2008 BCSCG – Sugar Bowl – Ohio State vs LSU – Full Game

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BY THE TIME WE GET TO THIRD DOWN. IF NEED-BE, WE MAY HAVE TO EXTEND OURSELVES. >> Chris: GOING CONSERVATIVE ON US! THE CAMPUS IS 50 MILES FROM HERE. DO YOU HAVE HOMEFIELD ADVANTAGE IN HERE? >> WE ENJOY THE NOISE, IT’S JUST ABOUT THE 11 PLAYERS. THEY GOT 11, WE GOT 11. >> Chris: HAVE FUN. TAKE CARE. >> Thom: WE NOW WELCOME THE CHAMPION OF THE BIG TEN CONFERENCE, THE NUMBER ONE RANKED OHIO STATE BUCKEYES! DEFENSE, THE NAME OF THE GAME IN COLUMBUS. THE BEST LINEBACKER IN THE COUNTRY IS JAMES LAURINAITIS. THE BUTKAS AWARD WINNER THIS SEASON. AND UP FRONT, VERNON GHOLSTON. THE BIG TEN DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR. 13 SACKS TO TIE MIKE GRABLES SINGLE SEASON OHIO STATE RECORD.

80,000 PLUS READY TO ROLL. WHEN WE COME BACK, THE COIN TOSS. RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER IS THE ALLSTATE B.C.S. >>> WELCOME BACK TO NEW ORLEANS. THE SUPERDOME FOR THE ALLSTATE B.C.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. THE OHIO STATE BUCKEYES 11-1. THE L.S.U. BAYOU BENGALS 11-2. THE FIRST TWO-LOSS TEAM TO EVER PLAY SINCE THE ADVENT OF THE B.C.S. FOR A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. THE TEAM CAPTAINS MAKE THEIR WAY TO MIDFIELD. AND WE’RE SET FOR THE COIN TOSS. >> ALL RIGHT, GENTLEMEN. CONGRATULATIONS ON BEING HERE. I WANT TO INTRODUCE 1976 HEISMAN TROPHY AND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER TONY DORSETT.

HE’S GOING TO TOSS THE COIN TONIGHT. L.S.U., YOU’RE THE VISITING TEAM. IT WILL BE YOUR CALL. OKAY. THE COIN B.C.S. IS HEADS. YOUR CALL? >> TAILS. >> TAILS IS THE CALL. >> SHOWTIME! >> TAILS IT IS. YOUR CHOICE. L.S.U. HAS WON THE TOSS. THEY’LL DEFER TO THE SECOND HALF. WHICH END DO YOU WANT TO DEFEND? >> THIS ONE. >> PUT YOUR BACKS THIS WAY. YOU PUT YOURS HERE. OHIO STATE WILL RECEIVE AT THIS END. >> Thom: SO JIM TRESSEL, LES MILES PREPARED THEIR TEAMS FOR ALMOST TWO MONTHS. IT’S TIME TO LOCK UP WHE >> Thom: WHAT AN UNBELIEVABLE ATMOSPHERE HERE AT THE SUPERDOME IN NEW ORLEANS.

OF COURSE, THE L.S.U. CAMPUS JUST 80 MILES AWAY IN BATON ROUGE. OHIO STATE TRAVELS AS WELL IF NOT BETTER THAN ANY SCHOOL IN THE COUNTRY. THE BUCKEYES FAITHFUL WELL REPRESENTED. RAY SMALL SET TO RETURN FOR OHIO STATE. AND THE ALLSTATE B.C.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IS UNDERWAY! THIS IS JAMARIO O’NEAL FROM THE 15. BREAKS IT TO THE OUTSIDE. HE’S DROPPED AT THE 22. BY R.J. JACKSON. HERE COME THE BUCKEYES OFFENSIVELY. 23-YEAR-OLD FIRST YEAR STARTER IS TODD BOECKMAN. CAME IN 2003. REDSHIRT IN 2004. 2005 AND 2006 WAS THE NUMBER THREE QUARTERBACK BEHIND TROY SMITH AND JUSTIN ZWICK.

ONLY PLAYED IN SIX GAMES UNTIL THIS YEAR. HE ONLY LOST ONCE AND THROWN 23 TOUCHDOWNS AGAINST 12 INTERCEPTIONS. THE BUCKEYES START IN A TWO TAIL BACK PICK. >> Charles: AND BRANDON AT FULLBACK. >> Thom: PLAY ACTION. FIRST DOWN, INCOMPLETE. RIGHT FROM THE GET-GO. BOECKMAN KNOCKED TO THE DECK BY RICKY JEAN-FRANCOIS. THE BUCKEYES OFFENSIVELY, ALL BIG TEN PERFORMER IN ALEX BOONE. FOUR YEAR STARTER IN KIRK BARTON ON THE RIGHT SIDE. AND CHRIS WELLS RUSHED FOR 1,500 YARDS AS A SOPHOMORE. BOECKMAN’S FAVORITE TARGET IS BRIAN ROBISKIE. CAUGHT 50 PASSES DURING THE SEASON. >> Thom: THIS IS CHRIS WELLS.

HE PLOWS AHEAD. OUT TO THE 28 YARD LINE. THIRD DOWN AND FIVE UPCOMING FOR OHIO STATE. L.S.U. SPORTS THE NUMBER THREE RANKED DEFENSE IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL. ALL WORLD DEFENSIVE TACKLE IS GLENN DORSEY. LINEBACKING CORE ALI HIGHSMITH. AND TODD BOECKMAN. >> Charles: SORRY, THOM. TWO TAILBACKS IN THE GAME AGAIN. THIS IS THE SECOND TAILBACK HERE ON THE WING. WELLS MOVING OUT. >> Thom: ROBISKIE. THAT’S THE FIRST DOWN. OUT TO THE 36 YARD LINE. SO AN EARLY THIRD DOWN CONVERSION FOR OHIO STATE. >> Charles: I THINK WHAT WE WILL SEE EARLY IF THEY PICK UP THE FIRST DOWN FROM OHIO STATE AND JIM TRESSEL ANDS HE PLAY-CALLING, HE’LL CALL THIS TEAM IN REVERSE TO START. HE WANTS TODD BOECKMAN THE QUARTERBACK TO GET COMFORTABLE AND GET HIS CONFIDENCE BACK. SHORT FLOWS HE CAN COMPLETE. SPREAD THE FIELD, THOUGH THEY’RE NOT A SPREAD TEAM, USING SPREAD PRINCIPLES TO GET L.S.U. OUT OF THE EIGHT MAN IN THE BOX DEFENSIVE ALIGNMENT. >> Thom: WELL, A BIG BURST TO THE OUTSIDE! WELLS TO THE 30. TO THE 20. AND TOUCHDOWN, BUCKEYES! 65 YARDS! >> Thom: 65 YARDS.

A CAREER LONG TOUCHDOWN BURST FOR CHRIS WELLS. WHAT A START AGAIN IN A TITLE GAME FOR OHIO STATE! >> Charles: LAST YEAR, A KICK-OFF RETURN ON THE OPENING KICK OF THE GAME AGAINST FLORIDA. NOW, EARLY IN THE GAME, BEANNY WELLS GOES THE DIFFERENCE. >> Thom: AND THE POINT AFTER. WE’RE NOT EVEN IN THE ALLSTATE B.C.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. AN EARLY BLOW DELIVERED BY THE BUCKEYES.

CHRIS WELLS, 65 YARDS. 7-NOTHING, OHIO STATE. >> Thom: CHRIS WELLS, THE LONGEST TOUCHDOWN RUN IN A B.C.S. CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. SENIOR KIRK BARTON AND THAT OFFENSIVE LINE HELPED LEAD THE GAME. >> Charles: THE OFFENSIVE LINE THAT WAS SO MALIGNED AFTER LAST YEAR’S GAME. AND WHAT A TERRIFIC START FOR THEM. CHOPPING A BIG HOLE EARLY IN THE DEFENSIVE FRONT OF L.S.U. AND SPRINGING CHRIS WELLS. >> Thom: SET TO KICK IT AWAY. WAITING BACK FOR THE TIGERS, NUMBER 8 TRINDON HOLLIDAY AND NUMBER 5 KEILAND WILLIAMS. >> Thom: WILLIAMS WILL TAKE A KNEE IN THE END ZONE. LET’S GO BACK TO THE TOUCHDOWN BY BEANIE WELLS. >> Charles: BEN PERSON NUMBER 63. HE’S THE FIRST GUY, HE’S GOING TO COME AROUND. WATCH HERE, BOOM! GETS TO THE SECOND LEVEL FOR BLOCK, WHICH ALLOWS WELLS WITH THE VISION TO GO THE DISTANCE. LOOK AT THAT. THERE’S PERSON. BOONE ON THE SECOND LEVEL, GETTING ON THE SAFETY, CURTIS TAYLOR. WELLS GREAT VISION AND OUTRUNS CRAIG STELTZ, THE ALL-AMERICAN, TO THE END ZONE. >> Thom: L.S.U. GETS THE FOOTBALL LED BY THEIR SENIOR QUARTERBACK MATT FLYNN WHO PATIENTLY WAITED HIS TURN BEHIND MOSS AND JaMARCUS RUSSELL IN HIS FIRST THREE SEASONS AT L.S.U.

THIS IS JACOB HESTER. NOT MUCH RUNNING ROOM. MARCUS FREEMAN TRIPPED UP AFTER A GAIN OF THREE. TIGERS UP FRONT. ALL S.E.C. PERFORMERS IN BLACK. JOHNSON. 28 STARTS FOR HELMS IN THE MIDDLE. HESTER RUSHED BETTER THAN 1,000 YARDS. TRIO OF OUTSTANDING RECEIVERS. RICHARD DICKSON WILL GET A LOT OF PLAYING TIME. KEITH ZINGER AT TIGHT END. IN THE “I” FORMATION. DROPPED BY EARLY DOUCET. TED GINN JR. HERE TONIGHT. BOY, DID HE ELECTRIFY THE CROWD IN GLENDALE, ARIZONA, WITH THE 97-YARD KICKOFF RETURN ON THE OPENING KICKOFF OF THE GAME. HE GOT HURT CELEBRATING IN THE END ZONE. THE NIGHT WENT SOUTH QUICKLY FOR JIM TRESSEL AND OHIO STATE. >> Charles: THE TEAM WAS SO EXUBERANT ABOUT THE TOUCHDOWN THEY INJURED A MAIN COG IN THEIR ATTACK. >> Thom: THIRD DOWN AND SEVEN. THEY NEED TO GET TO THE 30. AND THE SNAP SAILS BY FLYNN.

COVERED UP AT HIS OWN 5. >> Charles: THE SNAP FROM HELMS GOES RIGHT PAST HIM. HE DOES THE SMART THING, GETS ON THE FOOTBALL SOMETIME BEING THE HOME TEAM CAN BE A SLIGHT DISADVANTAGE, BECAUSE YOU HAVE SO MUCH SUPPORT AROUND YOU GETTING READY, SOMETIMES YOU COME OUT A LITTLE OVERANXIOUS INSTEAD OF EXCITED TO PLAY. L.S.U. HAS HAD A FEW ERRORS EARLY. >> Thom: PATRICK FISHER, PUNT FROM HIS OWN END ZONE. WHAT A PUNT BY FISHER SENDING HARTLINE TO THE 32. SKIP-ARMS HIS WAY ACROSS TO THE 40. AND SPOTTED AT THE 41 YARD LINE. A 61-YARD PUNT. OHIO STATE >>> THE ALLSTATE B.C.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IS SPONSORED BY NISSAN AND THE ALL NEW NISSAN MURANO. LOG ON FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A TRIP TO NEXT YEAR’S B.C.S. TITLE GAME. >> Thom: ENJOY THE LIVE B.C.S. PLAY CALLING COMPETITION. FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, TEXT BCS TO 386 FROM YOUR AT&T WIRELESS PHONE, EXCLUSIVELY FROM AT&T.

OR PLAY AT ATTBLUEROOM.COM. SECOND POSSESSION FOR THE BUCKEYES STARTS AT THEIR OWN 41. >> Charles: ONCE AGAIN, THEY GO EMPTY SET. >> Thom: BOECKMAN TO THROW ON FIRST DOWN. WIDE OPEN! TIPTOES DOWN THE SIDELINE ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE 15! OHIO’S MR. FOOTBALL IS SEASON AGO, EELECTRIFYING BACK WHO WAS AN OUTSTANDING RECEIVER. >> Charles: WE TALKED AT THE TOP OF THE SHOW ABOUT WHAT L.S.U.

WOULD SHOW OFFENSIVELY. DON’T LET JIM TRESSEL’S SWEATER VEST FOOL YOU. HE WILL SHOW A LOT OF FORMATION, A LOT OF DIFFERENT ROUTES, AND IN THIS CASE, BRANDON SAINE, THE SECOND TAILBACK ON A WHEEL ROUTE, THE CORNER TRIED TO JUMP THE HITCH. HE GOT BEHIND HIM AND BOECKMAN FOUND HIM. >> Thom: OUT OF THE “I” FORMATION. IT’S WELLS. HE JUST PLOWS AHEAD TO THE 10 YARD LINE. >> Charles: YOU SEE HOW JIM TRESSEL HAS CALLED THIS GAME IN REVERSE? OPENING IT UP ON FIRST AND TEN. HITS THE BIG PASS PLAY DOWNFIELD. WATCH SAINE. HE’S NUMBER 3, RIGHT HERE. HE’S GOING TO GET DOWNFIELD ON THE WHEEL ROUTE. WATCH THE CORNERBACK. HE COMES UP, JUMPS. HE THINK IT’S GOING TO BE A SHORT HITCH TO THE WIDE RECEIVER. THAT ALLOWS SAINE DEEP IN THE SECONDARY. OF COURSE, STELTZ HAS TO MAKE THE TACKLE. THE FIRST DOWN PASSES LOOSEN THINGS UP A LITTLE BIT INSIDE FOR THE RUN GAME FOR OHIO STATE. >> Thom: EARLY MOVEMENT ALONG THE LINE. >> Referee: FALSE START.

71, OFFENSE. 5-YARD PENALTY. SECOND DOWN. >> Thom: THAT’S THE JUNIOR FROM JUST OUTSIDE CINCINNATI, STEVE REHANG. >> Charles: THOSE THINGS DRIVE COACHES CRAZY. >> Thom: BO PELINI, IN HIS FINAL GAME IN THIS CAPACITY, MOVING ON AFTER BEING NAMED HEAD COACH AT NEBRASKA. HE’S AN OHIO STATE ALUM, BY THE WAY. >> Charles: HE SAID MULTI-TASKING WOULD NOT HURT HIS PREPARATION. >> Thom: SECOND AND TEN. BOECKMAN. INSIDE THE TEN. DOWN TO THE NINE YARD LINE. PICKED UP BY KIRSTON PITTMAN AFTER A GAIN OF SIX. IT IS EARLY. NOT EVEN FIVE MINUTES INTO THE GAME, BUT OHIO STATE COULD NOT HAVE SCRIPTED A BETTER START SO FAR. >> Charles: IT’S BEEN ABSOLUTELY PERFECT. AND JIM TRESSEL FOOLS YOU WITH THE APPEARANCE, BUT RUNS BURIED IN OFFENSE AS YOU’RE GOING TO SEE IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL WHEN HE SO CHOOSES. THUS FAR TONIGHT, HE HAS CHOSE ON THE DO SO.

