Photos: BCS Title Game, First half

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLINGLSU's Michael Brockers (90) blocks a field-goal attempt by Alabama's Jeremy Shelley in the first half Monday night in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK Nick Hebert, an LSU alumni, of Houma, celebrates at Champion Square in New Orleans Monday afternoon prior to the BCS Championship game. His girlfriend, Allison Champagne, did his makeup.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON Retired LSU education professor Robbie McHarty of New Orleans looks for tickets while sitting in Champions Square prior to the start of the BCS football game in New Orleans Monday. MAGS OUT / INTERNET OUT/ONLINE OUT/NO SALES/TV OUT/FOREIGN OUT/ LOUISIANA BUSINESS INC./GREATER BATON ROUGE BUSINESS REPORT/225/10/12/IN REGISTER/LBI CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS OUT/

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON Robert Romance, of New Orleans, left, and Haley Hutchinson, of Shreveport, dance the Bus Stop on Monday at Champions Square in New Orleans prior to the start of the BCS Championship football game.

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  • Beach balls mix with LSU fans inside Champions Square before the start of the BCS game Monday between LSU and Alabama.

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  • Alabama and LSU fans congregate outside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome at Champions Square prior to the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in New Orleans.

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  • Bradford Smith, left, shows his spirit as Natalie Bailey and Tim Thibodeaux prepare for the game prior to the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIGChambliss Harrod, left, of Baton Rouge, and Richard Rathbone, of Monroe, cheer for Tigers prior to the BCS Championship game Monday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNISLSU fans cheer from the sidelines prior to the BCS Championship game Monday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • LSU defensive backs coach Ron Cooper instructs defensive back Tharold Simon (24) prior to the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • LSU safety Brandon Taylor (18) motivates his teammates prior to the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNISUniversity of Alabama head coach Nick Saban watches his players warm up prior to the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • LSU head coach Les Miles enters the field with the team prior to the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • LSU head coach Les Miles and University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban meet midfield prior to the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • LSU head coach Les Miles talks with offensive guard Will Blackwell (60) prior to the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • The LSU tigers cheer together in a huddle prior to the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIGThe LSU Golden Girls dance before the BCS National Championship Game.

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  • The LSU Golden Band from Tiger Land plays to the crowd prior to the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • LSU punter Brad Wing (38) waves to the crowd prior to the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNISLSU receiver Jarvis Landry and place-kicker James Hairston get pumped up before the game Monday night in New Orleans.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLINGESPN college football analyst Lee Corso places LSU mascot Mike the Tiger's head on in choosing LSU to beat Alabama before the game as Oregon coach Chip Kelley, left, ESPN analyst Chris Fowler and Auburn coach Gene Chizik watch Monday night.

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  • LSU head coach Les Miles prepares to lead the Tigers onto the field to play Alabama prior to the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • Fans cheer from the stands prior to the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • University of Alabama running back Trent Richardson (3) is taken down by LSU defenders Bennie Logan (93) linebacker Kevin Minter (46) and defensive tackle Michael Brockers (90) in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • Advocate file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLINGLSU linebacker Kevin Minter and defensive tackle Michael Brockers bring down Alabama running back Trent Richardson during the BCS title game Jan. 9.

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  • LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu (7) tackles University of Alabama wide receiver Marquis Maze (4) on a punt return in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • LSU fans cheer in the stands in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • LSU fans cheer from the stands, while displaying their sign prior to the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • LSU fans cheer in the stands prior to the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, left, and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu watch as Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is introduced on the field prior to the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson (9) recovers a fumble in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • Advocate staff photo by Patrick DennisAlabama quarterback AJ McCarron looks for someone to pass to in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. McCarron passed for 234 yards and led the Tide to 384 yards total offense in being named the Offensive MVP.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLINGThe LSU cheerleaders lead the team out as fireworks explode before the BCS National Championship Game on Monday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • The LSU Golden Girls line up for a performance prior to the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • University of Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron (10) looks up field while being rushed by LSU defensive tackle Anthony Johnson (56) in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (33) catches a pass over University of Alabama's Brent Calloway (21) and Robert Lester (37) in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • LSU running back Spencer Ware (11) tries to slip through the grasp of University of Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw (41) as LSU wide receiver Rueben Randle (2) blocks University of Alabama defensive back Dee Milliner (28) in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

