Make It 14 Titles For Tide Football

Prior to the start of the 2011 season, Alabama was one of the teams considered a possibility for the national championship. When the Crimson Tide lost its regular season home game to LSU, that goal was in jeopardy. But things fell into place as other contenders were upset, and Monday night Bama finished on top.

When Alabama defeated LSU 21-0 in the Louisiana Superdome it gave the Crimson Tide its 14th national championship and second BCS Championship in the past three years. Bama Coach Nick Saban became the third man to coach three BCS national championship teams -- LSU in 2003 and Alabama in 2009 and 2011.

Alabama's previous national championships had come in 1925, 1926, 1930, 1934, 1941, 1961, 1965, 1966, 1978, 1979, and 1992.

The combined records of those 14 national championship teams is 157-7-2.

Here are other notes from Alabama's national championship win and season:

Monday night's game marked the 46th time since the inception of the Associated Press football poll in 1936 that the number one and number two ranked teams have met. Alabama entered the game as the second ranked team while LSU was a unanimous number one. It was the fifth one vs. two game for Bama in the last four years with Alabama going 3-2 in those match-ups -- including two for national titles. Alabama has played a total of eight games matching number one and number two and is 5-3 in those contests -- four of the wins for national championships (vs. Penn State in the 1979 Sugar Bowl, Miami 1993 Sugar Bowl, Texas 2010 BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, and this year against LSU) and one for the Southeastern Conference title (against Florida in 2009).

Alabama has one vs. two losses to Nebraska in the 1972 Orange Bowl, Florida in the 2008 SEC Championship Game, and LSU this year.

Alabama has now played in a national record 59 bowl games and has a national record 34 bowl victories (not including a Cotton Bowl win over Texas Tech that was later vacated by NCAA rule).

Alabama has won national championships in the Louisiana Superdome on four occasions -- at the end of the 1978, 1979, 1992, and 2011 seasons. Alabama is 2-0 in BCS National Championship Games, the other the 2009 win over Texas in Pasadena by a 37-21 margin.

The men completing four years of play with Monday's national championship game have a record from 2008-11 of 48-6.

Bama has been ranked in 64 consecutive AP polls, which leads the nation. Alabama is 18-6 against the AP top 25 over the past four years. The Tide was 4-1 against top 25 teams this season.

The game was Alabama's 76th all-time against fellow SEC member LSU. Bama now leads the series 46-25-5.

Alabama came into the game leading the nation in four major statistical categories and improved all of them in the LSU game. It is only the second time since defensive statistics have been kept (beginning in 1937) that a team has finished first in all four -- scoring defense (Bama had been allowing 8.8 points per game and gave up zero), rushing defense (74.9 going in and allowing 39), passing defense (116.3 previously and 53 Monday), and total defense (191.3 in the first 12 games and 92 vs. LSU).

The Alabama shutout of LSU means Bama has held opponents to 10 points or fewer 33 times since the start of the 2007 season, including nine times this season. Alabama had three shutouts in this season.

When Jeremy Shelley hit his fifth field goal of the game in the third quarter, he set new BSC Championship Game and Sugar Bowl and records ties an all-bowl record with five. He also tied an all bowls record with seven attempts.

Shelley now ranks fifth in Alabama history in points scored in a season with 115. He scored 15 of the Tide's 21 points Monday night.

When Courtney Upshaw was selected the Most Valuable Defensive Player in the BCS National Championship Game, it marked the second consecutive bowl game for him to win individual honors. Last year he was MVP of the Capital One Bowl Game in a 49-7 win over Michigan State. Upshaw was in on seven tackles, the primary tackler on six of them, and had a sack for the Tide.

Sophomore quarterback A.J. McCarron was Most Valuable Offensive Player as he completed 23 of 34 passes for 234 yards. He did not suffer an interception.

McCarron finished with the third highest completions in Alabama history with 219 in his first year as a starter. He also had 2,634 yards passing, fourth best in Bama history.

As expected, both teams were able to wear their jerseys of choice. LSU, one of the nation's few teams that wears white as its home jersey, was in white, and Alabama was in crimson.

Jim McElwain went out well. The Crimson Tide offensive coordinator saw his offense put up 384 yards and 21 points against the nation's second best defense in LSU. McElwain now moves on to his new job, head coach at Colorado State.

Bobby Bowden, Birmingham native and legendary former Florida State Coach, received the Champions Award in a pre-game ceremony.

The officiating crew was from the Big 12.

Captains for Alabama were the permanent captains -- safety Mark Barron, tailback Trent Richardson, and linebacker Dont'a Hightower.

Mark Ingram, the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner for Alabama, and former Bama safety Roman Harper were alongside the Tide captains. Both now play for the New Orleans Saints. Ingram was on crutches after having had recent surgery to repair a turf toe.

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