Stat Line Of The Night — 1/9/12 — Bama Defense
After losing in November to the LSU Tigers, many thought that the Alabama Crimson Tide had lost their opportunity to play for the National Championship. But following losses by Boise State, Stanford and Oklahoma State, the Crimson Tide were given another shot at their SEC rivals last night. And they made the most of it, thanks in large part to the play of their defense.
Heading into the game the Tide ranked atop the nation in total defense, scoring defense, pass defense and rush defense, and they still managed to save their best performance of the season for last night’s contest.
The Tigers’ offense and quarterback Jordan Jefferson were not match for the Alabama defense, as they managed only five first downs and 92 total yards, while committing two turnovers (one interception and one fumble lost). The LSU offense didn’t even cross midfield until midway through the fourth quarter, and they couldn’t score a single point, as the Tide cruised to the 21-0 victory.
Leading the defense on this night was Courtney Upshaw, who recorded seven tackles and one sack, and earned honors as the game’s Defensive MVP. He, along with the rest of his teammates on defense, have now helped Bama earn their second National Championship in three years, and their impressive effort during last night’s title game earns them “The Stat Line of the Night” for Monday, January 9, 2012.