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2012 BCS National Championship Game

2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game
BCS Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Alabama 3 6 6 6 21
LSU 0 0 0 0 0
Date January 9, 2012
Season 2011
Stadium Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Location New Orleans, Louisiana
MVP Offense: QB AJ McCarron (Alabama)
Defense: LB Courtney Upshaw (Alabama)
Favorite Alabama by 1½[1]
National anthem Anthony Laciura
Referee Scott Novak (Big 12 Conference)
Halftime show Allstate 60 seconds of Mayhem Field Goal Challenge
Attendance 78,237
Payout US$21.2 million
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN, ESPN 3D, Xbox Live, ESPN 3[2]
Announcers: Brent Musburger (Play-by-Play)
Kirk Herbstreit (Analyst)
Erin Andrews and Tom Rinaldi (Sidelines)
Nielsen ratings 16.2 (24.2 million viewers)
BCS National Championship Game
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The 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game was a postseason college football bowl game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the LSU Tigers, and determined the national champion of the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season on Monday, January 9, 2012, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The game was part of the 2011–2012 Bowl Championship Series and was the concluding game of the season for both teams.[3] Alabama beat LSU 21–0 to win their 14th national championship, marking the first shutout in a national championship game since the 1992 Orange Bowl and the first ever shutout in a BCS bowl game.[4][5][6] The game had the third-lowest TV rating, 14.01, in the 14-year history of the BCS National Championship game.[7][8]

It was LSU's first loss in a bowl played in New Orleans (which has a close proximity to the LSU campus in Baton Rouge) since the 1987 Sugar Bowl.


LSU was selected to participate in the BCS National Championship Game after a 13–0 regular season that culminated with a 42–10 win over the 2011 SEC Championship Game. Alabama was picked as the other half of the match-up following an 11–1 campaign, with their only loss coming against LSU in overtime during the regular season. Over the following weeks, a series of upsets resulted in the Crimson Tide receiving a No. 2 ranking in the final BCS Rankings to qualify for the championship game. The selection of Alabama was controversial, and decried by writers such as Rick Reilly, and by fans who claimed other opponents, most prominently the Oklahoma State Cowboys (who finished second in most of the computer rankings), were more deserving of a spot in the game. The controversy lent support to the ever-increasing call for a college football playoff. Ironically, it was the conferences whose teams finished 3rd and 4th (the Big 12 and the Pac-12) who had rejected the SEC's proposal for a 4-team playoff system in 2008.[9]

This game was the first time in the 14-year history of the BCS that the National Championship Game featured two teams from the same conference, let alone the same division (similar to what happened in the 2011 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament six months prior, featuring two teams from the SEC, although that match-up came about through a playoff). This was also the first time that the BCS National Championship Game was a rematch from a regular season game, although the 1996 season's Bowl Alliance National Championship game was also a rematch, when Florida defeated Florida State 52–20 for the national title in the 1997 Sugar Bowl. As a result of the matchup, the SEC's streak of producing the BCS champion was assured of extending to six straight seasons.


Alabama was ranked first in rushing with 219.83 yards per game and in total defense (191.25 ypg), including scoring defense (8.83), rushing (74.92 yards per game) and passing (116.33 yards per game). Key players for the Crimson Tide were RB Trent Richardson (164.67 yards per game, 1583 rushing yards), OT Barrett Jones (Outland Trophy recipient), LB Courtney Upshaw (17 tackles for losses and 8.5 sacks), and S Mark Barron (66 total tackles, 42 solos).


LSU ranked first in the conference in scoring offense (38.46) and second in the nation in total defense (252.08 yards). The Tigers averaged 375.31 yards per game with 215.15 yards in rushing and 160.15 yards in passing. The leaders of this team were CB Tyrann Mathieu (Chuck Bednarik Award recipient), CB Morris Claiborne (Jim Thorpe Award recipient, six interceptions for 173 yards, 1 TD and 6th overall draft pick), DE Sam Montgomery (13 tackles for loss, 9 sacks for −55 yards), WR Rueben Randle (53 receptions, 917 yards, and 8 TD's) and P Brad Wing (44.14 punt average).

Game summary

Alabama won the coin toss with a call of "tails" and elected to defer their decision to the second half.

LSU's first possession set the tone for the game. They fumbled the ball on the opening play and ultimately ended up punting the football to Alabama after failing to gain a first down. The rest of the first half was dominated by both defenses. Alabama got within field goal range four times and kicker Jeremy Shelley made three of his attempts to give Alabama a 9–0 lead at halftime.[10] LSU gained only one first down and was unable to cross the 50-yard line for the entire first half.[6]

The second half played out much the same as the first. Alabama's defense allowed LSU to cross the 50-yard line only once and gave up only four more first downs.[6] Alabama was able to add 6 more points from field goals and another 6 points on a 34-yard rush by Heisman Trophy finalist Trent Richardson.[11]

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP Alabama LSU
1 5:00 5 20 1:54 Alabama 23-yard field goal by Jeremy Shelley 3 0
2 4:18 11 58 6:12 Alabama 34-yard field goal by Jeremy Shelley 6 0
2 0:00 9 52 1:59 Alabama 41-yard field goal by Jeremy Shelley 9 0
3 12:49 6 50 2:11 Alabama 35-yard field goal by Jeremy Shelley 12 0
3 0:22 6 20 3:01 Alabama 44-yard field goal by Jeremy Shelley 15 0
4 4:36 4 50 1:39 Alabama Trent Richardson 34-yard touchdown run, Jeremy Shelley kick no good (miss right) 21 0
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 21 0


Statistics Alabama LSU
First Downs 21 5
Total offense, plays – yards 69–384 44–92
Rushes-yards (net) 35–150 27–39
Passing yards (net) 234 53
Passes, Comp-Att-Int 23–34–0 11–17–1
Time of Possession 35:26 24:34

See also



  1. ^ Vegas Insider – College Football Betting Lines
  2. ^ Dufresne, Chris (June 13, 2009). "Rose Bowl game moving to ESPN in 2011". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Alabama’s BCS Win: A Fitting End to a Subpar Bowl Season". Time. January 9, 2012. Retrieved January 12, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Alabama's D embarrasses LSU as five FGs, late TD seal national title". ESPN. January 9, 2012. Retrieved January 12, 2012. 
  5. ^ "BCS national championship: Alabama handles LSU 21–0 to claim title". Washington Post. January 9, 2012. Retrieved January 12, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c "No. 2 Alabama beats No. 1 LSU 21–0 for BCS title". Sports Illustrated. January 9, 2012. Retrieved May 13, 2013. 
  7. ^ Solomon, Jon (January 10, 2012) "Alabama-LSU produces third-lowest TV rating for national championship in BCS era."
  8. ^ "BCS National Championship 2012: Terrible Ratings Show BCS Got It Wrong". Bleacherreport. January 9, 2012. Retrieved January 12, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b Wetzel, Dan (December 3, 2011). "SEC reaps reward of rejected playoff plan". Retrieved May 13, 2013. 
  10. ^ Schlabach, Mark (January 10, 2012). "This time, Shelley gets his kicks". ESPN. Retrieved January 14, 2012. 
  11. ^ Barnhart, Tony (January 10, 2012). "Richardson's touchdown run in BCS title game caps illustrious career". Retrieved January 14, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Alabama Crimson Tide vs. LSU Tigers – Box Score". ESPN. January 10, 2012. Retrieved January 14, 2012. 

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