IT’S BEEN VERY EFFECTIVE. HERE HE IS COMING OUT AGAIN. NO BACK, TO TRY TO PULL PEOPLE OUT OF THE BOX. >> Thom: TO THE RIGHT. SMALL AND HARTLINE TO THE LEFT. BOECKMAN. MAYBE A GAIN OF ONE. BUT FOURTH DOWN COMING FOR OHIO STATE. THEY’LL SEND THE FIELD GOAL UNIT OUT. >> Charles: NICE JOB BY BO PELINI’S DEFENSE. THE TOUGH THING ABOUT RUN NOTHING BACKS AND SPREADING AND TRYING TO THROW WHEN YOU’RE CLOSE TOWARD THE END ZONE, THE BACK PART OF THE END ZONE BECOMES AN EXTRA DEFENDER. GUYS DON’T HAVE TO RETREAT AS FAR IN THEIR COVERAGE. THEY GET TO COME UP AGAINST THE RECEIVERS AND HAVE TIGHTER COVERAGE. THAT TIME THAT CAUSED BOECKMAN TO PUT IT DOWN AND RUN IT. >> Thom: RYAN PRETORIUS BANGS IT THROUGH THE UPRIGHTS. TO PLAY IN THE OPENING QUARTER. OHIO STATE >>> BACK IN NEW ORLEANS, SOMETIMES THE CIRCLE OF LIFE IN FOOTBALL CAN TAKE YOU A NUMBER OF WAYS, FROM HIGH SCHOOL THROUGH COLLEGE TO THE B.C.S. ALLSTATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. THAT’S THE STORY FOR TWO GUYS IN THIS GAME. TWO LOCAL KIDS FROM NEW ORLEANS. PLAYING IN THIS ONE, CRAIG STELTZ THE DEFENSIVE BACK. OHIO STATE’S NADER ABDALLAH.

THEY PLAYED THEIR GAMES AND TOILED ON THE PRACTICE FIELD IN THEIR EARLY YEARS AS TEAMMATES IN 2003. THEY WERE LEAGUE CHAMPIONS. TONIGHT, ONLY ONE WILL BE A CHAMION. ONE A BUCKEYE AND ONE AN L.S.U. TIGER. THEY’LL BE LINK AND THEY’RE BOTH THANKFUL FOR THAT. THOM? >> Thom: CHRIS, GREAT STUFF. WE THANK YOU VERY MUCH. SET TO KICK IT AWAY FOR THE SECOND TIME TONIGHT. 5 IS WILLIAMS, 8 IS HOLLIDAY. >> Thom: AGAIN, A BOOMING KICK IN THE END ZONE BY PETTREY. AND HOLLIDAY TAKES A KNEE. TAKE A LOOK AT THE FOX JUMPER SCOPE GOING BACK TO THE BIG PASS PLAY TO BRANDON SAINE. >> Charles: BOTTOM OF THE SCREEN. BEANIE WELLS IS YOUR OUTSIDE RECEIVER. THE RUNNING BACK LINED UP AS A WIDE RECEIVER. WHAT HAPPENED? CHEVIS JACKSON THE ALL-CONFERENCE CORNER HITS, D THEY FOLLOW HIM. IN THE SLOT, HE’S DUNFIELD UNIMPEDED UNTIL CRAIG STELTZ PULLS HIM DOWN LATE. >> Thom: AND BRINGS BANG UP. THE L.S.U. OFFENSE, BECAME THE FIRST IN SCHOOL HISTORY TO SCORE MORE THAN 500 POINTS IN A SEASON. THIS IS JACOB HESTER. HE’S OUT ACROSS THE 20. MAYBE PICKS UP A YARD. PICKED UP BY LARRY GRANT.

WE’LL CALL IT A GAIN OF TWO. OHIO STATE, THE NUMBER ONE RANKED TEAM DEFENSIVELY IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL. GHOLSTON ON ONE END. THE FRESHMAN HEYWARD ON THE OTHER END. LINEBACKING CORPS, TOUGH AND FAST. YOU KNOW ABOUT JAMES LAURINAITIS. AND THE LONE SENIOR STARTER IS LARRY GRANT. IN THE SECONDARY, MALCOLM JENKINS BATTLED WASH, A FIRST-YEAR STARTER. COLEMAN A FIRST YEAR STARTER AT STRONG SAFETY. >> Charles: TRINDON HOLLIDAY, THE 5’5″ SPEEDSTER AT THE TOP OF THE SCREEN. >> Thom: HESTER ON THE PITCH. AND THIS STINGY AND WE MEAN STINGY OHIO STATE DEFENSE KNOCKS HIM DOWN. LED BY LARRY GRANT. YOU LOOK AT SOME OF THE NUMBERS. THE BUCKEYES NUMBER ONE IN SCORING DEFENSE. THEY ONLY GIVE UP TEN POINTS A GAME. NUMBER ONE IN PASS DEFENSE. NUMBER ONE IN TOTAL DEFENSE. THEY’RE THIRD IN THE COUNTRY IN RUSHING DEFENSE. THIRD IN SACKS. SIX IN TACKLES FOR LOSS. >> Charles: THERE IS THE DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR JIM HEACOCK. WHAT IS OFTEN LOST, THEY WERE GOOD DEFENSIVELY LAST YEAR UNTIL THE FINAL TWO GAMES OF THE YEAR AGAINST MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA. THIS YEAR, THEY’RE EVEN BETTER. >> Thom: THIRD AND SEVEN.

GOOD PROTECTION. AND DOUCET. THEY’LL MOVE THE CHAINS FOR THE FIRST TIME TONIGHT. EARLY DOUCET, THE SENIOR FROM ST. MARTINVILLE, LOUISIANA. FOURTH ALL TIME IN RECEPTIONS AT L.S.U.. >> Charles: WHAT THIS FIRST DOWN DOES FOR L.S.U. IS ALLOWS THEM TO EXHALE A LITTLE BIT AND GET INTO THE GAME. A LITTLE SHELL SHOCKED WITH THSTART. OHIO STATE HIT THEM HRD WITH THE LONG RUN. THEY CAME BACK ON DEFENSIVE AND SNAPPED THE BALL PAST THE QUARTERBACK. COULDN’T GET ANYTHING GOING. THE FIRST DOWN WAS KEY FOR S.U. >> Thom: OFF TO THE FULLBACK QUINN JOHNSON. TO THE 37 YARD LINE. OHIO STATE ON DEFENSE. VERNON GHOLSTON, 13 SACKS ON THE YEAR. INCLUDING THREE IN THE SEASON FINALE AGAINST MICHIGAN. IN THE SECONDARY, MALCOLM JENKINS, SECOND-TEAM ALL AMERICAN AND FIRST TEAM ALL BIG-TEN PERFORMER. >> Charles: ALL AMERICANS AT ALL THREE LEVELS, DEFENSIVE LINE, LINEBACKER AND IN THE SECONDARY WE HAVE A MATCH-UP OF TWO TEAMS WITH THAT EXACT CONFIGURATION. >> Thom: HANDOFF TO HESTER.

LAURINAITIS STEPS UP TO THE 40. FOR ANOTHER THIRD DOWN UPCOMING. OUTSTANDING KID, WHAT AN OUTSTANDING PLAYER IS JACOB HESTER. A COMPLETE PLAYER WHO CAN DO IT ALL. RUN IT, CATCH IT. OUT OF THE BACKFIELD, WILL PLAY FULLBACK SOMETIMES. PLAYS ON SPECIAL TEAMS. A HARD-NOSED RUNNER WITH VERY DECEPTIVE SPEED. >> Charles: HE HAS THE TRUST OF HIS HEAD COACH AND OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR. THAT’S WHY HE GOT THE BALL TO START THE SEASON. THAT’S WHY HE CONTINUES TO GET THE BALL. HE NEVER TURNS IT OVER. HIS LAST FUMBLE? HIS FRESHMAN YEAR 2004. >> Thom: THIRD AND THREE. HESTER, FIRST DOWN. AND THEN SOME! ACROSS MIDFIELD. ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE 40 YARD LINE. >> Charles: LOOK TO THE LEFT SIDE OF YOUR SCREEN. NUMBER 74, BRETT HELMS. GREAT POSITIONING. HERMAN JOHNSON. HITS 65. WHEN THE HOLE OPENS, LOOK AT THE EYES OF JACOB HESTER. NOW THEY’RE FOCUSSED DOWNFIELD. LOOKING LEFT AND RIGHT TO TRY TO FIND HIM.

THEN HE TAKES ON ANDERSON RUSSELL AND WINS THE BATTLE FOR ANOTHER COUPLE YARDS. >> Thom: A GAIN OF 20. GLENN LOOKING TOWARD THE SIDELINE. LOFTS IT INTO THE HANDS AND MAKING A CATCH, GETTING A FOOT DOWN IS EARLY DOUCET FOR THE 24. >> Charles: WE JUST SAW ON THAT THROW, A 16-YARD GAIN FOR L.S.U., GREAT TOUCHED BY MATT FLYNN TO THE TARGET EARLY DOUCET. HE GETS IT OVER 21. AND DOUCET GETS A FOOT DOWN AND EVEN THE SECOND FOOT DOWN FOR GOOD MEASURE. WHAT A GREAT JOB THEY DID IN THE OFF-SEASON WORKING TOGETHER, DEVELOPING THAT CHEMISTRY.

>> Thom: DOUCET TAKES A HANDOFF AND DANCES HIS WAY TO THE 20 YARD LINE. A GAIN OF FOUR. SECOND AND SIX UPCOMING. THESE AMAZING PICTURES ARE PROVIDED BY THE DLP AMAZING PICTURE CAM. DLP, THE OFFICIAL HD-TV OF B.C.S. ON FOX. IT’S AMAZING; IT’S THE MIRRORS. AFTER AN EARLY BUCKEYE TOUCHDOWN FOLLOWED UP BY A FIELD GOAL, L.S.U. MARCHED DOWN THE FIELD. NINTH PLAY OF THIS DRIVE COMING UP. >> Charles: THE PISTOL FORMATION. >> Thom: RUNNING INSIDE THE 15 FOR CHARLES SCOTT. THEIR FOURTH LEADING RUSHER THIS SEASON. >> Charles: I MEAN, YOU TALK ABOUT THE THIRD LEADING RUSHER, SO YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT JACOB HESTER IS THEIR LEADING GUY.

KEILAND WILLIAMS, THEIR SPEED, NUMBER TWO. AND CHARLES SCOTT, NUMBER 32, JUST GOT THE CARRY. THEY’LL RUN TRINDON HOLLIDAY, THEIR SUPER-FAST GUY NUMBER 8. AND RICHARD MURPHY IS LIKELY TO GET CARRIES, TOO. FIVE DIFFERENT BACKS THAT THEY TRUST WITH THE FOOTBALL. >> Thom: WHEN THEY NEED THE BIG YARDS, HESTER IS IN THE GAME. >> Charles: WHEN THEY NEED BIG YARDS, BIG PLAYS, HE PLAYS. LOOK FOR HIM TO TOUCH IT. >> Thom: THIRD AND ONE. HESTER. THE FIRST DOWN YARDAGE TO THE OHIO STATE 12. >> Charles: WHEN THEY GO INTO THE HUDDLE AND THEY HEAR THE PLAY CALL FOR NUMBER 18, JACOB HESTER. WATCH THE DOUBLE TIGHT END THERE. DICKSON, 82. ZINGER, 89. SEE THEM BOTH BLOCK DOWN. I ALLOWS HIT 65, AND NUMBER 40 SHAWN JORDAN TO GO AROUND AND CLEAR A HOLE FOR JACOB HESTER. WHEN THEY HEAR NUMBER 18 PLAY CALL, EVERYONE HAS MORE CONFIDENCE. EVERYONE WKS HARDER AT THEIR JOB BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE IN HIM CARRYING THE FOOTBALL.

>> Thom: TWO TIGHT-END SET. DOUCET IN MOTION. AND FLYNN GOT A PIECE HIMSELF. AND NOWHERE TO GO. LARRY GRANT, WHO GREW UP IN NORTH CROSS, GEORGIA, IN ON THE TACKLE. FLYNN INJURED HIS ANKLE EARLY IN THE YEAR AND MISED A GAME. HE INJURED HIS SHOULDER THE SECOND TO LAST GAME OF THE SEASON. DID NOT PLAY IN THE S.E.C. CHAMPIONSHIP. RYAN PERRILLOUX STARTED THAT GAME AND WAS THE M.V.P.. >> Charles: DON’T BE SURPRISED IF WE SEE RYAN PERRILLOUX IN THE BALLGAME PRETTY SOON, JUST TO GET HIS FEET WET. CHECK OUT A PACKAGE AND SEE WHAT HE CAN GET DONE.

THEY HAVE MORE CONFIDENCE IN HIM NOW THAN THEY DID EARLIER THIS SEASON WHEN HE WAS STRUGGLING WITH OFF-THE-FIELD ISSUES. TRINDON HOLLIDAY, NUMBER 8, IN THE BACKFIELD NOW. >> Thom: FLYNN. ALMOST APPEARED TO BE A BUSTED PLAY OF SOME KIND. AND ALONG WITH A HOST OF OTHER BUCKEYES. >> Charles: LETTING HOLLIDAY KNOW ABOUT IT, TOO. IT WAS A PLAY ACTION TYPE PLAY. THERE WAS NO BACK TO FAKE IT TO. FLYNN WAS LEFT EXPOSED. AND BURIED BY THE DEFENSIVE FRONT OF OHIO STATE. WATCH, HOLLIDAY GOES OUT WIDE. NO ONE THERE. AND NADER ABDALLAH WHO CHRIS MYERS JUST PROFILED FROM RIGHT HERE IN NEW ORLEANS GETS HIS FIRST BIG TACKLE OF THE GAME. >> Thom: PERFECT ON THIRD DOWN SO FAR ON THIS DRIVE. THIS, BY FAR, THE MOST LENGTHY AT THIRD AND 13. >> Charles: DOUCET, NUMBER 9. BUT BRANDON LaFELL NUMBER 1 IS A NICE TARGET.

