The Alabama Crimson Tide were buried deep by another fantastic Brad Wing punt to begin their first offensive series of the 2012 BCS National Championship Game, but came out firing with a rudimentary passing game. It didn't get the Crimson Tide very far against the stout LSU Tigers defense, but it was better than the three carries on Alabama's first series.
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A.J. McCarron found Brad Smelley twice for 19 yards and completed another pass to Michael Williams for six yards on that drive, picking up two first downs through the air. But on three carries, Trent Richardson mustered just 11 yards, and came up short of the sticks on a third down near midfield, forcing an Alabama punt.
That punt went out of bounds, angled away from dangerous LSU return man Tyrann Mathieu as it was, but the drive helped the Tide fix their field position problem.