BCS Game Notes: Alabama claims 14th National Championship with win over LSU

ALABAMA FOOTBALL BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME POST-GAME NOTES – ALABAMA vs. LSU MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 2012 • MERCEDES-BENZ SUPERDOME • NEW ORLEANS, LA. (courtesy of UA Media Relations)

ALABAMA WINS 14th NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: The Alabama Crimson Tide earned its 14th national championship in school history at the 2012 BCS National Championship Game on Monday night in New Orleans, La. Alabama has won national championships in 1925, 1926, 1930, 1934, 1941, 1961, 1965, 1966, 1973, 1978, 1979, 1992, 2009 and 2011. The Crimson Tide finished the 2011 season with a 12-1 record. The combined record of the 14 national championship teams is 157-7-2.

NO. 1 VERSUS NO. 2 MATCHUPS: The 2011 BCS National Championship Game marked the 46th time since the inception of the Associated Press football poll in 1936 that the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked teams have met. Alabama entered the game ranked No. 2 in the latest AP poll, while LSU was the unanimous No. 1 team. It was the fifth No. 1 vs. No. 2 game for the Crimson Tide in the last four years, with Alabama going 3-2 in those matchups as Alabama played in its eighth No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup. Alabama is 5-3 in games matching No. 1 vs. No. 2 with wins over Penn State (1979 Sugar Bowl), Miami (1993 Sugar Bowl), Florida (2009 SEC Championship Game), Texas (2010 BCS National Championship Game) and LSU (2012 BCS National Championship Game) and losses to Nebraska (1972 Orange Bowl), Florida (2008 SEC Championship Game) and LSU (2011 regular season).

ALABAMA’S BOWL RECORD: With the win, the Crimson Tide has posted a 33-22-3 record in its 58 bowl appearances. Alabama owns the NCAA record for most bowl games (58) and most victories (33). That record reflects one vacated bowl appearance in the 2006 Cotton Bowl (a victory over Texas Tech).

TIDE IMPROVES TO 49-3 UNDER SABAN WHEN LEADING AT THE HALF: Alabama led LSU at halftime, 9-0. With the win, the Crimson Tide is 49-3 when leading at halftime under head coach Nick Saban.

ALABAMA IN BCS TITLE GAMES: With the victory, Alabama improves to 2-0 in BCS National Championship Games. Before tonight’s win over LSU, the Crimson Tide defeated Texas, 37-21, in its other BCS Championship Game appearance at Pasadena, Calif., on January 7, 2010, concluding the 2009 season.

ALABAMA-LSU SERIES: Monday night’s BCS Championship game marked the 76th meeting between the Crimson Tide and Tigers and second of the 2011 season. With the victory, the Tide leads the Tigers in the series 46-25-5.

BEATING THE BEST: With the win over LSU, Alabama is 18-6 against the Associated Press Top 25 over the past four seasons and is 10-4 against AP top 10 teams. The Crimson Tide is 4-1 vs. top 25 teams in 2011. Alabama went 6-3 against the AP Top 25 last season.

ALABAMA DEFENSE
UPSHAW MOVES UP SACKS CHART: Senior linebacker Courtney Upshaw moved into the top 10 in sacks in a season with 9.5, recording a 10-yard sack of LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson in the BCS Championship Game. Upshaw entered the game ranked second in the SEC and tied for 14th nationally with 1.42 tackles for loss per game or 17 for losses of 85 yards. Upshaw was also tied for fourth in the SEC with .71 sacks per game (8.5 for minus-57 yards) while making 45 total tackles with a team-high 11 quarterback hurries. He ended tonight with 36.5 career tackles for loss (-168 yards) and 17.5 sacks (-108 yards).

QUARTERBACK SACKS – SEASON
27.0 Derrick Thomas (204 yards) 1988
18.0 Derrick Thomas (142 yards) 1987
11.0 Emanuel King (76 yards) 1983
10.5 Eric Curry (59 yards) 1992
10.5 John Copeland (45 yards) 1992
10.0 Cornelius Bennett (78 yards) 1986
10.0 Darrell Blackburn (66 yards) 1995
10.0 Jeremy Nunley (36 yards) 1993
9.5 Courtney Upshaw (67 yards) 2011
9.0 Jarret Johnson (72 yards) 2001
9.0 Kindal Moorehead (74 yards) 2002

DEFENSE MAKES A STATEMENT: The Alabama defense was suffocating tonight against LSU, allowing only 92 total yards (39 rushing, 53 passing) and just 5 first downs. Alabama entered the game limiting opponents to an average of 191.3 total yards of offense, ranking Alabama first in the nation in total defense. The Tide also entered the game ranked first nationally in the remaining defensive categories, including pass efficiency (83.97 passer efficiency rating), scoring defense (8.8 ppg), rushing defense (74.9 ypg) and pass defense (116.3 ypg).