>> Referee: TIME-OUT, L.S.U. >> Thom: L.S.U. FORCED TO SPEND A TIME-OUT 2.IOT. >>> THE ALLSTATE B.C.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ON FOX IS SPONSORED BY — >> Thom: AERIAL COVERAGE BROUGHT TO YOU BY BUD LIGHT. ENDLESS REFRESHMENT FROM START TO FINISH. BUD LIGHT KEEPS IT COMING. LES MILES, A MICHIGAN MAN. JIM TRESSEL, THE HEAD COACH AT OHIO STATE. I THINK WE CAN START CALLING LES MILES AN L.S.U. MAN. >> Charles: HE’S DEFINITELY AN L.S.U. MAN. THEY LIKE TO PLAY MAN IN THIS SITUATION IN THE RED ZONE. >> Thom: HEYWARD HAS TO THROW IT AWAY.

>> Charles: I KNOW LES MILES HAS A REPUTATION OF BEING A GAMBLING TYPE COACH, BUT YOU DON’T DO ANYTHING BUT KICK IT RIGHT HERE. COLT SET A SINGLE SEASON RECORD FOR KICKERS AT L.S.U. TRY TO GET THREE ON THE BOARD AND NOT HAVE THE DRIVE BE IN VAIN. NICE JOB BY OHIO STATE FORCING FLYNN OUT OF THE POCKET. >> Thom: A 32-YARD DRIVE. THE KICK IS RIGHT DOWN HE MIDDLE. AND L.S.U. WITH TO PLAY IN THE OPENING QUARTER ON THE BOARD. NADER ABDALLAH, GREW UP IN NEW LEANS. PROUD OF HIS DEF >>> NEXT SATURDAY ON FOX, THE SEATTLE SEAHAWKS TRAVEL TO GREEN BAY TO TAKE ON THE PACKERS IN AN NFC DIVISIONAL MATCH-UP AT EASTERN ON SATURDAY. PACIFIC. THEN ON SUNDAY, THE PLAYOFFS CONTINUE HERE ON FOX. THE NEW YORK GIANTS AND THE DALLAS COWBOYS MEET FOR THE THIRD TIME THIS YEAR. DALLAS WON THE FIRST TWO. SUNDAY’S GAME, EASTERN/PACIFIC.

BOTH IN HIGH-DEFINITION ONLY ON FOX. >> Charles: YOU GET A SENSE WE’VE SETTLED INTO A FOOTBALL GAME. WE HAD A LITTLE BIT OF A TRACK MEET TO START THINGS OFF, DIDN’T WE? BIG PLAYS BOTH SIDES. NOW I THINK WE HAVE IT SETTLED IN. OKAY. LET’S GO MANO Y MANO AND SEE WHO COMES OUT. >> Thom: VERY SHORT KICK WILL BE HANDLED BY MAURICE WELLS AT THE 10. TO THE 25. TO THE 27. WE WERE THERE A SEASON AGO. NUMBER ONE RANKED UNBEATEN OHIO STATE TAKING ON THE FLORIDA GATORS FOR THE NATIONAL TITLE. THE OPENING KICKOFF, BAM! TED GINN JR., 93 YARDS FOR A TOUCHDOWN. THEN INJURED HIS ANKLE. BUT FLORIDA CHEWED HIM UP. A BAKER SCORE, CAMWELL SCORE, CHRIS LEAK, THE MVP. GATORS WON IT 41-14. OHIO STATE TRIES TO FORGET THAT GAME IN A SECOND NATIONAL TITLE GAME CONSECUTIVELY HERE TONIGHT. CHRIS WELLS. HE’S TO THE 33 YARD LINE. I’D LIKE TO REMIND YOU NISSAN AND THE ALL NEW 2009 NISSAN MURANO. OFFERING FANS A CHANCE TO ATTEND THE 2009 FedEx B.C.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN MIAMI. LOG ON TO FOXSPORTS.COM FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO ENTER FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN.

>> Thom: SECOND AND FIVE. THEY PITCH IT TO WELLS WHO DODGES ONE TACKLER AND SPINS HIS WAY OUT TO THE 40. A FIRST DOWN. WHAT A START FOR WELLS. FIVE CARRIES, 87 YARDS. INCLUDING A B.C.S. CHAMPIONSHIP GAME RECORD 65 YARD TOUCHDOWN. >> Charles: TERRIFIC START FOR HIM. AND ON THAT PLAY, HE MADE IT HAPPEN. BECAUSE THE PLAY WAS FORCED INITIALLY BY THE CORNERS. YOU SEE OHIO STATE 14 1/2 YARDS PER PLAY TO GET THE GAME STARTED. FORCED BY THE CORNER. WELLS CUT INSIDE OF HIM AND MADE HIM MISS.

THEN HURDLED IN THE SECONDARY TO PICK UP THE FIRST DOWN. >> Thom: GOOD PROTECTION. THIS TIME, WELLS LOOKING FOR HARTLINE. AND TERRIFIC COVERAGE BY JONATHAN ZENON. >> Charles: EXCELLENT PLAY. I LIKE THE AGGRESSIVENESS BY JIM TRESSEL. THEY WERE HAMMERED FOR 365 DAYS. “WHAT WENT WRONG? HOW DID IT HAPPEN? WHY WEREN’T YOU READY TO PLAY?” HE CAME OUT FROM THE WORD GO. TALK ABOUT EXORCISING DEMONS, HE WASN’T GOING TO ALLOW THEM TO THINK ABOUT LAST YEAR HOW THEY STARTED TONIGHT’S GAME. >> Thom: THERE HAS BEEN A STEELY EDGE ABOUT THE BUCKEYES TEAM LAST SEASON COMPARED TO THE ONE A SEASON AGO. WELLS ON THE SECOND DOWN. BOTTLED UP FOR A GAIN OF TWO. FIRST TIME WE CALLED GLENN DORSEY’S NAME TONIGHT. THE MOST DECORATED PLAYER IN HISTORY. >> Charles: HE WON EVERYTHING. WATCH GLENN DORSEY IN THE MIDDLE. NUMBER 72. WATCH HIM PLAY THE PIANO, AS THEY SAY. MEANING MOVING LATERALLY DOWN THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE, CONTROLLING THE BLOCKER IN FRONT OF HIM AND FALLING INTO THE TACKLE. WELL DONE BY THE ALL-AMERICAN, MAYBE THE BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER IN THE COUNTRY.

>> Thom: THIRD AND EIGHT. >> Charles: THIS IS WHAT OHIO STATE WANTED TO AVOID: GETTING BEHIND THE CHAIN AT THIRD AND LONG. >> Thom: STEPS UP AND INCOMPLETE. LOOK AT HARTLINE. HARTLINE LOOKING FOR A FLAG. DIDN’T GET IT. >> Charles: I STILL SAY AN EXCELLENT CALL ON FIRST DOWN. TAKE YOUR SHOT DOWNFIELD. BE AGGRESSIVE. THE PROBLEM FOR THEM WAS SECOND AND TEN. THEY DIDN’T PICK UP VERY MUCH. ENDED UP THIRD AND LONG. THAT ALLOWED L.S.U. TO GET THEIR NICKEL AND DIME PACKAGE ON THE FIELD A COVER THE RECEIVERS. I LIKE THE AGGRESSIVENESS OF OHIO STATE. I LIKE HOW THEY COME OUT. THEY’LL GO AHEAD AND CHALLENGE L.S.U. THAT’S THE THING. GLENN DORSEY AND THAT DEFENSE IS SO GOOD.

LET’S GO MAKE THEM BE GOOD TONIGHT. >> Thom: A.J. TRAPASO, THE OHIO STATE PUNTER. CHAD JONES, FRESHMAN STANDS AT HIS OWN 20. ANGLED TOWARD THE SIDELINE. JONES FROM THE 8. AND STILL ON HIS FEET. THE 15. THE BALL IS LOOSE! AND WHO’S GOT IT? THERE IS A SCRAMBLE AT THE 15 YARD LINE. THE BUCKEYES SAY THEY HAVE IT. >> Charles: SERVE PULLING AND GRABBING, OF COURSE. A SHOE JUST CAME OUT OF THE PILE.

>> Thom: IT LOOKS LIKE HARRY COLEMAN IS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PILE WITH THE FOOTBALL FOR L.S.U. >> Charles: HOW BIG IS THIS FOR L.S.U.? EXCELLENT TACKLE BY MARCUS FREEMAN. WORKS THE BALL FREE. NOW, WHO IS GOING TO GET ON TOP OF IT? IT LOOKS LIKE BOTH SIDES HAVE A SHOT AT IT. COLEMAN, NUMBER 24, NICE JOB! MARCUS FREEMAN IS THE LINEBACK THEY’RE’S FORGOTTEN FOR OHIO STATE BECAUSE OF THE PLAUDITS FOR JAMES LAURINAITIS AND DESERVEDLY SO, BUT MARCUS FREEMAN CAN FLAT-OUT PLAY ON THE OUTSIDE. >> Thom: OUT OF THE SHOTGUN. THROWS TO DOUCET. 22 YARD LINE ON THE FINAL PLAY OF THE OPENING QUARTER. A GAIN OF SIX. OHIO STATE JUMPED OUT TO A 10-NOTHING LEAD. L.S.U. COMES BACK, KICKS A FIELD >>> WE BEGIN THE SECOND STANZA OF THE ALLSTATE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME ON FOX. ALONG WITH THE CREW, CHRIS MYERS, CHARLES DAVIS, I’M THOM BRENNEMAN. GREAT TO HAVE YOU WITH US. L.S.U. FROM THEIR OWN 21. HANDOFF TO HESTER. SHORT OF A FIRST DOWN. IT APPEARS BY A YARD. GHOLSTON, LAURINAITIS, FREEMAN CONVERGE ON THE TACKLE. OUR GAME SUMMARY BROUGHT TO YOU BY FORD. LOOK AT THE NUMBERS. OVERWHELMINGLY IN OHIO STATE’S FAVOR, BUT IT’S ONLY A SEVEN-POINT SPREAD.

>> Charles: OBVIOUSLY, THE CHRIS WELLS 65-YARD TOUCHDOWN HELPED TILT THINGS IN THE FAVOR OF OHIO STATE, BUT YOU HAVE TO COMPLIMENT THE PLAY-CALLING OF JIM TRESSEL THROWING THE BALL ON FIRST DOWN AND CREATING BIG PLAYS THAT WAY ALSO. >> Thom: OUT OF THE “I” FORMATION, THEY GIVE IT TO HESTER. FIRST DOWN. ANDERSON RUSSELL AT THE 29. AND HESTER RAN THROUGH HIM AFTER A FIVE-YARD GAIN. >> Charles: THAT’S TWO PLAYS NOW I’VE SEEN JACOB HESTER HAVE TO TAKE ON ANDERSON RUSSELL IN THE SECONDARY. SO FAR, HESTER IS 2-0 WINNING THAT ONE-ON-ONE BATTLE GAINING ADDITIONAL YARDAGE. LOOK WHO IS COMING INTO THE GAME. NUMBER 11, RYAN PERRILLOUX, THE BACKUP QUARTERBACK. >> Thom: PERRILLOUX PLAYED IN 11 GAMES THIS SEASON. THREW EIGHT TOUCHDOWNS. TWO INTERCEPTIONS. RAN FOR 251 YARDS. AND WAS THE M.V.P. OF THE S.E.C. CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. HE WENT THE DISTANCE N PLACE OF THE INJURED FLINT. >> Charles: THE RUNNER. >> Thom: THE OPTION. HE GOT IT AWAY TO KEILAND WILLIAMS. RUN OUT OF BOUNDS CLOSE TO A FIRST DOWN. WOW! AND A FLAG COMES IN LATE ALONG THE SIDELINE.

>> Charles: IT’S GOING TO BE LATE HIT ON THE SIDELINE, I BELIEVE, AS WILLIAMS GOES OUT OF BOUNDS. I THINK THEY’LL FLAG OHIO STATE FOR EXTRA PLAY. >> Referee: PERSONAL FOUL, NUMBER 92 ON THE DEFENSE. OUT OF BOUNDS. 15 YARDS AHE DEAD BALL SPOT. FIRST DOWN. >> Charles: THE THING ABOUT PERRILLOUX BEING IN THE GAME, THE ENTIRE PLAY BOOK IS OPEN FOR L.S.U. BUT WHAT HE’S MOST KNOWN FOR WHEN HE FIRST COMES IN THE GAME IS THE QUARTERBACK RUN SERIES. AS WE TAKE A LOOK AT THE END OF THE PLAY, BRANDON LaFELL NUMBER ONE BLOCKING DONALD WASHINGTON. I’M NOT SURE BASED ON THAT ANGLE. I LOOKED LIKE HE WAS PUSHED AS HE WENT OVER THE SIDELINE.

BUT THE OFFICIAL IS RIGHT THERE SAYING HE GOT KNOCKED OUT OF BOUNDS — CAUGHT AFTER HE WAS OUT OF BOUNDS. >> Thom: WENT RIGHT BACK IN THERE. WORKS OUT OF THE SHOTGUN. THE FRESHMAN FROM SUWANEE, GEORGIA. HE’S RUN DOWN. THE S OF THE LATE IRONHEAD HEYWARD AND THEY THINK HE WILL BE A GREAT ONE. >> Charles: WATCH THE PURSUIT. INSIDE THE DOWNED LINEMAN, CAMERON HEYWARD, NUMBER 97. HE GOES THROUGH, PURSUES AND RUNS DOWN ONE OF THE FASTER BACKS FOR L.S.U., KEILAND WILLIAMS. THAT’S A BEAUTIFUL PLAY BY A DEFENSIVE END AND A FRESHMAN, TRUE FRESHMAN AS THAT.

IT EVEN HAS JIM TRESSEL EXCITED BY HIS PLAY. >> Thom: A LOSS OF A YARD. SECOND AND 11. FLYNN TO A WIDE OPEN DEMETRIUS BYRD! TO THE 25. AND A FLAG IS DOWN ON THE PLAY. RIGHT WHERE THE TACKLE WAS MADE. >> Charles: CAUGHT HIM IN A ZONE BLITZ, THOM. >> Referee: PERSONAL FOUL, FACE MASKING 33 ON THE DEFENSE. HALF THE DISTANCE TO THE GOAL. FIRST DOWN. >> Charles: WATCH COMING FROM THE TOP.

COLEMAN FROM THE RIGHT OF THE SCREEN. FINDING HIM IN THE HOLE. RIGHT THERE, LAURINAITIS AT THE END OF THE PLAY HAS A FACE MASK ON DEMETRIUS BYRD THE RECEIVER, WHICH TACKS ON BIG YARDAGE AT THE END OF A BIG GAIN. >> Thom: L.S.U. QUICKLY TO THE RIGHT. AND SCRIMMAGE. TOUCH DOWN TO RICHARD DICKSON! THE POINT AFTER UPCOMING. FOURTH TOUCHDOWN RECEIVING FOR DICKSON. HE’S AN OUTSTANDING TIGHT END. >> Charles: FLYNN HAS A SPECIAL CONNECTION WITH HIM. BUT I LOVE WHA THE WIZARD GARY CROUTON DIALED UP THERE. SPECIAL FORMATION TO MAKE IT UNBALANCED. RICHARD DICKSON ON THE BACKSIDE AND THEY WENT HURRY-UP BEFORE OHIO STATE HAD A CHANCE TO REACT. DICKSON TAKES IT IN THE >> Thom: WELL, AFTER A SHAKY OPENING POSSESSION FOR THE BAYOU BENGALS, FOLLOWED UP BY A 14-PLAY DRIVE, FIELD GOAL AND TOUCHDOWN THROW TO RICHARD DICKSON TO TIE THIS ALLSTATE B.C.S.

