Alabama BCS National Championship Postgame Notes
Jan. 9, 2012
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.
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
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.
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
POINTS – SEASON (KICKERS)
132 Leigh Tiffin (30 FGs, 42 PATs) 2009