GAMES WITH AN INTERCEPTION: With a C.J. Mosley interception against LSU, Alabama has recorded at least one interception in 10 of its 13 games this season. The Tide recorded an interception in 11 of the 13 games in 2010, putting together a run of 20 games with a pick in its last 26 outings. Nine different Tide players have tallied an interception in 2011, with Dee Milliner leading the way with three.

10 POINTS OR LESS: Alabama shutout LSU on Monday night in the BCS National Championship Game. Under head coach Nick Saban, the Crimson Tide has held opponents to 10 points or less 33 times since the start of the 2007 season, including nine times in 13 games this season. Last season, Alabama held opponents to 10 points or less eight times and limited opponents to that mark seven times in 2009 and 2008. In 2007, the Tide posted two games in which it held opponents to that mark.

FIRST HALF DEFENSE: With LSU being shutout in the first half, Alabama has allowed seven points or less in 15 of its last 16 first halves of play against opponents from the Football Bowl Subdivision. Over that span, the Crimson Tide has surrendered just three points or less on nine occasions, including six shutouts. Alabama also only allowed one first down and 43 total yards against the Tigers in the half.

HOLDING OPPONENTS UNDER 200: Alabama held LSU to 92 total yards in tonight’s victory. During head coach Nick Saban’s last 53 games at the Capstone, the Crimson Tide defense has held the opposing offense to less than 200 yards of total offense 22 times. Alabama accomplished the feat 8 times this season, limiting Kent State to 90 total yards, North Texas to 169 total yards, Vanderbilt to 190 total yards, Mississippi to 141 yards, Tennessee to 155 yards, Mississippi State to 131 yards, Auburn to 140 yards and LSU to 92 yards. The 92 yards against LSU also marked the third time a Saban defense has limited its opponent to less than 100 yards of total offense. Alabama’s best came in 2009 when they held Chattanooga to 84 yards of total offense. The Tide held opponents under 200 yards three times in 2010, four times in 2009 and six times in 2008.

NOWHERE TO RUN: Alabama held LSU to 39 rushing yards in the BCS National Championship Game. In head coach Nick Saban’s 67-game tenure at Alabama, the Crimson Tide has limited the opposition to less than 100 rushing yards 42 times, or 62.7 percent of the time.

STIFLING DEFENSE: The Alabama defense stifled opponents in 2011, allowing just 12 touchdowns in 13 games to lead the nation with just 0.9 touchdowns per game. A big part of that success can be attributed to allowing just 10.5 first downs per game, which also leads the nation. Alabama permitted only 5 first downs by LSU on Monday night.

ALABAMA OFFENSE
RICHARDSON SETS ALABAMA SEASON RUSHING MARK: Running back Trent Richardson broke the Alabama single-season rushing yards mark against LSU with 96 yards on 20 carries. That total gave Richardson 1,679 rushing yards in 2011 to surpass Mark Ingram’s 1,658 yards set in 2009.

McCARRON MOVES UP COMPLETIONS LIST: Quarterback AJ McCarron completed 23 of 34 pass attempts for 234 yards without an interception to lead Alabama past LSU for the BCS National Championship. McCarron now stands third on the Alabama single-season pass completions list with 219 completions in 2011. John Parker Wilson holds the Alabama record with 255 completions in 2007. McCarron’s yardage upped his season total to 2,634. That total ranks fourth in Alabama history. Greg McElroy set the record with 2,987 yards passing in 2010.

ALABAMA SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
SHELLEY’S RECORD NIGHT: Junior placekicker Jeremy Shelley now ranks fifth in Alabama history in points scored in a season with 115. Shelley scored 15 of the Crimson Tide’s 21 points, with field goals from 23, 34, 35, 41 and a career-long 44 yards. In addition, he is now second for the most points scored in a season by a kicker with 115. Shelley’s 5 field goals set a new BCS National Championship game record as well as a new record for any bowl game.