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME AT TEN APIECE. >> Charles: WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THE AGGRESSIVENESS OF JIM TRESSEL. GARY CROWTON MATCHED HIS AGGRESSIVENESS ON THAT DRIVE WITH A LITTLE SLIGHT OF HAND WITH THE LAST FOURMATION. >> Thom: ANOTHER SHORT KICK. RAY SMALL FROM THE 12 YARD LINE. HAMMERED AT THE 23. >> Charles: TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT L.S.U. DID ON THE TOUCHDOWN. FIRST AND FOREMOST THEY BUNCH THE RECEIVERS HERE, BRINGING THE SECONDARIES HERE. BUT THERE’S NO ONE BACK HERE FOR THE TIGHT END RICHARD DICKSON ON AN UNBALANCED FORMATION.

NO COVERAGE WHATSOEVER. THEY CONFUSED HIM WITH THE ALIGNMENT, OUTFLANKED THEM AND GET BACK ON THE SHORT SIDE. EASY THROW FOR FLYNN AND RICHARD DICKSON DID NOT MISS THE LAY-UP. THERE’S GARY CROWTON, THE OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR, FORMER HEAD COACH OF B.Y.U. AND LOUISIANA TECH. PLENTY MORE IN HIS BAG TONIGHT THAT HE WANTS TO USE. >> Thom: WELLS TO THE OUTSIDE. ACROSS THE 30. HOOK ARMS JACKSON. CROSSES MIDFIELD. WOW! CHEVIS JACKSON RUN OVER ON THE STIFF ARM FROM CHRIS WELLS.

>> Charles: HOW ABOUT THAT? THIS IS AN OFFENSIVE LINE’S BEEN MALIGNED SINCE LAST YEAR’S TITLE GAME AGAINST FLORIDA. TONIGHT COUPLED WITH THE FULLBACK AND FULLBACK BEN PERSON. ARCHIE GRIFFIN IS THE NUMBER ONE NAME IN OHIO STATE RUNNING THE FOOTBALL. CHRIS WELLS TRYING TO JOIN IN ON THAT LIST. >> Thom: HE’S PASSED HIM TONIGHT FOR THE ALL-TIME SOPHOMORE SINGLE SEASON RUSHING RECORD. BOECKMAN TO THROW ON FIRST DOWN. INSIDE THE 30. THE 28 YARD LINE. BRIAN ROBISKIE, OF COURSE, HIS FATHER A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN L.S.U. HISTORY. THE M.V.P. OF THE SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE BACK IN 1976. HIS FATHER IS HERE TONIGHT, AN ASSISTANT COACH WITH THE MIAMI DOLPHINS. THOUGH HE’S AN L.S.U. ALUM, HE SAYS, “I AIN’T ROOTING FOR L.S.U.” >> Charles: WHEN IT COMES TO BLOOD, BLOOD WILL WIN AHEAD OF SCHOOL WHEN BLOOD IS INVOLVED IN THE CONTEST.

>> Thom: CHRIS WELLS AGAIN. FLAGS NOW LITTER THE FIELD. ARCHIE GRIFFIN, WHAT AN UNBELIEVABLE CAREER HE HAD. TWO-TIME HEISMAN TROPHY WINNER. THE ONLY PLAYER TO DO SO IN ’74, AND ’75. LED THEM IN RUSHING IN FOUR STRAIGHT YEARS. STILL THE MOST RUSHING YARDS IN SCHOOL HISTORY. AND NOW HE’S THE PRESIDENT OF THE OHIO STATE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION. A GREAT PLAYER, AN EVEN BETTER HUMAN BEING. NOW AS A SOPHOMORE, CHRIS WELLS HAS PASSED ARCHIE GRIFFIN FOR THE MOST YARDS IN A SINGLE SEASON. WELL, A FLAG AGAIN WILL GO AGAINST OHIO STATE. AND WILL BACK HIM UP 15 MORE YARDS. >> Charles: THERE APPEARED TO BE A PERSONAL FOUL. I LOOKED LIKE IT WAS STEVE REHRING NUMBER 71 WORKING AGAINST NUMBER 48, MIDDLE LINEBACKER BECKWITH. AND REHRING WAS FLAGGED ON THE PLAY, SETTING BACK OHIO STATE. >> Thom: BOECKMAN THROWS TO A WIDE-OPEN RECEIVER BRANDON SAINE. AND HE’S ALL THE WAY TO THE 20 YARD LINE. >> Charles: A NICE GAIN, BECAUSE IT BRINGS UP A MANAGEABLE THIRD DOWN PLAY FOR OHIO STATE.

THIS IS A PLAY THAT COULD HAVE BROKEN EVEN BIGGER IF TODD BOECKMAN DOESN’T STUMBLE AND ISN’T BOTHERED IN THE POCKET. IF THEY GOT THE BALL OFF QUICKER, THEY COULD HAVE HAD A BIGGER PLAY. LOOK AT THE ALL-AMERICAN SAFETY HOLDING HIS RIGHT WRIST. NOT A GOOD SIGN FOR L.S.U. IF YOU ARE OHIO STATE COACHES IN THE BOX, YOU’RE TAKING A LOOK AT THAT AND MAYBE TRYING TO FIND A WAY TO ISOLATE YOUR GUY ON CRAIG STELTZ. >> Thom: THIRD AND THIRD IN THE BACKFIELD. BOECKMAN LOBS IT TO THE END ZONE. TOUCHDOWN, ROBISKIE — NO! THEY SAY IT SPRUNG LOOSE. I LOOKED LIKE HE HAD IT MOMENTARILY. THEN THAT BALL CAME OUT OF THERE. AND STELTZ IS STILL IN A GREAT DEAL OF PAIN. >> Charles: IT HURT THEM IN COVERAGE BECAUSE OF HIS PAIN. HE WAS LATE GETTING TO AN ASSIGNMENT. IT ENDED UP ONE-ON-ONE. HE WAS THE DEEP SAFETY ON THIS PLAY. NOT ABLE TO COME OVER AND HELP OUT CHEVIS JACKSON ON THE SHORT-SIDE.

NOW THEY’RE ATTENDING TO HIM OUT ON THE FIELD. >> Thom: WHAT AN OUTSTANDING PLAY BY JACKSON. THAT BALL WAS IN THE MITTS OF >> Thom: OUR AERIAL COVERAGE FROM NEW ORLEANS BROUGHT TO YOU BY BUD LIGHT, ENDLESS REFRESHMENT FROM START TO FINISH. BUD LIGHT KEEPS IT COMING. FOURTH DOWN AND THREE. TO PLAY UNTIL HALFTIME. AND OHIO STATE SENDING PETERORIUS TO THE FIELD. >> Charles: I’M WATCHING FOR THE FAKE. >> Thom: NO FAKE. IT’S BLOCKED BY L.S.U.! BECKWITHHAS GOT IT AT THE 35. IT LOOKED LIKE JEAN-FRANCOIS GOT A PAW ON THE FOOTBALL. >> Charles: THE FOURTH BLOCK THIS YEAR OF A PRETOREUS KICK. AND JEAN-FRANCOIS BARRELS THROUGH AND KNOCKS OVER PERSON NUMBER 63 AND GETS HIS RIGHT PAW IN THE AIR AND SWATS IT AWAY. HE GETS THE LEVERAGE ON PERSON AND KNOCKS HIM IN THE BACKFIELD AND BATS THE FIELD GOAL DOWN.

NOW YOU SEE WHY THEY WERE SO HAPPY TO GET JEAN-FRANCOIS BACK ON THE TEAM. HIS FIRST GAME, THE S.E.C. TITLE GAME THIS SEASON. >> Thom: THE MOMENTUM HAS SWUNG TO THE TIGERS. AND OUT TO THE 48 YARD LINE, JACOB HESTER, A PICK-UP OF 15. SEND IT DOWNSTAIRS TO CHRIS MYERS. >> Chris: ON THE L.S.U. SIDELINE, THE PLAYERS ADMITTED THEY WERE JITTERY TO START WITH THINGS. THEY’VE CALMED DOWN AND THEIR COACH IS PLAYING PSYCHOLOGIST AS MUCH AS ANYTHING. NO REAL ADJUSTMENT, JUST STAY IN YOUR LANES. L.S.U. PLAYERS HAVE SAID THEY’VE GIVEN US THEIR BEST SHOT. NOW WE’LL GIVE THEM OURS. WE’LL HAVE AN UPDATE ON CRAIG STELTZ’S INJURY IN A MOMENT. >> Charles: THE OFFENSIVE LINE IS STARTING TO MOVE THE DEFENSIVE FRONT OF OHIO STATE.

>> Thom: AND THE OPTION. DOESN’T TAKE THE BAIT. NO HELP BEHIND HIM. AND THE PITCH GOES TO RICHARD MURPHY. THAT’S A GAIN OF NEARLY 9. TAKE A LOOK AT THE FOX JUMPER SCOPE THE LAST TOUCHDOWN. >> Charles: UNBALANCED LINE, BACK TO THE BACKSIDE. BUT YOU’VE GOT A BUNCH OUT FOUR INCLUDING OFFENSIVE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE. KURT COLEMAN THE SAFETY IS PLAYING THAT SIDE BECAUSE OF THE NUMBERS AND HE DOESN’T REALIZE RICHARD DICKSON BACKSIDE, ELIGIBLE RECEIVER. EASY CATCH FOR THE TOUCHDOWN, TREMENDOUS FORMATION SENT IN BY GARY CROWTON, THE OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR. >> Thom: SECOND AT ABOUT A YARD-AND-A-HALF. OHIO STATE, 45. WILLIAMS. LOBBYING DOWN THE SIDELINES.

INCOMPLETE. MALCOLM JENKINS NUMBER TWO, STEP-FOR-STEP WITH BYRD NUMBER TWO. AND LARRY GRANT PIT A HIT ON MR. FLYNN. >> Charles: IF LARRY GRANT DOES NOT GET IN THERE AND DISRUPT THE TIMING TO THAT HAVE PLAY, L.S.U. HAS SOMETHING GOING. THEY DECIDED TO TAKE A SHOT. GOOD FIELD POSITION. PLAY ACTION. TRYING TO GET DEEP. LARRY GRANT GOT IN THE FACE OF MATT FLYNN, UNABLE TO KEEP HIS FEET CLEAN. STEP INTO THE THROW AND GIVE IT HIS BEST SHOT. NICE JOB BY LARRY GRANT ON DEFENSE FOR OHIO STATE. >> Thom: HESTER THIS TIME. WILL COME OFF FROM THE SLOT TO THE LEFT. >> Thom: THERE’S A TIGHT END. THIS TIME IT’S INSIDE THE 30. THE 28. THEY’RE SAYING THE GROUND CAUSED THE FUMBLE. THAT’S THE FIRST DOWN FOR L.S.U. >> Charles: WHEN I TALKED WITH GARY CROWTON BEFORE THE GAME, HE TALKED ABOUT THE IDEA OF PLAYING AGAINST THE ZONE BLITZ STYLE.

WATCH JAMES LAURINAITIS IN THE MIDDLE. THEY KEY HIM. AS HE MOVES TO THE FLAT, THEY JUST GO TO THE HOLE HE VACATED. WHEN YOU HAVE ZONE BLITZES AND YOU HAVE TO MOVE PEOPLE TO COVER HOLES, OFTEN TIMES YOUR TIGHT END OR YOUR INSIDE RECEIVER BECOMES A PRIMARY GUY. GOT TO GET THE BALL TO HIM EARLY IN THE HOLE. THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT MATT FLYNN DID. >> Thom: FIRST AND TEN TIGERS FROM THE 26. FLYNN, COMING OFF THE SHOULDER INJURY, YOU WONDER HOW MANY OF THOSE ATTEMPTS THEY WANT HIM TO HAVE TONIGHT. >> Charles: THEY WANT THE QUARTERBACK RUN GAME IN TO EVEN UP NUMBERS AND MAKE OHIO STATE BECOME MORE BALANCED ON DEFENSE.

MAKE THEM WARY ABOUT BLITZING AND GOING AFTER THE QUARTERBACK. THE BETTER GUY TO RUN THOSE PLAYS IS RYAN PERRILLOUX. BIGGER, STRONGER, THICKER GUY. MATT FLYNN IS CAPABLE, BUT IF MATT FLYNN IS GOING TO GET YOU YARDAGE ON A PLAY, RYAN PERRILLOUX WILL PROBABLY GET YOU A FEW YARDS MORE ON THE SAME PLAY. >> Thom: OHIO STATE JUMPED IN FRONT 10-NOTHING. 10 UNANSWERED POINTS FOR L.S.U. NOW THEY’RE BANGING ON THE DOOR AFTER BLOCKING AN OHIO STATE FIELD GOAL ATTEMPT A MOMENT AGO.

THEY PITCH IT TO HOLLIDAY. CUTS IT BACK THE OTHER WAY. AT THE 16. VERY CLOSE TO A FIRST DOWN. >> Charles: THIS IS WHAT IS SPREADING OUT A DEFENSE DOES FOR YOU. NOW VERNON GHOLSTON HAS TO EITHER TAKE THE PITCH MAN OR THE QUARTERBACK. HE TAKES THE QUARTERBACK AND THEN TRINDON HOLLIDAY JUST NAVIGATES HIS WAY THROUGH THE OHIO STATE DEFENSE TO PUT THEM IN POSITION ON THIRD AND SHORT. A TREMENDOUS RUN ON THE CUT-BACK. FIRST IS MAN COVERAGE. HARD TO ACCOUNT FOR EVERYONE IF YOU’RE LOUISIANA STATE ON DEFENSE. OF COURSE, WHO IS BACK THERE? HESTER, NUMBER 18. >> Thom: FLYNN ON THE KEEPER.

