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'Bama defense shuts down Tigers in BCS title game

By Dave Skretta

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Jan. 9 2012 9:50 p.m. MST

Alabama's Josh Chapman (99) and Courtney Upshaw (41) tackle LSU's Kenny Hilliard (27) during the second half of the BCS National Championship college football game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, in New Orleans.

David J. Phillip, Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS — Alabama delivered what everyone expected from the first play of the BCS title game, when a host of red jerseys stuffed LSU running back Michael Ford at the line of scrimmage: a rock 'em, sock 'em affair dominated by defense.

The Crimson Tide's was simply better.

Led by bruising linebacker Courtney Upshaw and the opportunistic C.J. Mosley, the second-ranked Crimson Tide shut down the Southeastern Conference's top scoring offense in a 21-0 victory Monday night that earned Alabama its second BCS championship in three years.

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