Domination! Alabama steam rolls LSU
January 10, 2012By James Stephens of George Rogers Clark High School
It was simply domination. Alabama dominated every part of the BCS Championship game against LSU. In a 21-0 victory in a jazzed up New Orleans, Alabama head coach Nick Saban captured his third BCS championship, and his second in three years.
Crimson Tide quarterback A.J McCarron played flawless football against the so-called "best secondary in the nation". McCarron threw for 234 yards on 23 of 34 passing, and was the huge difference between this game, and the last.
McCarron also perofrmed without his best reciever Marquis Maze, who left the game in the first half with a hamstring injury. What was most stunning though, was how "The Honeybadger" (who Brent Musberger said at least 20 times, not kidding), was picked apart and was shown for what he is, a fast guy who can't tackle or be physical at the line of scrimmage.
Alabama ran for 150 yards and averaged 4.3 yards a carry, carrying Tiger defenders with them the whole night. What was interesting to me was how Alabama runningbacks carried piles forward, while LSU's ballcarriers fell backward every time. LSU ran for just 39 yards and averaged 1.4 yards per carry.
Leading up to the game, Tigers coach Les Miles said on his team's media day "the more important the game, the more sincere the contact". Les was certainly right, but his team came out and was smacked in the face.
LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson looked as if he saw 22 Crimson Tide jerseys on defense. He was simply scared of the contact. On the option, that troubled Alabama on the first go-around, Jefferson didn't even think of attacking and running upfield (though if I were in his shoes I would too).
He just pitched it out to one of the quartet of runningbacks who was seemingly always brought down at least three yards behind the line of scrimmage.
Jefferson was under relentless pressure from the Bama defense and was 11-17 for just 53 yards and an interception.