FOR A 15. A FIRST DOWN FOR L.S.U. ENORMOUS SWINGS EMOTIONALLY IN THIS GAME. A COUPLE OF EARLY PUNCHES LANDED BY OHIO STATE TO GET OUT IN FRONT. L.S.U. COMES UP WITH A STOP AFTER BAD FIELD POSITION ON A THIRD TRY. KICKS A FIELD GOAL. TIES THE GAME AFTER A SECOND LENGTHY DRIVE NOW. THEY BLOCK A FIELD GOAL ATTEMPT AND HAVE MARCHED INSIDE THE 20. >> Charles: AND L.S.U.’S OFFENSIVE LINE STARTING TO TAKE CONTROL OF THE GAME HERE IN THIS — DURING THIS QUARTER. AS WELL AS GARY CROWTON’S FORMATION LIMITING WHAT HIGH SCHOOL STATE CAN DO TO ATTACK DEFENSIVELY. >> Thom: DOWN BY LARRY GRANT. ON A FIRST DOWN PASS ATTEMPT. SECOND AND TEN. >> Charles: HOW ABOUT GRANT? WE TALKED ABOUT JAMES LAURINAITIS. WATCH GRANT ON THE PASS RUSH. LAURINAITIS AND WE TALKED ABOUT FREEMAN. GRANT, IN THE FACE OF FLYNN, NO ONE THERE TO BLOCK HIM. BATS THE BALL AWAY. WE’VE SEEN HIM PUT GREAT PRESSURE ON MATT FLYNN ON THIS DRIVE. CREATE AN INCOMPLETION. THIS ONE HE KNOCKED AWAY FOR A SECOND INCOMPLETION. THIS IS THE FOURTH STRAIGHT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME LARRY GRANT IS PLAYING IN. TWO IN JUNIOR COLLEGE. NOW TWO B.C.S.

CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES. 0-3 AND HE DESPERATELY WANTS A WIN. >> Thom: PLAY CLOCK DOWN TO 2, 1. THEY THREW. FLYNN KEEPS IT. TO THE 10 YARD LINE. THIRD AND FIVE FOR THE TIGERS UPCOMING. AND COMING UP ON THE SOUTHWEST HALFTIME SHOW, CHRIS ROSE, JIMMY JOHNSON, EDDIE GEORGE, URBAN MEYER WILL RECAP THE OPENING HALF. THE ALLSTATE ALUMNI KICKER CHALLENGE WILL TAKE PLACE AND WE’LL GET A LOOK AT THE OHIO STATE AND L.S.U. MARCHING BANDS COMING YOUR WAY ON THE SOUTHWEST HALFTIME SHOW. >> Charles: L.S.U.’S HUDDLE, THEY HUDDLE PRETTY MUCH ON THE BALL. ALMOST TELLING HIGH SCHOOL STATE WE CAN TURN AROUND AND ATTACK ANYTIME YOU WANT TO. YOU BETTER BE SHARP WITH YOUR SUBSTITUTIONS.

SPREADING THEM OUT YET AGAIN, THOM. TRYING TO CREATE MAN COVERAGE. >> Thom: FLYNN ROLLING LEFT. WALKS IT TO THE END ZONE. TOUCHDOWN, LaFELL! >> Thom: LaFELL, HIS FOURTH TOUCHDOWN RECEPTION OF THE SEASON. THE POINT AFTER BY COLT DAVID IS GOOD. 17 UNANSWERED POINTS FOR THE L.S.U. TIGERS. BACK-TO-BACK-TO-BACK OUTSTANDING DRIVES! TAPPED OFF BY A TOUCHDOWN AND 7-POINT L.S.U. LEAD. YOU’RE WATCHING THE THE ALLSTATE B.C.S. NATIONAL >> Thom: WELCOME BACK. >> Charles: MATT FLYNN COMPLETED HIS SECOND TOUCHDOWN PASS OF THE NIGHT AND HE MISSED THE S.E.C. CHAMPIONSHIP GAME WITH A BAD SHOULDER, BUT ANYONE WHO KNOWS THE TOUGHNESS OF MATT FLYNN DID NOT EXPECT HIM TO MISS THIS BALLGAME. IN HIGH SCHOOL, HE PLAYED THROUGH THE STATE SEMI-FINALS ON A BROKEN FOOT AIDED BY THE BLOCKING OF BLACK, HIS TEAMMATE HERE AT L.S.U.

>> Thom: L.S.U., THE FIRST LEAD OF THE NIGHT. THE KICK IS FIELDED BY RAY SMALL AT THE 10 YARD LINE. OUT TO THE 30, TO THE 31. >> Charles: TWO TOUCHDOWN PASS BY MATT FLYNN. THE FIRST ONE, VERISY. PITCH AND CATCH. THE FORMATION CAUGHT THEM. THE LAST ONE I WAS IMPRESSED WITH. MOVING TO HIS LEFT ON THE RUN, THROWS AGAINST HIS BODY. A PERFECT STRIKE TO LaFELL BREAKING IN THE BACK PART OF THE END ZONE TO THE TOUCHDOWN. NICE TOUCH BY MATT FLYNN. ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT HIS SHOULDER SHOULD NOW HAVE BEEN ANSWERED. >> Thom: YOU GET THE FEELING THIS ALL OF A SUDDEN BECOMES A VERY IMPORTANT DRIVE OFFENSIVELY FOR OHIO STATE. >> Charles: AGREED. >> Thom: CHRIS WELLS MET AT THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE BY GLENN DORSEY. SOME TALKING GOING ON. DARRY BECKWITH AND REHRING GETTING TANGLED UP. >> Charles: WATCH DORSEY, 72. THE BIG GUY THAT IS GOING TO COME INSIDE AND MAKE THE PLAY.

HE GETS HELP BECAUSE NUMBER 99 CLOGS IT UP IN THE MIDDLE AND ALLOWS DORSEY TO COME BEHIND THE BLOCK, GO BEHIND THE PLAY AND MAKE THE TACKLE. YOU DON’T WANT TO GET NUMBER 72 EMOTIONALLY INVOLVED IN THE GAME, AS WELL AS PHYSICALLY. THE REST OF THE DEFENSE FEEDS OFF OF HIM. >> Thom: CRAIG STELTZ HAS NOT COME BACK ON THE FIELD FOR L.S.U. HARRY COLEMAN 24 REPLACES HIM IN THE SECONDARY. BOECKMAN THE THROW. INCOMPLETE. HARTLINE. FLAG COMES IN. THERE IS A LOT OF JAWING GOING ON BETWEEN THE OHIO STATE OFFENSIVE LINE AND THE DEFENSIVE LINE OF L.S.U. >> Charles: THE PUSH IS REALLY COMING FROM THE DEFENSIVE LINE OF L.S.U. AT THIS POINT IN THE BALLGAME. THEY REALLY STARTED TO MOVE THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE BACKWARD AGAINST OHIO STATE’S FRONT AFTER OHIO STATE HAD PLENTY OF SUCCESS EARLY IN THE GAME. WATCHING OUT FOR L.S.U.

TO LOCK UP MAN FOR MAN AGAINST THE RECEIVERS AND TRY AND USE THE BIG DEFENSIVE FRONT AGAINST TODD BOECKMAN. >> Thom: BRANDON SAINE IN MOTION. THEY’RE COMING AFTER BOECKMAN. WHO LOFTS IT TO THE FAR SIDE AND IT IS INTERCEPTED BY CHEVIS JACKSON! TO THE 30. THE 25. AND RUN OUT OF BOUNDS! >> Charles: L.S.U. DOESN’T BELIEVE THEY CAN HURT THEMSELVES OUTSIDE WITH THE RECEIVER AND THEY SAFETY BLITZ. MAN-FOR-MAN IN THE COVERAGE. HARRYOLEMAN — CHEVIS JACKSON, THE ALL CONFERENCE CORNER WITH A GREAT PICK.

COLEMAN PROVIDED PRESSURE WITH THE SAFETY BLITZ AND FORCED BOECKMAN TO UNLOAD THE FOOTBALL. >> Thom: COLEMAN JUST CAME IN ON THIS SERIES FOR THE INJURED ALL-AMERICAN CRAIG STELTZ. >> Charles: HE’S THE SAME HARRY COLEMAN WHO RECOVERED THE FUMBLE OF CHAD JONES DEEP IN THEIR TERRITORY AFTER A PUNT THAT SAVED L.S.U. EARLIER THIS GAME. >> Thom: SO NOW L.S.U. TRYING TO ADD TO A 7-POINT LEAD. FLYNN, GOOD PROTECTION. STEPS UP AND DELIVERS A STRIKE TO THE 15 YARD LINE. THE CATCH MADE BY DEMETRIUS BYRD. CHECK IN DOWNSTAIRS WITH CHRIS MYERS. >> Chris: CRAIG STELTZ HAS BEEN TAKEN TO THE LOCKER ROOM. OFFICIALLY THEY’RE CALLING IT A STINGER. THEY CHECKED FOR A CONCUSSION AND WORKEDN HIS RIGHT SHOULDER. CRAIG STELTZ SAID, “I’M A SENIOR, I DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS NO MATTER WHAT.” THE TRAINER SAID, “IF WE CAN GET YOU ALL RIGHT, WE’LL GET YOU BACK IN THERE.” THEY’RE CHECKING HIM. OFFICIALLY A STINGER I SHOULDER BOTHERING HIM. HE WAS IN PAIN WHEN HE WENT IN THERE. >> Thom: CHRIS, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. A GAIN OF EIGHT. >> Charles: PLAYBOOK WIDE OPEN ON SECOND AND SHORT HERE.

>> Thom: LOCKING — LOOKING BACK THE OTHER WAY. TO THE 5. AND TO THE 1 YARD LINE. THE NUMBER ONE RANKED OHIO STATE DEFENSE RIGHT NOW BEING TOYED WITH BY THE L.S.U. OFFENSE. >> Charles: GARY CROWTON HAS THEM SO MUCH ON THE RUN. NOW HE HITS THEM WITH MISDIRECTION. EARLIER HE HIT THEM WITH THE UNBALANCED LINE AND HAD DICKSON ON THE BACK SIDE AS AN ELIGIBLE RECEIVER. THIS TIME IT WAS A THROW-BACK WITH THE TIGHT END CROSSING FROM RIGHT TO LEFT ON A SHALLOW CROSS. THEY FIND HIM AGAIN BEFORE COLEMAN TACKLES HIM INSIDE THE ONE. >> Thom: THEY HAND IT ON FIRST DOWN AN LEAPING INTO THE AIR IS HESTER.

HE’S CHOPPED DOWN BY LAURINAITIS. SECOND AND GOAL. WE TALKED ABOUT OHIO STATE IN THE TOP THREE IN EVERY MAJOR CATEGORY. SO FAR, THEY’VE ALLOWED 17 POINTS, 179 TOTAL YARDS. THEY ONLY GIVE UP 229 PER GAME ON AVERAGE. >> Charles: LOOK AT THE THIRD DOWN. SEVEN OF NINE. THIS IS A TEAM FOR THE YEAR ON THIRD DOWN WAS ONLY GIVING UP 31%. >> Thom: HESTER. DENIED THE END ZONE.

>> Charles: NOT MUCH YOU CAN GET ON GARY CROWTON ABOUT TONIGHT IN PLAY-CALLING. IF I HAVE JACOB HESTER IN THAT SITUATION, RATHER THAN RUN HIM FROM THE FULLBACK SPOT WHERE HE DOESN’T GAIN MOMENTUM, GET A GUY IN FRONT OF HIM. GET SHAWN JORDAN OR JOHNSON, THE NORMAL FULLBACK AND LET THEM HAMMER OUT A HOLE AND HAVE HESTER FOLLOW IN BEHIND THEM. I’D HAVE HIM AT TAILBACK, NOT FULLBACK.

>> Thom: L.S.U. ALLOWED TWO RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS THE ENTIRE SEASON. THE LOWEST IN THE B.C.S. GOING BACK 12 YEARS IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL. RIGHT NOW, THEY HAVE THE >>> THE ALLSTATE B.C.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IS SPONSORED BY — >> Charles: I THINK THIS IS FOUR DOWN TERRITORY HERE FOR L.S.U. IF THEY DON’T LOSE YARDAGE ON THIS PLAY. LOOK FOR HESTER OR THE PLAY FAKE AND FIND A TIGHT END.

>> Thom: GIVES IT TO HESTER. MET A THE GOAL LINE. NO SIGNAL GIVEN YET. NOW, A TOUCHDOWN FOR L.S.U.! >> Charles: HE GOT IN ON SHEER SECOND EFFORT THERE. THE ONE THING ABOUT JACOB HESTER, HARD TO KNOCK HIM BACKWARDS. WATCH THE FIRST EFFORT. STYMIED AT LINE OF SCRIMMAGE. RIGHT THERE, HE’S MISSED. LOOKS LIKE LAURINAIS. BUT THEN AS HE TURNS, WATCH WIGGLE AND MOVE HIS BODY AND TURN AND FALL AND STAY WITH IT. NOW HE FALLS ON THE GOALLINE. TOUCHDOWN, L.S.U. >> Thom: THE POINT AFTER ATTEMPT BY COLT DAVID. GOOD SNAP. GOOD HOLD. GOOD KICK. 24 UNANSWERED POINTS FROM THE L.S.U. TIGERS. THEY LEAD BY 14, >> Charles: OHIO STATE CANNOT GET AWAY FROM WHAT THEY CAME IN THE GAME TRYING TO DO.

RUN THE FOOTBALL WITH BEANIE WELLS. IF THEY ABANDON THAT NOW AT 24-10, YOU’RE HANDING BO PELINI A BLANK SLATE TO DIAL UP MIXES IN MIXED UP COVERAGES AND GET AFTER THE QUARTERBACK. AND TODD BOECKMAN IS NOT EXACTLY MOBILE IN THE POCKET. >> Thom: SMALL FROM HIS OWN 11 YARD LINE. PICKS IT CLEANLY AND TRIES TO GO TO THE LEFT. AND TURN THE CORNER. HE IS DENIED. WE TALKED SO MUCH ALREADY ABOUT JACOB HESTER. WHAT DO HIS TEAMMATES THINK ABOUT HIM? >> I THINK HE’S JUST ONE OF THOSE OLD SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYERS.

HE CAN PLAY ANY POSITION. WE ASK HIM TO PLAY LINEBACKER, HE COULD. IF WE ASK HIM TO PLAY SAFETY, HE COULD. IT’S JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS HE HAS A KNACK FOR THE GAME, HAS A KNACK FOR SEEING THE FIELD AND JUST KNOWS WHAT TO DO. HE’S JUST ONE OF THE GUYS THAT’S SOLID ON THE TEAM. YOU KNOW YOU CAN COUNT ON HIM FOR ANYTHING. >> Thom: WHAT AN EVEN BETTER YOUNG MAN.

>> Charles: WE HAD A BLAST MEETING WITH HIM. HE’S JUST A GREAT FOOTBALL PLAYER, HIS WIF HIM TO KEEP A BOOK OF ELVIS IN THE HOUSE. >> Thom: A TIPPED BALL. HARTLINE CAME DOWN TO THE FOOTBALL, BUT IT APPEARED TO BE OUT OF BOUNDS. ALREADY AN INTERCEPTION A MOMENT AGO BY BOECKMAN LEADING TO THE TOUCHDOWN. >> Charles: TWO-DEEP COVERAGE FROM L.S.U. THE SAFETY OVER THE TOP. BUT THE CORNER JONATHAN ZENON HAD RESPONSIBILITY FOR UNDERNEATH COVERAGE. HE READ THE PLAY AND DROPPED BACK, FELL BACK IN THE COVERAGE TO GET A HAND ON THE FOOTBALL AND HELPED CAUSE THE INCOMPLETION.

