If you are an Alabama fan then you LOVE defense. Hard-nosed-flying-around-the-field-knock-em-in-the-teeth defense. The 2011 Crimson Tide team was one of those kinds of defenses.
Dont'a Hightower, Mark Barron, Courtney Upshaw, Dre Kirkpatrick, Robert Lester, Josh Chapman, Nico Johnson, Jesse Williams, C. J. Mosley, Damion Square, Dee Milliner, DeQuan Menzie, Xzavier Dickson, Ed Stinson, Quinton Dial, Trey DePriest, Vinnie Sunseri, and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix held the Tigers in check for most of the 2011-2012 BCS National Championship Game.
And the offense wasn't too shabby themselves.
AJ McCarron at the helm. Trent Richardson and Eddie Lacy carrying the rock behind Barrett Jones, Chance Warmack, William Vlachos, and D. J. Fluker. Michael Williams at tight end, Brad Smelley at H-back. Wide receivers Darius Hanks and Kevin Norwood.
The Special Teams were solid as well with Jeremy Shelley placekicking and Cody Mandell punting. Even the long snapper was top notch. Carson Tinker is beginning his fourth season with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Since the theme is numbers, here are some digits for your entertainment.
1 Return Yards for the Honey Badger ("forward progress")
5 LSU First Downs
15 Yards by LSU Leading Rusher Kenny Hilliard
38 Receiving Yards for Odell Beckham (0 in the 4th quarter)
39 LSU Rushing Yards
50 Yard Line (was not crossed by the Tigers until 8 minutes remained in the game):
53 LSU Passing Yards (most of which came in garbage time)
78 Kevin Norwood Receiving Yards:
150 Bama Rushing Yards
234 Bama Passing Yards
14th National Championship
In all it's glory: