My game story from the BCS championship

I hope I got everything into this one. Nothing beats unreasonable deadlines (totally kidding) on the biggest night of the year.

NEW ORLEANS — A year of tragedy and rebirth in Alabama ended Monday night with extra redemption.

And a 14th national title.

The Crimson Tide left no questions when the stakes were raised in Round 2 with LSU. A 21-0 pounding in the BCS title game saw Alabama avenge a November loss — winning with the kicking game that doomed it the first time.

Kicker Jeremy Shelley nailed five field goals, while the Tide defense flattened the LSU offense in front of an evenly split Superdome crowd. The top-ranked Tigers managed 92 yards to Alabama’s 384 and didn’t cross the 50 until middle of the fourth quarter, when the outcome already was decided.

Senior linebacker Courtney Upshaw was named most outstanding defensive player, with seven tackles and one of four Alabama sacks.

“I don’t see how it can get any better than that,” said senior safety Mark Barron, who had two tackles and a sack. “We had a goose egg on the board, and we finished the whole way. I just feel like we came out and dominated.”

The historic defensive effort capped a surreal year for people in Tuscaloosa and around the state.

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