12, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:31 pm

QUICK HITS: Alabama 21, LSU 0

I couldn't agree with your assesment more.

LSU's defense played their hearts out. But any defense kept on the field for that long is going to fatigue and have mental errors.

While a lot of LSU's offensive woes were self-inflicted, the fact that they were facing what might be the best defense to ever play CFB had a lot to do with them looking bad. However, I also have to wonder why Miles did not give Lee a shot. How much worse could it have been?

As for OK State, they wouldn't have stayed in the game with either of these teams. Their offense has never faced defenses of this elite caliber. And their #107 ranked defense would have been shredded by either Bama or LSU's power running game. The Cowboys are not anywhere near the same level as these two teams - yet.

I suspect next year's Bama-LSU meeting will be an equally intense affair. Gives us all something to look forward to during the off-season. Roll Tide!!!

Since: Jan 11, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2012 11:01 am

QUICK HITS: Alabama 21, LSU 0

@ Crosby - your post proves that you know absoultely nothing about college football.  When the games were played, Florida was #12, Arkansas was #12, Penn State was #23, LSU was #1, and Auburn was #26.  You're a whiney homer.  Period. 

Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 10:34 am

QUICK HITS: Alabama 21, LSU 0

Alabama got into the title game by beating only 1 top 25 team (at home, no less). FRAUD!

Since: Aug 24, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 10:03 am

QUICK HITS: Alabama 21, LSU 0

To be a columnist on college football, you sure don't know how to appreciate a great defensive game. High-powered offense just isn't the SEC's M.O. And apparently, they must be doing something right. Offense looks pretty, but a great D will take home the trophy.

Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:18 am

QUICK HITS: Alabama 21, LSU 0

"Final grade: C"...I don't get it. Up to that point, I agreed with most of the article (except that I don't agree that Richardson's touchdown at the end proved he was the best RB in the country...the writer conveniently ignores that Richardson was largely neutralized until then). Did Alabama or Saban deserve a "C"? I think not. Did LSU's defense deserve a "C"? Given that it kept the LSU offense within two scores until the final three minutes, I think not. During the regular season, LSU proved it had earned the number 1 ranking and, hence, its spot in the BCS Championship (13-0 against top ten teams, what more can you ask?). LSU's offense simply missed the bus when it left Georgia after the SEC championship. With regard to the final comment regarding the musings of OK State's fans, I recall OK State I recall that their team had an explosive offense, but I believe it was a defensive unit that crushed the Tigers last night. I also seem to recall that that defensive unit is number 1 in all categories. If OK State's defense had similar credentials, then the writer is correct that OK State could legitimately wonder how hard it would have been to beat LSU. But honest wondering would have to recognize that LSU's defense did not roll over against a physical offense. While it's true that we'll never know how OK State may have faired against LSU, isn't that always the case in competition sports? If OK State had been mauled by LSU, would the writer then say that Alabama's close loss on Nov 5 JUSTIFIED a rematch? I'm an LSU fan, and I'm dumbfounded by our coach's refusal to put Jarret Lee in the game when it was clear that Jefferson was tanking (after all, Lee only got the team 8 of the 13 wins); just like we'll never know how OK State would have faired, we'll never know whether Lee could've provided the desperately needed spark. Bottom line, Alabama proved that it was the best team in the nation. Isn't that the point of a national championship? I have grown weary of the whiners who moan that Alabama's regular season loss to LSU made it undeserving of a rematch; did that loss magically render OK State's regular season loss to vastly inferior team excusable? I don't get it (by the way, I do agree that a top four playoff would help silence some future whiners); I guess those folks would have been happier if Alabama had sat home and (possibly) watched LSU trounce OK State. Sure LSU may have won, but would that have meant that it had beaten the second best team in the nation? Obviously, last night's game indicates that an LSU win against any other BCS contender would have meant that the best team in the country was not even in the game. Congrats Alabama, see you next year...Geaux Tigers!!!!

Since: Jun 26, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 7:17 am

QUICK HITS: Alabama 21, LSU 0

Congrats to Bama, Geaux Tigers!

Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 6:30 am

QUICK HITS: Alabama 21, LSU 0

Georgia Southern scored 21 points against Alabama. LSU's offense sucked tonight.

Since: Aug 16, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:28 am

QUICK HITS: Alabama 21, LSU 0

Oklahoma State would have gotten destroyed by the defense. Sure, they'd have moved the ball better, but their defense would have allowed Bama more points than LSU's. Jaret Lee wouldn't have had a chance against that pass rush. That's why Jefferson was in there. Some of you commentators don't really seem to understand defensive football well at all. Les Miles knew what he was seeing and made the right choices. That Bama defense is one of the best of all time. Have you seen their stats for the season? 

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