POINTS – SEASON
144 Shaun Alexander (24 TDs) 1999
138 Trent Richardson (23 TDs) 2011
132 Leigh Tiffin (30 FGs, 42 PATs) 2009
120 Mark Ingram (20 TDs) 2009
115 Jeremy Shelley (21 FGs, 52 PATs) 2011
111 Leigh Tiffin (25 FGs, 36 PATs) 2007
108 Siran Stacy (18 TDs) 1989
106 Leigh Tiffin (20 FGs, 46 PATs) 2008
104 Bobby Humphrey (17 TDs, 1 2-Pt.) 1986
102 Shaun Alexander (17 TDs) 1998

POINTS – SEASON (KICKERS)
132 Leigh Tiffin (30 FGs, 42 PATs) 2009
115 Jeremy Shelley (21 FGs, 52 PATs) 2011
111 Leigh Tiffin (25 FGs, 36 PATs) 2007
106 Leigh Tiffin (20 FGs, 46 PATs) 2008
100 Philip Doyle (22 FGs, 34 PATs) 1989
97 Philip Doyle (24 FGs, 25 PATs) 1990
97 Michael Proctor (22 FGs, 31 PATs) 1993
94 Michael Proctor (19FGs, 37 PATs) 1992
86 Jeremy Shelley (12 FGs, 50 PATs) 2010
85 Philip Doyle (19 FGs, 28 PATs) 1988

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  1. 1
    Yellowhammer

    flash hahahaahaahha really not even the first point hahahahaha lswho??? you losers got bitch slappd by a real defense and the honey badger??? how many highlights were of that dope smoking bum getting beat!!! hahahahhaha talk shit now with that big goose egg in your mouth you punk bitch!!!

    • 2
      The Flash

      And show your class Yellowhammer who didn’t even engage before the game but sure ran here to run his mouth after a win. What a little chicken chit! I’m sure a goose egg is better than what you have in your mouth most of the time, you child molesting perverted bitch!

  2. 6
    BamaBrando

    Flash don’t have the guts to show up here again. She is curled up in the fetal position hugging her Les Miles doll crying herself to sleep right now, hoping this was all just a bad dream when she wakes up in the morning.

    • 7
      The Flash

      Again you don’t know shyt do you brando. Go read your beat down posted in the other so called article on this site. But I know one thing you ass sure would not have been here if bama had lost.

      I’ve got more guts than you will ever have. Now go back to your wet dream of sleeping with Saban.

      • 8
        BamaBrando

        At least you took the bait. I might not know ‘shyt’, but I do know I told you what was going to happen if Bama won, and I was right. And you have been wrong all season trying to convince us that Miles is a greater coach than Saban. You were bragging about Miles out-coaching Saban in the 9-6 OT game. Saban made Miles look like a high school coach on the national stage, and he may never get over it. Ask any of those media people you have been quoting all year and see who they think the better coach is. I notice you don’t respond to that, it is just name calling and avoiding what I am calling you out on. And telling us we have no class and crap like that, like you are an expert on it.

  3. 10
    Alex Hamilton

    So, late last year I stopped visiting this site. I stopped paying attention to Bama football, stopped caring because when Auburn bought a championship it ruined it for me. I quit. I quit caring.

    My hat goes off to Coach Nick Saban. He didn’t quit. My hats off to the Alabama players. They did not quit. And this time, Bama showed how great that they really are. That team showed the world how to finish.

  4. 11
    DES

    Hate to say this FLASH but i will get back to u on some of the above postings. Gump and Bubba 4 u 2. Your team ( and coaches) were just over matched by a better team. So now out any other thoughts get with Boris and have a little more to drink and listen to tony joe white sang/ 42-14 and a big 21-00000.

  5. 13
    bamabino

    ” Saban? What is best in life?”

    “To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of the women.”

    ROLL TIDE ROLL!

  6. 14
    The Flash

    4 out of 10 post comsumed by me here also, so I will just copy and post what I posted to the previous column.

    So Bamabrando you are wrong once again.

    “Just back from New Orleans and here I am just as I said I would be!

    Congratutlations to the decent Alabama fans, Bama played a good game and McCarron played a great game.

    But just as I thought you bammers are worst winners than you are losers, especially, the biggest asswhole of all the bammers, Crimsonite. Amazing 18 post here and 8 are consumed by me, The Flash, by asking where I am! LMAO!

    I actually met some very nice Alabama fans in New Orleans and enjoyed some good natured fun and intelligent conversations for three days before the game. Obviously none of them post here. But boy did the Alabama asses come out after the game. Why can’t your fan base win with class. You’ve won enough why do you think you have to throw it in everbody faces and act like your entitled! It just make you and Alabama look bad.

