BCS Championship Live Blog: Alabama downs LSU 21-0
With Alabama's dominant victory, they have to be No. 1 in all polls, no?
Update: 21-0 ALABAMA: It's all but over, folks. Trent Richardson finally appeared and made his presence felt with a long touchdown run. Finally a touchdown between these teams. LSU's defense has to worn down from spending the whole game on the field.
Shelley missed the extra point.
So who gets your National Championship vote?
Update: Well, LSU got the ball past midfield for the first time. But that was it. Dont'a Hightower stripped Jefferson on fourth and long and Alabama as the ball up two scores with six minutes remaining.
Update: END OF THE THIRD QUARTER: 15-0 ALABAMA. Does LSU have a comeback in them? The Jordan Jefferson experiment lives on. Somewhere Tyler Palko is shaking his head.
Update: 15-0 ALABAMA. The Jeremy Shelley show continues. Shelley boots a 44-yarder and the Crimson Tide leads 15-0. Shelley is now 5-7 on field goals.
Update: I understand that the SEC has won five consecutive National Championships, but this game has to set them back a bit. Yes, Alabama's defense is great, but LSU couldn't move the ball on Washington or Baylor today. There is no plan on offense, and even worse execution.
Update: The interception doesn't cost Alabama. Shelley pushes the field goal wide right. He is now 4-6 today on kicks.
Could this be a spark for LSU? Jefferson is still in the game.
Update: Jordan Jefferson is a disaster. Misread on the option and then chooses to try and shovel the ball up in the air when it looks like he was going to run with the ball, and Spencer Ware had already turned around to block so C.J. Moseley of Alabama got the interception and the Tide is set up yet again. This has to be the end for Jefferson.
Unfortunately, Moseley was injured when Jefferson tackled him, and it appears it could be his knee, and it could be bad.
Update: 12-0 ALABAMA. Kicker Jeremy Shelley is making his case for MVP of the game. Alabama is setting the tone in the second half... and they are picking on Tyrann Mathieu. Who would have thought?
Update: HALFTIME: 9-0 ALABAMA. The Crimson Tide completely dominated the Tigers in the first half as LSU has only one first down and 43 yards. Who would have thought, but A.J. McCarron has been the best player on the field. He is 18 of 25 for 156 yards.
Three field goals by Jeremy Shelley puts the Crimson Tide in the lead. Alabama has already outscored itself from Nov. 5. game.
LSU is going to have to make some serious second-half adjustments--which they've done all season--to win this game. Might it be a Tyrann Mathieu punt return? A switch to Jarrett Lee?
What do you think the Tigers need to do to win this game?
Update: 6-0 ALABAMA. LSU came up with a big stop on 3rd and 1, but the Tide extended its lead with another field goal. For those keeping track, Alabama has lined up for four field goals today. They've made two, faked one and missed one. LSU hasn't done anything on offense--one first down so far.
Update: Two big plays on this drive by Alabama, and on both of them Outland Trophy winner Barrett Jones got away with blatant holds. The referees are letting the players play.
Update: Will we see Jarrett Lee anytime soon? Jordan Jefferson looks nervous and the LSU offense can't move the ball whatsoever.
Update: Fake field goal to no avail. Alabama's field goal attempt was blocked by Brockers, and Alabama still leads 3-0. Field goals cost Alabama the first meeting between the teams, will it cost them the second?
Update: Fake field goal for Alabama works perfectly. Great play design by Nick Saban. Got the first down by an inch.
Update: END OF FIRST QUARTER: 3-0 ALABAMA. The Tide is moving the ball using play action successfully. A.J. McCarron has been the best player on the field. He just hit sophomore Kevin Norwood, who beat Heisman finalist Tyrann Mathieu, for 26 yards and Alabama is in Tiger territory.
Update: Marquis Maze is out of the locker room with a wrapped left leg from a pulled hamstring. It looks like he will return. He's got eight months to heal.
Update: 3-0 ALABAMA. After the big punt return, Alabama draws first blood with a field goal. It is a win for LSU though after Maze's long punt return.
Update: LSU has to punt again and Alabama takes advantage as Marquis Maze returned the Brad Wing punt 49 yards to inside LSU's 30. However, it was a costly play for Alabama, as Maze came up lame.
Very conservative play calling by the Tigers. Jefferson has yet to attempt a pass. Also, Alabama may have gotten away with a horse collar on third down.
Update: After a pair of first downs, Alabama will have to punt. Alabama clearly wanted to get quarterback A.J. McCarron comfortable early in the game, as the Crimson Tide began with two easy play-action passes. The 'Bama punt was out of bounds by design to keep the ball away from LSU's dynamic returner Tyrann Mathieu.
Update: LSU got the ball first and went three and out after Jordan Jefferson fumbled the snap on third down.
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