Through the first seven and a half quarters of football -- and an overtime period -- played between Alabama and LSU this season, the scoring consisted of 10 field goals. At long last, deep into the fourth quarter of the BCS Championship, a touchdown was scored. Not surprisingly, it was Heisman Trophy finalist Trent Richardson with the ball in his hands as he dashed into the end zone to put the exclamation point on Alabama's demolition of LSU.
With less than five minutes remaining, the only points to be put on the scoreboard came from Alabama kicker Jeremy Shelley, who tied a bowl record with five field goals. While it was no surprise that these stout SEC defenses took center stage, people were beginning to forget what a touchdown looked like.
But all that changed when Richardson after a handoff at LSU's 34-yard line and slammed right up the middle into a logjam of linemen. Unable to get going north-sorth, the junior bounced his run to the outside. Once he had the edge, Richardson went into a different gear and sprinted up the left sideline. Before you knew it, Richardson was at the goal line with three LSU defenders in his rear view.
The Tigers had kept faint hope alive as long as the Tide was just scoring field goals but once Richardson put six points on the board in (gasp!) one play there was no longer any doubt about the outcome. Although quarterback A.J. McCarron was an unexpected hero for the Tide, Richardson came through like he has for all season, racking up 100 all-purpose yards (something he did in all but one game in the regular season).
Now, just like in 2009, Richardson is a champion. Only this time as the star of the team.