No. 2 Alabama beats No. 1 LSU 21-0 for BCS title

January 9, 2012 - 11:37 PM
BCS Championship Football

Alabama's Jeremy Shelley (90) reacts with AJ McCarron (10) and Chris Underwood (87) after making a field goal during the first half of the BCS National Championship college football game against LSU Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Jeremy Shelley kicked five field goals and Trent Richardson broke a 34-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter as No. 2 Alabama beat No. 1 LSU 21-0 on Monday night — the first shutout in BCS title game history.

Richardson swept around left end and raced down the sideline to the end zone with 4:36 left for the first touchdown between the Southeastern Conference rivals in more than 115 minutes of play and one overtime period.

Alabama had put it away before that as Shelley kicked field goals of 23, 34, 41, 35 and 44 yards in the first three quarters to make it 15-0, matching an all-bowl record. He also missed two field goals and an extra-point attempt.

But this time the missed kicks didn't matter to the Tide.

The Tigers and Tide met on Nov. 5 in what was dubbed the Game of the Century, and the Tigers won a touchdown-less, defensive standoff, 9-6 in overtime. Alabama went 2 for 6 on field goals in Tuscaloosa.