Published 12:21 am Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Alabama’s Jerrell Harris (5), Mark Barron (4), Courtney Upshaw (41) and Nico Johnson (35) tackle LSU running back Kenny Hilliard during the first half of the BCS National Championship Game Monday night. | Photo courtesy of University of Alabama

Alabama kicker Jeremy Shelley kicked five field goals and star running back Trent Richardson scored a touchdown late to help lift the Crimson Tide to their 14th national championship on Monday night in New Orleans at the Mercedes Superdome.

Top-ranked LSU couldn’t get anything going on offense, totaling 92 yards (39 rushing and 53 passing) against the No. 1 defense in the country who helped lift Alabama to a 21-0 win over the Tigers.

In a rematch of the Nov. 5, 2011, overtime loss to the Tigers, the Crimson Tide had to put its faith in Shelley once again, as he made three field goals in the first half and two in the second half.

Shelley made field goals from 23, 34, 41, 35 and 44 yards out in the win.

Alabama’s late touchdown came on the heels of Richardson, who rushed 34 yards for the score with 4:36 left in the fourth quarter. Richardson finished with 96 yards, four yards more than LSU’s total offense.

Junior linebacker and Andalusia native Nico Johnson had four total tackles against LSU. Johnson had two solos and two assists.

Offensively, sophomore quarterback AJ McCarron had a spectacular performance for the Crimson Tide.

McCarron was 23-of-34 for 234 yards, and his long was 26.

LSU’s Jordan Jefferson was 11-of-17 for 53 yards and was sacked four times.

Alabama’s total offense for the night was 384 yards — 234 yards passing, 150 yards rushing — as the SEC claimed its sixth straight national championship.