    So again congratulations to the Updyke Nation for there 9th national championship. And congatulations on your team being the one game BCS Champions, even if you weren’t good enough to win the SEC Championship for this season, but since LSU did win The SEC Championship I guess that make us TIED in Championships for the year just like we were TIED 1-1 in games played against each other this year. Maybe you should even consider changing your team name from the Crimson Tide to the Crimsion TIED! LMAO”

    • 15
      Darren Franks

      Flash i will agree we do have some radicals on this site but LSU has some freaks also.As for the game, it was no game Alabama dominated every phase of it.For the tie you speak of,yeah maybe so but I would pick a national championship every day of the week.Is there really any debate to who the best team in the country is?For LSU I tip my cap to that defense because they were in bad positions all night and kept bama out of the end zone until late in game and did anyone notice Jordan Jefferson with the deer in head lights look?Was the stage to big for him or what?His performance was beyond terrible.One thing is for sure LSU will be more than a hand full next year.

    • 16
      BamaBrando

      Well at least you took the bait Flash. But don’t feel so flattered by the attention you are getting. It important to note that YOU were the biggest LSU blowhard posting over here. You were posting probably around 100 times, everyday, trying your best to scour some fact, some media opinion, hell, anything to try your best to prove us wrong. Out of ALL the LSU trolls that come here this season, YOU were the one who has the most crow to eat with all your crap you have been repeating over and over again. You had yourself convinced that all that bullshit was true. That knotted up pain you have inside right now is just your foolish pride. It won’t go away soon. You get to remember the year LSU almost got the NC, but SABAN punched you in the nose and beat you to it. It was worth the OT loss just to be the team that LSU had to go through AGAIN to win it all. Couldn’t have played out much better, especially with the way Bama dominated the game. You tried your best to convince yourself this could not possibly happen, yet it did. And you are still a dickhead, win or lose. Man it would have to suck to lose a National Championship game like that. I wouldn’t know, because I have never seen Bama lose one yet out of the 5 that I have watched them play for in my lifetime. Will LSU ever recover from being humiliated at the hands of Saban?

      • 17
        The Flash

        I didn’t take any bait Brando, I came back here just like I said I would. Unlike most of you sidewalk bama fans who post on here, I actually graduated from LSU and received tickets from the university for the game and attended it as opposed to sitting at my coomputer during and or right after the game because you were at home. I showed up an posted as soon as I got back home just like I said I would because I am more of a man than you will ever be brando.

        You obviously don’t read or comprehend very well because I have very little crow to eat based on the things I said compared to the crow you and others like you had to eat after the first game. I didn’t gurantee a win, like Crimsonite did 31-6 for that first game! Far from it. Most of the stats are comments that I made before the game are still true. Saban won a game he needed to now be TIED against Miles. He didn’t win six games with that one victory. Personally if we had to play a team in a game in which we played so badly I’m glad it was Alabama because Oklahoma State or West Virginia would probably beat us 35-0 or worse. I mean win the other team can’t even get but 1 first down in a half and all your offense can do when you had the ball the entire first half is 9 points,the last 3 coming with 4 seconds on the clock, come on man.

        Alabama was humiliated on there own home field by the bafoon Miles and recovered, so yes I’m sure, much to your displeasure next year LSU will recover. YOU didn’t actually kill anybody you know.

        And you are the only one that looks at a dickhead in the mirror every morning! This win does not make you a better person or better than anyone else, despite what you think dickhead!

  7. 19
    Crimsonite

    Speaking of asshole fans who can’t win and be polite – maybe someone should cut and past together all the posts of both of those shyt heads since October. And who is trolling on who’s board? A National Championship trumps a Conference Championship every time. And this was such an unmittigated slaughter that everyone but Corndogs have already forgotten the Nov 5th game cause now they know it was an accident. What’s more asswipe, it was the LSWho fans sticking their arms out the car windows on their way to the game and flipping off Bama cars – not the other way around. It was the Corndog fans in the French Quarter who wanted to start fights – not the other way around. Everytime you bastards drink you want to fight. You pussies can’t hold your liquor. Wonder how many Corndog wives and girlfriends were in the hospital this morning? Bwaa haww haww! I’m looking at the world through Crimson glasses today, and the view is awesome! RTR!