A TERRIFIC READ BY JONATHAN ZENON FROM THE CORNER POSITION. >> Thom: STILL NO RETURN FROM THE ALL-AMERICAN SAFETY CRAIG STELTZ. THEY PITCH IT TO WELLS ON THE SHORT FIELD. HE PICKS UP MAYBE TWO. >> Charles: NOW YOU’RE IN THIRD AND EIGHT TERRITORY. YOU’RE IN BO PELINI LAND RIGHT NOW, THE DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR FOR L.S.U. HE’S GOING TO DIAL UP SOMETHING BIG HERE. I THINK HE FEELS LIKE HIS CORNERS CAN REALLY LOCK UP AND HE’LL GET AFTER THEM. >> Thom: AMAZING PICTURES PROVIDED BY THE DLP AMAZING PICTURE CAM. THE OFFICIAL HD-TV ON FOX. IT’S AMAZING. IT’S THE MIRRORS. >> Charles: LAST TIME HE DIALED UP THE SAFETY BLITZ WITH HARRY COLEMAN, NUMBER 24. I EXPECT SOMETHING SIMILAR HERE. SOMEONE IS GOING TO GET AFTER THE QUARTERBACK. >> Thom: COMING AFTER BOECKMAN. THROWS TO HARTLINE.

GOOD ENOUGH FOR OHIO STATE FIRST DOWN. BOY, DO THE BUCKEYES NEED THAT. >> Charles: OVERLOAD BLITZ FROM THE BACKSIDE OF TODD BOECKMAN FROM THE BLINDSIDE. HE SHOWED POISESTAYING IN THE POCKET. HE STEPPED IN THE THROW ACCURATELY TO HARTLINE WHO MADE THE CATCH AND A KEY FIRST DOWN FOR OHIO STATE. >> Thom: BOECKMAN THREW THE FIRST TWO GAMES IN THE SEASON. THE FINAL TWO GAMES OF A YEAR, WITHOUT A TOUCHDOWN PASS PICKED OFF FOUR TIMES. >> Charles: THE GAME AT MICHIGAN WITH ABYSMAL WEATHER. A LITTLE PASS THERE. BUT ILLINOIS WAS NOT EFFECTIVE AT ALL. >> Thom: THE ROUTE FROM HARTLINE. TO THE 39 YARD LINE. FIRST DOWN GAIN OF FIVE FOR BRIAN HARTLINE, THE LANKY SOPHOMORE OUT OF NORTH CANTON, HIGH SCHOOL.

>> Charles: THE BIG TEN SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD, OHIO STATE HONOREE. EACH TEAM IN THE BIG TEN HAS HONOREE. HE HAS TOUGHNESS AND GRIT ABOUT HIM. HE GETS IT FROM HIS MOM, HE SAYS, WHO WAS A DRIVING FORCE BEHIND HIS CAREER. HAS A BROTHER PLAYING FOOTBALL AT THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY, A CORNER BACK. YOU THINK THEY DIDN’T TALK A LOT ABOUT S.E.C. VERSUS BIG TEN? SPEED VERSUS STRENGTH? WHO IS THE SUPERIOR CONFERENCE? >> Thom: BOECKMAN IN TROUBLE, DOWN HE GOES. THE BALL IS LOOSE. HIGH SCHOOL STATE, REHRING COVERED IT UP. THE CLOCK CONTINUES TO RUN. >> Charles: REMEMBER EARLIER WHEN THEY WERE ABLE TO SNEAK BRANDON SAINE IN THE BACKFIELD AND RAN A WHEEL ROUTE WITH HIM AND HAD A BIG PLAY? THIS TIME, THE ROUTE WAS TAKEN AWAY DOWNFIELD.

GREAT COVERAGE IN THE SECONDARY, MADE HIM HOLD THE FOOTBALL. HERE COMES JACKSON, NUMBER 93 WITH A BIG HIT AND KNOCKS THE BALL FREE. ANYTIME YOU HOLD THE BALL AGAINST L.S.U., USUALLY A COLLISION AT QUARTERBACK. >> Thom: THIRD DOWN AND 13. >> Charles: LOOK HOW THEY’RE BUNCHED UP IN THERE SHOWING THE BLITZ. >> Thom: SLANT TO HARTLINE, BUT NOWHERE NEAR FIRST DOWN YARDAGE. IT IS A CATCH OUT TO THE 37 YARD LINE, BUT OHIO STATE HAS TO PUNT IT AWAY.

>> Charles: RIGHT NOW BO PELINI, THE DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR FOR L.S.U. HAS NO BELIEF THAT HIGH SCHOOL STATE CAN STING HIM OUTSIDE WITH THEIR RECEIVERS. HE FEELS LIKE HIS CORNERS AND HIS SLOT COVERAGE GUY WILL LOCK UP ANYONE THAT OHIO STATE HAS. THUS, HE’S ABLE TO GET AFTER THE QUARTERBACK IN A BIG WAY SO. THAT TOLD YOU BO PELINI GREW UP IN YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO. PLAYED AT HIGH SCHOOL STATE FROM 1987-1990 AS A FREE SAFETY AND WAS A BUCKEYE TEAM CAPTAIN HIS SENIOR YEAR. THE FINAL TIME-OUT USED BY A. >> Thom: UNDER A MINUTE TO PLAY IN THE OPENING HALF. L.S.U. IN FRONT 24-10. OHIO STATE TO PUNT IT AWAY. A.J. TRAPASO WILL SEND JES BACK INSIDE THE 5 AND INTO THE END ZONE. 49 TICKS TO PLAYNTIL HALFTIME.

L.S.U. WILL GET IT BACK WITH NO TIME-OUTS REMAINING. OVER THE WEEKEND, WE TURN OUR ATTENTION TO THE NFL ON FOX. DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF ACTION. SATURDAY SEATTLE AT LAMBEAU FIELD. EASTERN/PACIFIC. THEN ON SUNDAY, THE GIANTS AND THE COWBOYS FROM BIG “D.” SUNDAY, EASTERN/PACIFIC. >> Charles: IT LOOKED LIKE A HECK OF A MATCH-UP, DOESN’T IT? REMATCH OF EARLIER THIS SEASON, WITH THE WAY THE GIANTS PLAYED THIS PAST INSULATION LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE HOPE THINKING THEY CAN REALLY CHALLENGE DALLAS IN THAT GAME. >> Thom: NOW WITH UNDER A MINUTE, NO MORE TIME-OUTS, DOES L.S.U. TRY TO GO DOWN THE FIELD AND TACK ON? >> Charles: THEY WANT TO SEE WHAT THEY GET ON THE FIRST PLAY. SINCE THEY DIDN’T GET MUCH, THERE I THINK THEY’LL GO AHEAAND TUCK IT IN AND TAKE IT TO THE HALF UP24-10 AND FEELING GOOD ABOUT HOW THEY PLAYED.

>> Thom: COMING UP ON THE SOUTHWEST HALFTIME SHOW, CHRIS, JIMMII, EDDIE GEORGE, URBAN MEYER RECAP THE FIRST HALF. WE HAVE THE ALUMNI KICKER CHALLENGE. AND WE HAVE THE SCHOOL BANDS. >> Charles: HEADING TO THE SECOND QUARTER, THE LINES OF L.S.U. STARTED TO TAKE CHARGE IN THE GAME. OFFENSE AND DEFENSE. THAT’S REALLY BEEN THE TALE. >> Thom: WHAT AMAZING TURN OF EVENTS AFTER THAT EARLY 10-NOTHING OHIO STATE LEAD. 24 UNANSWERED POINTS. AGAINST OHIO STATE’S NUMBER ONE RANKED DEFENSE. WE REACHED THE INTERMISSION OF THE ALLSTATE B.C.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. THE L.S.U. TIGERS IN FRONT >>> L.S.U. LEADS OHIO STATE 24-10. FIRST HALF ANALYSIS FROM JIMMY JOHNSON, URBAN MEYER AND EDDIE GEORGE IN A BIT. BUT FIRST, GIVE A LISTEN TO THE BEST DAMN BAND IN THE LAND FROM OHIO STATE! ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ >>> WHEN WE COME BACK, ONE OF THE TWO SCHOOLS WILL EARN A $100,000 SCHOLARSHIP FOR THEIR >>> THIS IS CHRIS ROSE.

L.S.U. LEADING OHIO STATE 24-10 IN THE ALLSTATE B.C.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. FIRST HALF ANALYSIS COMING UP IN A BIT, BUT FIRST, IT’S TIME FOR THE ALLSTATE ALUMNI KICKING CHALLENGE. FOR THAT, WE SEND IT DOWN TO THE FIELD AND CHRIS MYERS. >> Chris: THANK YOU, CHRIS. TO THOSE WATCHING ON FOX AND THOSE OF YOU LISTENING AND WATCHING HERE IN THE LOUISIANA SUPERDOME, IT’S THE ALLSTATE ALUMNI KICKER CHALLENGE. ALLSTATE WILL DONATE $100,000 TO THE GENERAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND OF EITHER OHIO STATE OR L.S.U. DEPENDING ON WHICH KICKER WHO ONCE WENT TO THE SCHOOL COMES THROUGH.

WE HAVE JOSH HOUSTON FROM OHIO STATE. WE HAVE DAVID BROWNDYKE, FORMER L.S.U. KICKER. IF YOU WANT TO CHEER THEM ON, YOU CAN. THE RULES ARE, OKAY, THREE KICKS EACH. THE TOTAL YARDS OF THE FIELD GOALS MADE. ALL RIGHT? $25,000 GOES TO THE RUNNER-UP. OHIO STATE WON THE TOSS. THAT MEANS JOSH HOUSTON WILL GET THE FIRST TRY AND OFFICIALLY THIS WILL BE A 43-YARD FIELD GOAL. >> Chris: AND OHIO STATE LEADS. NOW FOR L.S.U., DAVID BROWNDIKE ALSO FROM THE 43 YARD LINE.

IT’S A TIE. >> Chris: THAT IS NO GOOD. OFF TO THE RIGHT FOR DAVID. OHIO STATE WITH THE ADVANTAGE. TWO MORE KICKS. DAVID CAN STICK MAKE UP YARDAGE. A 40-YARD ATTEMPT HERE. AND IT IS NO GOOD! SO BROWNDYKE QUICKLY BACK IN IT. HE NEEDS 43-YARD TO TIE. THEY EACH HAVE ONE MORE KICK REMAINING. BROWNDYKE 43 YARDS TO TIE. AND THAT IS GOING TO BE JUST GOOD! SO WE ARE TIED. ONE KICK EACH. NO TIES ALLOWED. THE DISTANCE HERE IF IT IS GOOD, BROWNDIKE REPRESENTING LSU WILL HAVE TO KICK FURTHER. 45 FOR OHIO STATE AND JOSH HUSTON.

AND THE KICK IS GOOD. SO DAVID BROWNDKYE REPRESENTING L.S.U. IN THE ALLSTATE ALUMNI KICKER CHALLENGE WILL KICK FROM 46 YARDS. IF IT’S GOOD, $100,000 FOR L.S.U. IF NOT, IT GOES TO OHIO STATE. GOOD LUCK, DAVID. THE KICK SAILS AWAY! OHIO STATE AND JOSH HUSTON RECEIVE THE $100,000, THE GENERAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND. AND $25,000 GOES TO L.S.U. GENTLEMEN, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >> HAD A BLAST. >> THAT WAS FUN! >> HAD A GREAT TIME. ALLSTATE PUT ON A FIRST CLASS PRESENTATION. >> Chris: WE THANK A WE HAVE TH? I WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU DON’T LEAVE EMPTY-HANDED. $100,000 CHECK TO THE GENERAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND FOR OHIO STATE. THANK YOU FOR PLAYING ALONG. ENJOY THE SECOND HALF. JOSH HUSTON AND DAVID BROWNDKYE. FIRST HALF >>> CHRIS ROSE BACK WITH YOU HERE IN NEW ORLEANS, WHERE L.S.U. LEADS OHIO STATE 24-10 AT HALFTIME. TIME NOW FOR YOU TO LISTEN TO THE GOLDEN BAND FROM TIGER LAND! ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ >>> WELL, THIS SOUNDS GOOD TO L.S.U.

FANS. TIGERS 24, BUCKEYES 10 AT THE HALF. EDDIE GEORGE, ♪♪ ♪♪ >>> WELL, THE BUCKEYES STARTED WITH A 10-NOTHING LEAD. SINCE THEN, IT HAS BEEN ALL TIGERS. 24-10, YOUR HALFTIME SCORE HERE AT THE ALLSTATE B.C.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. WELCOME BACK TO THE SOUTHWEST AIRLINES HALFTIME SHOW. CHRIS ROSE, EDDIE GEORGE, URBAN MEYER, JIMMY JOHNSON. I THINK OHIO STATE FANS HAVE SEEN THIS STORY ONCE BEFORE. LET’S SHOW YOU THE FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS FROM HERE AT THE LOUISIANA SUPERDOME IN NEW ORLEANS. I STARTED OFF GREAT FOR EDDIE’S BUCKEYES, AS BEANIE WELLS ON THE FIRST DRIVE, 65 YARDS. LONGEST RUN IN B.C.S. CHAMPIONSHIP GAME HISTORY OF IT WAS 10-NOTHING. BUT THEN L.S.U. COMES BACK. MATT FLYNN, RICHARD DICKSON AND THEN A BLOCK OF A FIELD GOAL.

THAT WAS A HUGE MOMENTUM-SWINGER. L.S.U. TAKING ADVANTAGE. FLYNN HAD A SOLID FIRST HALF. BRANDON LaFELL THE SOPHOMORE FOR THE TOUCHDOWN. AND THEN TODD BOECKMAN. HAD A SHOT, BUT HE HAD IT PICKED OFF. CHEVIS JACKSON STRIDE-FOR-STRIDE. AND L.S.U., THE DEFENSE LEADS TODAY. JACOB HESTER JUST WOWING! THAT’S A UR SON ET GE PAM IS. 24-10. TH ISNFOR L.U. FAN B EVERY AT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. THAT’S BAD NEWS FOR YOUR BUCKEYES, EDDIE GEORGE, IF YOU’RE PAYING ATTENTION. JIMMY, WHAT IS L.S.U. DOING SO WELL IN THE FIRST HALF? >> THE BIG THING, CHRIS, BECAUSE OF THE LEVEL OF COMPETITION IN THE SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE, L.S.U. GOT DOWN 10-NOTHING, BUT THEY DIDN’T PANIC. THEY STAYED WITH THE GAME PLAN AND SCORED 24 UNANSWERED POINTS. WE ANTICIPATED OHIO STATE WOULD COME WITH THE PRESSURE. THEY DIDN’T DO LAST YEAR. THE MAN-TO-MAN COVERAGE, L.S.U. HANDLED IT WELL. THE LAST TOUCHDOWN PASS WAS AGAINST THE MAN-TO-MAN. >> L.S.U. IS CONTROLLING THE GAME. 8 OF 10 ON THIRD DOWNS AND HELD THE BALL FOR 17 MINUTES.

