Alabama is emptying its playbook against LSU in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game. This fake field goal is one of those unconventional plays that worked.
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That was ruled a first down for Alabama, but the Tide gained just three yards on the next set of downs, forcing Jeremy Shelley to come out for a field goal. LSU blocked it.
Meanwhile, Tyrann Mathieu, who captivated college football in the 2011 season, figured into four important plays on Alabama's third offensive drive in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game. The first one wasn't him making a play, but Alabama receiver Kevin Norwood making a big catch over him.
Mathieu subsequently made a stop in run support on third down to force Alabama's fake field goal, got a hand on Chris Underwood on the fake field goal, and batted down a pass to force Shelley's field goal. The Honey Badger isn't going to have a quiet night, clearly.