    • 20
      The Flash

      You look at the world through Crimson glasses everyday you ignorant moron. And since when is this your board? When I first came over here I never saw where it said for Alabama fans only? What the matter you can’t handle another fans point of view? You’re always complaining that non Alabama fans are here expressing an opinion and you have to call us trolls. I been here more than some of these bammers who have posted since the game was won. No one has forgotten Nov.5th except Alabama fans, as much as you would like that to be true.

      And what’s more asslicker, it was the Alabama fans flipping off LSU fans or your favorite, cursing out LSU fans, including women and children, because they can’t handle any kind of liquor besides moonshine.

      “Wonder how many Corndog wives and girlfriends were in the hospital this morning?” Wow what a man you must be proud to be when you look in the mirror to even make a statemant like that.

      Winning is not good enough for asswholes like you Crimsonite.

      • 21
        BamaBrando

        You are a troll. You are a dickhead. No one here likes you, and no one cares about your opinion. Hey, if it were me, and I was somewhere I wasn’t wanted, I wouldn’t have no problem getting the hell out. Face the truth, you came here trying to piss people off (getting pretty mad yourself when it comes back on you) running your goober smoocher because LSU being ranked number filled you up with enough bravado to dare seek out a Bama site and beat your chest. Your Saban envy has brought on all kinds of issues with you. We get it. You hate Saban because he left LSU, and came back to Bama. You feel like he wronged you in some way. It is personal to you. You hope and pray every day that Miles can do something to keep Saban from being successful. You get upset if we say Miles acts ‘retarted’ at times. You want to think Miles is the top coach in college football, even though most ‘experts’ in the media clearly believe Saban is probably on top of the game as well as anyone every has been. Some would say he is even better than Bear Bryant in his prime. Saban is a great coach, and will go down in history as one of the best in college. Miles, well it is looking like he is just the guy that replaced a legend at LSU, and played second fiddle to Saban as he built a dynasty at Alabama.

        Hehehe i can just see you fizzling out right now. Go ahead, spit and cuss at me some more. But you know I am right.

  8. 22
    Fat_Die

    Rofl, I can imagine there was some serious domestic abuse going on in them swamps last night and the old ladies are still catching hell and right hooks today. ROLL TIDE ROLL! !

  9. 23
    Fat_Die

    And as far as our fan base winning with class and not throwing it in anyones faces, LSU fans can dish it out but can’t take it. The pot calling the kettle black huh Flash? You went all out since the 5th with throwing stuff in faces and rubbing it in. But maybe you were just misunderstood? 90 percent of the people I work with on the water are LSU fan base and I can honestly tell you only 1 of them can carry a decent conversation about football.
    The rest have been rubbing it in and downing bama since the 5th. I go back to work in 2 days and can’t wait to shit talk these fools and give back to them what I got for weeks on end.

  10. 24
    BamaBrando

    And where is Just a Fan? Of course he is a Just a No-Show now. He won’t show up here again like the rest of them. I will give Flash props for at least showing up, even though he could only manage to copy and paste a very weak response to backing up his big mouth. I mean weak. But I guess that is all he has got. That punch he took Monday night sucked the wind right out of him.

      • 26
        Darren Franks

        Did you guys know the LSU team is still stuck on the side of the inerstate just outside of New Orleans ?It seems some prankster painted a 50 yard line on the road and they cant figure out how to cross it.

    • 27
      The Flash

      Like the rest of who Brando, all you’ve did was say how I wouldn’t show up here again. I cut and paste because the same response was relevant in both places that you kept claiming that I wouldn’t show up again. I’m here where you wouldn’t be if Alabama had lost. And you know it.

      Roll TIED!

      • 28
        Darren Franks

        Flas I give you mad credit for being a man and showing up.I know for sure half of these guys would never show back up if the tide would have lost.For me its business as usual.We expect championships and we get our far share of them.The non radical Bama fans win with pride and let our team do the talking on the field.One of the best quotes ever”act like you have been there before” RTR!!!!!

      • 29
        BamaBrando

        I know, Flash. What a brave soul you are. What is the saying about the line between bravery and stupidity? I did put the bait out there, because I know that a simple minded fool like you wouldn’t pass up the chance to prove me wrong. After all, I have been bitch-slapping you with the facts over and over again. And all that chest thumping and big talk you produced over the course of the season, only to watch your team get beat like that in the end leaves you with nothing. You really have no argument, but you do keep trying. Like I said, not sure if it is bravery or you are just stupid. I have my suspicions, but I will just keep it to myself.

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