KEEP IT OUT OF WELLS’ HANDS. THEY’VE DONE A GOOD JOB OF DOING THAT. >> OHIO STATE MADE A COUPLE MISTAKES, PENALTIES AND A HUGE MOMENTUM SWING ON SPECIAL TEAMS. >> I WAS ON THE SIDELINE. ONCE THEY BLOCKED THE FIELD GOAL — >> THE FOURTH ONE THIS YEAR. >> YEAH. THAT’S WHERE THE MOMENTUM SHIFTED. YOU CAN FEEL THE ENERGY SUCKED OUT OF OHIO STATE SHORTLY THEREAFTER. THAT’S WHEN EVERYTHING STARTED TO COME APART FOR OHIO STATE.

>> RIGHT NOW IT’S 24-10. L.S.U. WITH THE LEAD OVER OHIO STATE. NOW CHRIS MYERS IS ON THE FIELD WITH TWO INTERESTED ALUMNI. CHRIS? >> THANKS, CHRIS. DOWN ON THE FIELD WITH FORMER L.S.U. TIGER NUMBER ONE PICK IN THE NFL DRAFT JaMARCUS RUSSELL AND HEISMAN TROPHY WINNER FORMER BUCKEYE TROY SMITH. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. FIRST, I’LL START WITH YOU. HOW ABOUT THE TIGERS IN THE FIRST HALF? >> IT’S BAN GOOD HALF. TRYING NOT TO CHANGE ANYTHING, AND KEEP DOING WHAT THEY’RE DOING. LIKE I SAID, I KNEW IT WOULD BE A FIGHT, BUT KEEP DOING WHAT YOU’RE DOING AND DON’T CHANGE ANYTHING. >> TROY, HAVING GONE THROUGH WHAT YOU WENT THROUGH LAST YEAR IN THIS GAME, HOW CAN THE BUCKEYES RESPOND? >> WE HAVE TO RUN THE BALL. I THINK WE DON’T NEED TO STRAY AWAY FROM, YOU KNOW, OUR DEFINITELY POSITIVE RUNNING BACK THAT WE’VE GOT GOING ON IN BEANIE WELLS.

WE’VE GOT TO STAY ON THE GROUND AND RUN IT. >> Chris: DO YOU THINK THERE’S A BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE SPEED IN THE S.E.C. AND THE BIG 10? >> WE SHOWED YOU THAT ON THE SECOND AND THIRD PLAY OF THE GAME. NO DIFFERENCE. YOU SEE THEM ON THE TOUCHDOWN RUN. >> HOW ABOUT THAT? BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE S.E.C. AND BIG TEN? >> A BIG DIFFERENCE. BUT A LOT OF PLAYERS THAT CAN PLAY IN BOTH. A LOT OF TALENTED, GIFTED GUYS IN THE WORLD.

THANKS TO GOD. >> Chris: L.S.U. WILL HOLD ON, DO YOU THINK? >> THEY SHOULD AND I THINK THEY WILL. >> Chris: OHIO STATE COMING BACK? >> YEAH, WE GOT TO KEEP WEARING. >> Chris: WHAT IS HE WEARING? WHAT IS THIS? >> IT REPRESENTS WHO HE IS. INCREDIBLE REPRESENTATION OF ALABAMA. >> Chris: ALL RIGHT. BACK TO YOU. >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. ONE OTHER COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTE. SIX DAYS AGO JUNE JONES WAS COACHING HAWAI’I IN THIS BUILDING AT THE ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL, BUT HE MUST HAVE LIKED THE MAINLAND BUT HE’S NOW JUMPING SHIP LEAVING THE WARRIORS FOR S.M.U..

HE GET $5 MILLION DEAL. GOOD WORK IF YOU FIND IT. LOOKING AHEAD TO THE SECOND HALF, WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN, JIMMY JOHNSON? >> L.S.U., DON’T GET CUTE. TOUGH CROWD AND THE ADVANTAGE. STICK TO YOUR GAME PLAN. OHIO STATE, YOU HAVE TO BE MORE OPEN OFFENSIVELY, BUT STAY AWAY WITH THE MAN TO MAN DEFENSELY. THEY’RE BURNING YOU ON THE MAN TO MAN.

>> THE FIRST DRIVE OF THE SECOND HALF IS CRITICAL. IF YOU GO UP BY THREE SCORES, IT’S A BIG MOMENTUM SHIFT. >> EDDIE, PUT ON THE JIM TRESSEL HAT. >> GET THROUGHOUT AND GET THREE AND OUT AND GET BEANIE WELLS BACK IN THE RUNNING GAME AND RECEIVERS HAVE TO COME OFF THE PRESS, THE L.S.U. DEFENSIVE BACKS AFFORDING YOU. >> YOU’RE ALLOWED TO SMILE. IT’S OKAY. >> DEJA VU! AM IN ARIZONA — THIS FEELS THE SAME WAY RIGHT NOW. >> URBAN, L.S.U. DON’T HAVE A GATOR TOP. WHAT DO THEY HAVE? WE HAVE TO MAKE EDDIE DO IT IF THEY LOSE. >> SOMETHING WITH A TIGER. >> MAKE HIM DO THE TIGER. >> WE HAVE A FEW L.S.U. FANS WHO COULD GIVE HIM SOMETHING TO DO. YOU BETTER GET BACK THERE AND HELP THEM OUT DO. YOU HAVE ANY ELIGIBILITY LEFT? >> NO. >> I DIDN’T THINK. SO IT’S TIME NOW FOR THE RESULT OF THE FedEx AIR AND GROUND POLL QUESTION. WHICH TEAM HAD THE STRONGEST AIR AND GROUND GAME THIS SEASON? ACCORDING TO YOU THE FAN, WEST VIRGINIA GETTING ALMOST 75% OF THE VOTE.

REMEMBER, FedEx, GO AIR, GO GROUND, GO FOOTBALL. I GUESS URBAN DIDN’T VOTE ENOUGH. HIS TEAM FINISHED SECOND IN THAT POLL. VERY INTERESTING. VERY, VERY INTERESTING. ALL RIGHT, GUYS. A LOT MORE COMING YOUR WAY FROM THE ALLSTATE B.C.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. ♪♪ ♪♪ >>> WELCOME BACK TO NEW ORLEANS. WELL, IT’S BEEN A SEASON OF UNDERDOGS AND UPSETS. FANS HAVE BEEN VOTING THIS ENTIRE YEAR. MANY OF YOU HAVE BEEN VOTING THIS ENTIRE YEAR FOR OUR PONTIAC GAME-CHANGING PERFORMANCE PLAY. THE WINNER, WE’RE SET TO ANNOUNCE IT. AND THUS, $100,000 TO THE GENERAL SCHOLARSHIP CONTRIBUTION FROM PONTIAC. LET’S NOW GO TO THE CAMPUSES OF OUR FOUR FINALISTS. AUBURN UNIVERSITY, APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY, TRINITY UNIVERSITY, AND THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA. NCAA FOOTBALL FANS CAST NEARLY 1 MILLION VOTES. AND THE WINNER IS — TRINITY UNIVERSITY! AND HERE IS THAT AMAZING 15 LATERAL PLAY THAT WON IT FOR THE TIGERS. >> 30, AT THE 35. RUNNING OUT OF SPACES. FAKED. LATERAL. >> GO, GO, GO! >> HE’S GOT A CHANCE TO GO.

HE LATERALS IN. NOW HE’S GOING TO MADDOX. MADDOX AT THE 30 YARD LINE. CURRY STILL GOING. >> NO WAY! >> CONGRATULATIONS, TRINITY, FOR ANOTHER UPSET OF THE SEASON. IT EARNED YOUR SCHOOL $100,000 GENERAL SCHOLARSHIP CONTRIBUTION FROM PONTIAC. WE’RE BACK WITH THE SECOND >>> SET FOR THE SECOND HALF TO BEGIN. L.S.U. IN FRONT IN THE ALLSTATE B.C.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. THOM BRENNEMAN WITH CHARLES DAVIS. WE KNOW ABOUT OHIO STATE, 0-8 AGAINST THE S.E.C. IN BOWL GAMES. WHAT DO THEY HAVE TO DO HERE TO CHANGE THAT NUMBER? >> NUMBER ONE, THEY HAVE TO SURVIVE THE FIRST POSSESSION ON DEFENSE. L.S.U. SCORED THE LAST 24 STRAIGHT. NUMBER TWO, THEY HAVE TO RE-ESTABLISH CONTROL OF THE OFFENSIVE LINE. THEY HAD IT EARLY. THEY WERE SPRINGING THEIR RUNNING BACK CHRIS WELLS. THAT SHIFTED IN THE SECOND QUARTER. “THE LAST KISS” HAD THE — L.S.U. HAD THE ADVANTAGE EVER SINCE.

>> Thom: WE TALKED ABOUT HOW THEY GOT AWAY FROM THE RUNNING GAME LAST YEAR AND WERE FORCED TO THROW. THEATORS GOT TROY SMITH EVERY SNAP AND THEY NEVER GOT BACK TO THE RUNNING GAME. >> Charles: THIS OHIO STATE TEAM IS NOT EQUIPPED TO THROW THE BALL ON EVERY DOWN IN THE SECOND HALF. THEY’RE NOT BUILT THAT WAY. WIDE RECEIVERS HAVE TO FIND A WAY TO MAKE THE PLAYS ON THE PERIMETER AND DEFEAT THE ONE-ON-ONE COVERAGE BO PELINI IS GOING TO SHOW THEM. >> Thom: L.S.U. TO GET THE FOOTBALL TO BEGIN THE SECOND HALF. OHIO STATE IF YOU’RE JUST JOINING US JUM THIS GAME 10-NOTHING. THEY HAVE GIVEN UP 24 POINTS SINCE, WITHOUT AN ANSWER. TRINDON HOLLIDAY WILL TAKE A KNEE. SEND IT TO CHRIS MYERS. >> Chris: I SPOKE WITH BOTH COACHES AT HALFTIME. A CALM JIM TRESSEL REMINDED HIS TEAM THAT WE GOT OUT TO THE LEAD, WE’RE CAPABLE, RUN THE FOOTBALL. DON’T PANIC. THAT WAS HIS MESSAGE TO THE BUCKEYES. LES MILES IS FIRED UP, HIGH-FIVING DORSEY ON THE WAY OUT OF THE TUNNEL SAY WEG EAR NOT GOING TO LAY BACK.

THEY’RA GOOD FOOTBALL TEAM. WE HAVE TO POUR IT ON. GO BACK UP TO THOM AND CHARLES. >> Thom: ALL RIGHT, CHRIS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THE L.S.U. OFFENSE COMES OUT ON TO THE FIELD. AND JIM TRESSEL URGING HIS DEFENSE FOR AN EARLY STOP. >> Charles: THEY NEED ONE DESPERATELY HERE. THE WAY L.S.U. TOOK CHARGE IN THE SECOND QUARTER, IF THEY GO THROUGH THE OHIO STATE DEFENSE AGAIN, THAT WOULD BE VERY, VERY DIFFICULT FOR OHIO STATE TO HANDLE. >> Thom: DOUCET SET IN MOTION. WILLIAMS. CUTS INSIDE. BIG GAINER ON FIRST DOWN OF NEARLY 10. >> Charles: COACHES TELL YOU THAT TIGHT ENDS IN YOU LINE-UP HAVE TO CONTROL THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE WITH THE BLOCKING AT THE POINT OF ATTACK. IF YOU WANT TO RUN THE FOOTBALL, KEITH ZINGER ON THAT PLAY DID EXACTLY. THAT HE SET THE CORNER AND ALLOWED KEILAND WILLIAMS TO CUT INSIDE FOR A FIRST DOWN.

>> Thom: ONE PLAY, ONE FIRST DOWN FOR L.S.U. NOW AN EMPTY BACKFIELD FOR FLYNN OUT OF THE SHOTGUN. GOOD PROTECTION. ACROSS THE MIDDLE. ONE-HANDED CATCH MADE BY BRANDON LaFELL. COVERAGE, AND THE TACKLE BY JAMES LAURINAITIS. >> Charles: ABOUT THAT CATCH BY LaFELL, KNOWN AS “DROP” IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SEASON. NOT TONIGHT. LOOK AT THE NUMBERS, THOM. OHIO STATE WITH THE BIG RUN FROM CHRIS WELLS. 65 YARDS. THEY LEAD THE RUSH YARDAGE. PASSING YARDAGE IS CLOSE. TOTAL YARDS FAVORS OHIO STATE. BULOOK AT TIME OF POSSESSION. L.S.U. HAD IT. AND THEY REALLY GOT AFTER THEM IN THE SECOND QUARTER. NOW RYAN PERRILLOUX BACK IN THE BALLGAME AT QUARTERBACK. REMEMBER, RUN GAME IS HIS STRONGEST ATTRIBUTE. >> Thom: HE PLAYED ONE PLAY IN THE FIRST HALF, AN OPTION. THIS TIME HE FAKES THE PITCH AND IS VERY CLOSE TO ANOTHER FIRST DOWN. COLEMAN CAME UP TO MAKE THE STOP AND BACK TO THE SIDELINE GOES PERRILLOUX, WHO GOT THE START THE S.E.C. CHAMPIONSHIP GAME AGAINST TENNESSEE FOR THE INJURED MATT FLYNN. A BIG NIGHT FOR PERRILLOUX. HIT ON 20 OF 30. 243 YARDS, AND A TOUCHDOWN. DEFENSE, THE DIFFERENCE. JONATHAN ZENON’S FOURTH QUARTER INTERCEPTION TAKEN INTO THE END ZONE.

PERRILLOUX VOTED THE M.V.P. OF THE GAME. 21-14, S.E.C. TITLE FOR LES MILES. THIRD AND A YARD. THEY’RE GOING TO GIVE IT TO TO HESTER. AND HE HAS A FIRST DOWN. THAT’S ALMOST LIKE MONEY IN THE BANK. >> Charles: THAT CARRY, THAT FORMATION, THAT SET-UP AND LOOK — WATCH L.S.U. LOOKED LIKE THEY’RE TRYING TO LINE UP QUICKLY FOR A QUICK SNAP HERE. GOT THE BUNCH FORMATION OUT WIDE AGAIN. FOUR IN THE BUNCH. THIS TIME, NO OFFENSIVE LINEMEN. THOSE ARE ALL RECEIVERS OR BACKS. >> Thom: RECEIVERS SCREENED EARLY. DOUCET. THAT’S A PICK-UP OF SEVEN. IF YOU’RE JIM HEACOCK, HOW ARE YOU KEEPING UP WITH THE OFFENSE? >> Charles: YOU’RE STRUGGLING, BECAUSE YOUR STRENGTH IS PLAYING ZONE. THEY LIKE TO HAVE THE SAFETIES INVOLVED IN RUN SUPPORT, PLAYING FORWARD. THE PROBLEM IS GARY CROWTON HAS SPREAD THEM OUT WITH A FOUR AND FIVE RECEIVER LOOK, WHICH ALMOST FORCES YOU OUT OF THE ZONE COVERAGE INTO MORE OF A MATCH-UP MAN-TO-MAN. VERY DIFFICULT THEN TO EXECUTE WHAT YOU’D LIKE TO DO ON DEFENSE. TAKING THEM OUT OF THEIR GAME PLAN. >> Thom: HOLLIDAY TAKES A PITCH.