  • LSU defensive tackle Bennie Logan (93) deflects a pass while being blocked by University of Alabama running back Eddie Lacy (42) in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

  • LSU running back Alfred Blue (4) tries to break the tackle of University of Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley (32) in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo (49) tries to grasp University of Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron (10) in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIGUniversity of Alabama wide receiver Kevin Norwood (83) catches a pass over LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu (7) in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • University of Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron (10) dashes for a short gain while being pursued by LSU linebacker Ryan Baker (22) and LSU linebacker Tahj Jones (58) in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo (49) tries to take down University of Alabama tight end Michael Williams (89) in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCKLSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu takes down Alabama running back Eddie Lacy in the first half.

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  • LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo (49) misses a tackle on University of Alabama wide receiver Marquis Maze (4) on a long punt return to the LSU 26 yard line in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • LSU linebacker Karnell Hatcher (37) and LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers (90) force an incomplete pass by University of Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron (10) as University of Alabama offensive lineman D.J. Fluker (76) tries to stop Brockers in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • University of Alabama place kicker Jeremy Shelley (90) attempts a field goal as LSU defenders try to block it in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • LSU running back Alfred Blue (4) is tackled by University of Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley (32) in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • University of Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron (10) looks for a receiver in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • LSU linebacker Kevin Minter (46) tries to run down University of Alabama running back Eddie Lacy (42) during a run in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson (9) prepares to throw a pass in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCKUniversity of Alabama defensive back DeQuan Menzie (24) tries to grasp LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. during a run in the first half of the BCS National Championship Game on Monday.

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  • LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers (90) and LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo (49) take down University of Alabama running back Eddie Lacy (42) during a run in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo (49) tries to tackle University of Alabama tight end Chris Underwood (87) in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu (7) tackles University of Alabama running back Eddie Lacy (42) in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLINGLSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu (7) and University of Alabama wide receiver Kevin Norwood (83) go up for a pass intended to Norwood in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • LSU safety Eric Reid (1) runs the ball while LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu (7) keeps University of Alabama wide receiver Darius Hanks (15) back in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo (49) attempts to tackle University of Alabama tight end Chris Underwood (87) in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo (49) attempts to tackle University of Alabama tight end Chris Underwood (87) in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • LSU linebacker Ryan Baker (22) misses a tackle on University of Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron (10) in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • Associated Press photo by Travis SpradlingAlabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw, right, closes in on LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson with help from defensive back Dre Kirkpatrick (21) on Monday night in the first half of the BCS Championship National Championship Game on Monday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Upshaw was named the Defensive MVP in Alabama's 21-0 win.

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  • The LSU Tigers take the field, led by LSU head coach Les Miles prior to the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCKLSU coach Les Miles talks with officials during the first half Monday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCKUniversity of Alabama tight end Michael Williams (89) and LSU linebacker Karnell Hatcher (37) watch a pass intended for Williams in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • LSU linebacker Ryan Baker (22) knocks the ball loose from University of Alabama wide receiver Darius Hanks (15) after a pass in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • LSU head coach Les Miles talks with his players during a time out in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • LSU punter Brad Wing (38) prepares to punt the ball in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • LSU safety Brandon Taylor (18) prepares to tackle University of Alabama tight end Brad Smelley (17) in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson (9) prepares to throw a pass in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • LSU defensive end Kendrick Adams (94) tries to break through the grasp of University of Alabama tight end Chris Underwood (87) while pursuing University of Alabama running back Trent Richardson (3) in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • University of Alabama wide receiver Darius Hanks (15) catches a pass as LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu (7) eyes him in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • The LSU Tigers take the field, led by LSU head coach Les Miles prior to the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson (9) slides as he runs past University of Alabama defensive lineman Ed Stinson (49) in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • University of Alabama tight end Michael Williams (89) catches a pass by LSU defensive back Tharold Simon (24) in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCKLSU cornerback Morris Claiborne tries to tackle Alabama running back Trent Richardson (3) in the BCS National Championship Game earlier this month in New Orleans. Both All-American juniors have declared for the NFL draft.

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  • Advocate staff photo by Patrick DennisAlabama place-kicker Jeremy Shelley attempts a field goal in the first half of the BCS National Championship Game as LSU's Morris Claiborne defends on Monday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Shelley kicked five field goals.

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  • LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu (7) tries to stop University of Alabama wide receiver Darius Hanks (15) in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • LSU head coach Les Miles talks to members of the offense in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNONAlabama's Trent Richardson runs past LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo (49) and safety Eric Reid (1) in the first half Monday night in the BCS National Championship Game on Monday night in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • LSU safety Craig Loston (6) celebrates after a play in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • The LSU Marching Band spells out the letters LSU during the pre game show of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu (7) and LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery (99) dive onto University of Alabama wide receiver Darius Hanks (15) in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne (17) tries to stop University of Alabama running back Trent Richardson (3) in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo (49) brings down University of Alabama running back Trent Richardson (3) while LSU linebacker Ryan Baker (22) assists in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne (17) tries to take down LSU wide receiver Jakhari Gore (3) in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne (17) runs the ball while University of Alabama wide receiver Hardie Buck (81) tries to tackle in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • LSU head coach Les Miles talks to LSU offensive guard Will Blackwell (60), from left, LSU offensive tackle Alex Hurst (72), LSU running back Kenny Hilliard (27), LSU running back Michael Ford (42) and LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson (9) in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • University of Alabama running back Trent Richardson (3) runs the ball with help from University of Alabama wide receiver Darius Hanks (15) as LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu (7) tackles Richardson in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers (90) celebrates a blocked field goal in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • Members of the LSU defense block a field goal by Alabama in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNONThe University of Alabama spells out Bama during their pre game show of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban watches his team play LSU in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG. LSU head coach Les Miles prepares to lead the Tigers onto the field to play Alabama prior to the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

  • LSU safety Eric Reid (1) runs the ball while LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu (7) keeps University of Alabama wide receiver Darius Hanks (15) back in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

  • Advocate file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU safety Eric Reid (1) runs the ball while LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu (7) keeps University of Alabama wide receiver Darius Hanks (15) back in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

  • LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers (90) and LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo (49) take down University of Alabama running back Eddie Lacy (42) during a run in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

  • Advocate file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU safety Eric Reid (1) runs the ball while LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu (7) keeps University of Alabama wide receiver Darius Hanks (15) back in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

  • Advocate file photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu (7) tries to stop University of Alabama wide receiver Darius Hanks (15) in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

  • University of Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron (10) looks for someone to pass to in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

  • LSU linebacker Kevin Minter (46) tries to run down University of Alabama running back Eddie Lacy (42) during a run in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

  • LSU defensive back Tharold Simon is projected by ESPN to have an early draft grade of 66.

  • LSU safety Eric Reid (1) runs the ball while LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu (7) keeps University of Alabama wide receiver Darius Hanks (15) back in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

  • LSU linebacker Kevin Minter (46) tries to run down University of Alabama running back Eddie Lacy (42) during a run in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

  • LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers (90) and LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo (49) take down University of Alabama running back Eddie Lacy (42) during a run in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Former LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson

  • Associated Press file photo -- The LSU marching band performs berfore the BCS championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

  • LSU running back Alfred Blue (4) is tackled by University of Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley (32) in the first half of the BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.