After Alabama’s dominating 21-0 win over LSU in the BCS National Championship Game, Tide coach Nick Saban said that his team was inspired by the movie “Red Tails,” which they saw the night before.
“We went to see the move Red Tails last night, which I would recommend to anybody,” Saban said, according to the Huffington Post. “But, you know, those guys' motto was "to the last plane, the bullet, the last man, the minute we fight and we always stay with the mission."
On Monday night, the Tide kicked some purple and gold tail.
If you left the TV on and went to bed before the game was over, that snoozing sound you heard could have easily been the Tiger offense. An inspired Alabama shut down a Tiger offense that had been average more than 300 yards a game. On Monday, they managed a measly 92, sending a dejected fan base and jubilant Tide fans pouring onto Bourbon Street after the game.
The first time these two teams met in November, they combined for 15 points. This time they totaled up 21 points – all for Alabama. The shutout was LSU’s first since 2002 and the first ever in a BCS title game.
It was reported that LSU watched "Contraband," the night before the game; judging from their play on the field they might as well have been C-SPAN.
"We couldn't sustain any consistency," LSU coach Les Miles said, according to ESPN. "The calls became much more difficult."
The game was sweet redemption for Alabama’s kickers Jeremy Shelley and Cade Foster, who combined for five field goals, a BCS record.
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In this season's first meeting between the two, Alabama missed four field goals and stoked a fire in the Alabama faithful that would only be extinguished by a national championship.
"That was the message before the game: to finish," Alabama coach Nick Saban said, according to Sports Illustrated. "In fact, it was how bad do you want to finish? We certainly didn't play a perfect game, we got a field goal blocked, we couldn't find the end zone for a long time, but we just kept playing."
In the final USA Today poll ranking college football’s top 25, the Tide received all 59 first-place votes. LSU (13-1), Oklahoma State (12-1), Oregon (12-2) and Arkansas (11-2) rounded out the top five.