FORCED BACK TO THE INSIDE. IT’S VERY CLOSE TO ANOTHER FIRST DOWN. >> Charles: TRINDON HOLLIDAY DOESN’T GET VERY MANY CARRIES, BUT WHEN HE’S ON THE FIELD — YOU SEE HIM NUMBER 8 DOTTING THE “I.” HESTER MOVES TO FULLBACK. FAKES ONE WAY. LOOK AT THE MOVE. VERNON GHOLSTON IS IN GREAT POSITION. BUT TRINDON HOLLIDAY IS QUICK, ALLOWS HIM TO ELUDE GHOLSTON AND GET INSIDE FOR YARDAGE. HOW ABOUT THIS? THREE LOST FUMBLES ALL YEAR LONG FOR L.S.U. AND THE RUNNING BACK, ONE. IT WAS TRINDON HOLLIDAY IN THE S.E.C. CHAMPIONSHIP GAME WHEN HE GOT HURT. AND THE FUNNY PART IS THE COACHES, LARRY PORTER, THAT COACH DOESN’T WANT TO CLAIM IT. HE SAYS, “HE’S MORE OF A RECEIVER.” >> Thom: RIGHT. >> Charles: THEN WE LOOK AND HE’S HAD MORE CARRIES THAN RECEPTIONS. ALL THE SAME, LES MILES LOVED TO HAVE TRINDON HOLLIDAY IN THE GAME. GIVES HIM A NICE CHANGE-UP. THIRD AND SHORT.

JIMMY JOHNSON TOLD US AT THE HALF? DON’T GET CUTE, L.S.U. KEEP EXECUTING YOUR GAME PLAN. THAT’S JACOB HESTER DOTTING THE “I” AND BARRELING STRAIGHT AT OHIO STATE. >> Thom: FLYNN FINDS A LITTLE CREASE AND IS INTO OHIO STATE TERRITORY. A FIRST DOWN. >> Charles: SECOND TIME WE’VE SEEN THAT FORMATION FROM L.S.U. WHERE MATT FLYNN DIVES IN AND TRIES TO FIND A CREASE.

JOSEPH BARKSDALE, THE BACKUP TACKLE COMES IN THE GAME IN THAT SITUATION. AN ADDITIONAL FULLBACK TO CREATE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE QUARTERBACK. NICE JOB BY FLYNN, SEEING WHERE THE HOLE WAS BEFORE HE JUMPED INTO IT. HOLLIDAY BACK UPFIELD, BACK AGAIN. >> Thom: AND THEY PITCH IT TO HIM. AND HE’S WIDE BY GRANT. BLOWN DOWN AFTER A GAIN OF WE’LL CALL IT TWO. >> Charles: THOM, LAST YEAR IN THIS BALLGAME, OHIO STATE OBVIOUSLY DID NOT HAVE MUCH SUCCESS DEFENSIVELY. BUT I THOUGHT VERNON GHOLSTON PLAYED THE BEST OVERALL GAME FOR THEM. TONIGHT, IT APPEARS TO BE LARRY GRANT CARRYING THE MANTLE FOR OHIO STATE, MAKING AS MANY PLAYS AS HE CAN AND SHOWING UP WHEN NECESSARY. HE’S OFF THE FIELD NOW, BUT MAKING NICE PLAYS FOR THE EVENING.

>> Thom: THE FOUR RECEIVER SET. HESTER, THE LONE BACK. FLYNN OUT OF THE SHOTGUN ON SECOND DOWN AND EIGHT. OPENING DRIVE OF THE SECOND HALF FOR L.S.U. UNDER PRESSURE. FLYNN THROWS IT AWAY. THE L.S.U. SIDELINE SCREAMING INTENTIONAL GROUNDING AND THEY’RE RIGHT. >> Charles: HE WAS NOT OUT OF THE TACKLE BOX. >> Referee: INTENTIONAL GROUNDING. 15 ON THE OFFENSE. PENALTY FROM THE SPOT OF THE FOUL. THIRD DOWN. >> Thom: MATT FLYNN HAS NOT MADE MANY MISTAKES BUT THAT’S A MISTAKE. >> Charles: WATCH THE PRESSURE FROM 50, VERNON GHOLSTON BOTTOM OF YOUR SCREEN. 50 IN RED. STEWART TRIES TOHIP HIM. HESTER TRIES TO PICK HIM UP. BUT THAT PRESSURE FORCED FLYNN TO UNLOAD THE BALL, AND FLYNN WAS NOT OUTSIDE THE TACKLE BOX. YOU KNOW, YOU HAVE THAT EXTENSION FROM TACKLE TO TACKLE. IF YOU’RE HE X, YOU CAN’T GROUND IT LEGALLY. IF YOU’RE OUTSIDE OF IT, IF IT’S BEYOND THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE YOU CAN GROUND IT LEGALLY WITH NO PENALTY. >> Thom: THAT’S THE FIRST PENALTY THROWN AGAINST L.S.U. TONIGHT. A TEAM WHICH HAD THE MOST PENALTIES IN THE SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE IN THE REGULAR SEASON.

NOW, L.S.U. IS GOING TO SPEND A TIME-OUT ON THIRD AND LONG. A BIG PLAY FOR OHIO STATE ON >> Thom: AERIAL COVERAGE BROUGHT TO YOU BY BUD LIGHT, ENDLESS REFRESH FIRE DEPARTMENT START TO FINISH. BUD LIGHT, KEEPS IT COMING. ♪♪ ♪♪ >> Thom: TAKE A LOOK AT OUR IMPACT PLAYERS OF THE GAME BROUGHT TO YOU BY TACO BELL. MATT FLYNN, NEARLY PERFECT. TWO TOUCHDOWNS WITHOUT A TURNOVER. CHRIS WELLS, ONLY NINE CARRIES. 119 YARDS. ONE OF THEM A 65-YARD TOUCHDOWN RUN.

BUT HE WATCHES AS HIS DEFENSE NEEDS TO MAKE A PLAY. THIRD AND 23. FLYNN ROLLS. AND JUST THROWS IT RIGHT INTO THE GROUND UNDER HEAVY PRESSURE FROM MARCUS FREEMAN. SO, AFTER A COUPLE OF FIRST DOWNS TO BEGIN THIS DRIVE, OHIO STATE WITH A STOP. >> Charles: I LIKE WHAT JIM HAECOCK DID ON THE LAST PLAY. TWO DEEP ZONE, FIVE UNDER, RUSHED FOUR AND USED MARCUS FREEMAN, NUMBER 1, AS A SPY ON FLYNN TO MAKE SURE HE DIDN’T JUST DART UP INTO THE MIDDLE AND TRY TO GAIN YARDAGE. AT THE END OF THE PLAY, FREEMAN CAME UP TO FORCE THE INCOMPLETION. THAT WAS BIG. >> Thom: THE PUNT FROM HIS OWN 25. AND RAY SMALL AS IT WAS NEARLY BLOCKED. A FLAG COMES DOWN. THIS WILL BE ROUGHING THE KICKER. PERSONAL FOUL, THE FOURTH OF THE GAME AGAINST OHIO STATE. >> Referee: AUTOMATIC FIRST DOWN. >> Thom: THAT’S AN AUTOMATIC FIRST DOWN. WOW! >> Charles: IN A SENSE, THE SURPRISE WOULD BE RUSHING HIM HERE, BECAUSE YOU JUST WANT FOOTBALL AT THIS STAGE.

THE SECOND THING IS HOW DID HE MISS THE FOOTBALL? WHEN HE WENT TO BLOCK IT. YOU’RE TAUGHT TO GO IN FRONT OF THE PUNTER AT AN ANGLE SO YOU GET BALL. IF YOU MISS BALL, YOU MISS THE PUNTER. INSTEAD NUMBER 38 IS STRAIGHT AHEAD ON THE PUNTER. IF HE MISSED HIM, HE WAS TAKING OUT THE PUNTER. THE RESULT, FIRST DOWN L.S.U. AND THE DRIVE THAT APPEARED TO BE STOPPED NOW IS RESTARTED. >> Thom: NOW THE DEFENSE RIGHT BACK ON THE FIELD AFTER THINKING IT HAD DONE ITS JOB. A GAIN OF ONE ON THE PITCH TO HESTER NOW. FLAGS COME IN. AS THERE IS SOME JAWING GOING ON.

>> Charles: THAT’S GOING AGAINST CAMERON HEYWARD NUMBER 97. HE GOT INTO IT ON THE END OF THE PLAY AND PICKED UP ANOTHER PERSONAL FOUL. OHIO STATE NEED SOMETHING TO HAPPEN. BUT NOW THEY HAVE TO FIGHT A BAD PLAY. DEFENSE IS FRUSTRATED GOES ON THE FIELD AND PICKS UP ANOTHER PERSONAL FOUL. >> Thom: YOU MAY REMEMBER, WHEN L.S.U. WENT DOWN THE FIELD ON ITS DRIVE TO SCORE FOR THE FIRST TIME ON A FIELD GOAL, THEY WERE AIDED BY A PAIR OF PERSONAL FOULS. >> Charles: YOU MENTIONED ALREADY, THOM, THE MOST PENALIZED TEAM COMING INTO THIS GAME WAS L.S.U. BUT ALSO, LET’S REMEMBER LAST YEAR FLORIDA WAS EITHER NUMBER ONE OR NUMBER TWO IN THE NCAA IN TERMS OF MOST PENALTIES LAST YEAR AND STILL WON A CHAMPIONSHIP. PISTOL FORMATION AGAIN.

>> Thom: SLIPS ONE TACKLE. BREAKS ANOTHER. DEEP DOWN TO THE 40 YARD LINE. FOR MORE ON JACOB HESTER, SEND IT DOWNSTAIRS TO CHRIS MYERS. >> Chris: JACOB HESTER, LOUISIANA NATIVE, PLAYING THE 11TH TIME IN THE SUPERDOME THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL. HE’S KNOWN DAVID BOUTIE SINCE THE SIXTH GRADE AND LISTENS TO ELVIS BEFORE EVERY GAME. IT’S “IF I CAN DREAM.” HE IS RELATED TO TERRY BRADSHAW. HE TOLD ME IT WAS UNCLE DUCK, THOUGH BRADSHAW DOESN’T WANT TO ADMIT IT.

>> Thom: BREAKING DEFENDERS INSIDE THE FIVE, DOWN TO THE FOUR. >> Charles: THEY JUST KEEP COMING AT YOU IN WAVES. YOU THINK YOU’VE GOT ONE GUY DIALED UP. HERE COMES CHARLES SCOTT. THE THIRD TAILBACK. WATCH 32 TO YOUR RIGHT. A DELAY ROUTE INSIDE. SNEAKS BACK INSIDE AND GETS THE OFFENSIVE LINEMAN TO GIVE HIM A CREASE DOWNFIELD. ANOTHER TERRIFIC STIFF ARM AS HE SLIPS AWAY FROM MALCOLM JENKINS NUMBER TWO, ONE OF THE BETTER TACKLING CORNER BACKS IN THE COUNTRY TO GAIN THE ADDITIONAL YARDAGE. >> Thom: FIRST AND GOAL, L.S.U. >> Charles: RIGHT NOW, GARY CROWTON COULD PICK A GUY AND THAT GUY IS GOING TO MAKE A PLAY FOR HIM. >> Thom: THE PLAY FAKED ONE WAY. FLYNN ROLLS. DUMPS IT OFF TO EARLY DOUCET.

HE’S STILL ON HIS FEET! AND DANCES INTO THE END ZONE! MISSED TACKLES BY ANDERSON RUSSELL AND DONALD WASHINGTON. WHAT A DEVASTATING BLOW! AFTER YOU HAD THEM STOPPED, A ROUGHING THE KICKER GAVE THEM AN AUTOMATIC FIRST DOWN, AND TAP IT OFF WITH A TOUCHDOWN. >> Charles: ADD A LITTLE LACK OF POISE. CAMERON HEYWARD THE FRESHMAN PICKS UP A PERSONAL FOUL.

A LITTLE SPIRIT IS LEAVING THIS OHIO STATE TEAM. THIS IS A TEAM WE SAW DURING THE SEASON DIDN’T MISS VERY MANY TACKLES. ESPECIALLY ONES NOT LIKE THAT. THEY PRIDED THEMSELVES ON BEING GOOD TACKLERS. ON THAT PLAY, IT CERTAINLY DID NOT APPEAR TO BE SO. EARLY DOUCET WITH A BIG MOVE AND A TOUCHDO >>> THE ALLSTATE B.C.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IS SPONSORED BY — >> Thom: GREAT PICTURES PROVIDED BY THE DLP AMAZING PICTURE CAM. DLP IS THE OFFICIAL HD-TV OF THE B.C.S. ON FOX. IT’S AMAZING; IT’S THE MIRRORS. HERE IS A LOOK FROM THE DLP CAM ON THE TOUCHDOWN. >> Charles: I THOUGHT FOR A WHILE THAT MATT FLYNN SHOULD HAVE JUST APPROACHED THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE, THAT THROWING TO EARLY DOUCET HE’D BE TACKLED ON THE SPOT. BUT HE MADE HOLGROM MISS AND SLIPPED THROUGH WASHINGTON AND ALSO NUMBER 21 MALCOLM JENKINS.

>> Thom: TO PLAY IN THE THIRD QUARTER. L.S.U. IN SEARCH OF ITS THIRD NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. 1958, AND THEN HERE IN THIS BUILDING IN 2003 UNDER THEN HEAD COACH NICK SABLE. RAY SMALL FROM THE 13. A GOOD KICK-OFF TONIGHT ALL NIGHT TONIGHT FOR L.S.U. AFTER WHAT LOOKED TO BE A STOP, L.S.U. FORCED TO PUNT. A ROUGHING THE KICKER. AND A PERSONAL FOUL AGAINST AUSTIN SPITLER. >> Charles: AND THEN CAMERON HEYWARD.

>> Thom: GETTING LOCKED UP WITH THE TIGHT END KEITH ZINGER AND CAPPED OFF WITH A TOUCHDOWN TO EARLY DOUCET. >> