Bama's Shelley redeems kickers in LSU rematch

January 10, 2012 - 12:47 AM
BCS Championship Football

Alabama's Jeremy Shelley (90) has a field goal blocked during the first half of the BCS National Championship college football game against LSU Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Jeremy Shelley redeemed Alabama's kickers.

Shelley overcame a few errant kicks to equal a bowl record with five field goals in the Crimson Tide's 21-0 win over LSU in Monday night's BCS championship game.

It meant Alabama (12-1) survived this time though its offense, again, kept getting turned back. Cade Foster missed three field goals in the first game against LSU on Nov. 5 and Shelley had one blocked in the 9-6 defeat.

The Tide was left to wonder if those errant kicks would keep the team from the title game.

Shelley topped his previous season-high of 37 yards twice in the finale.

A blocked and missed field goal and a botched extra point turned into mere footnotes for Shelley this time, instead of an agonizing legacy.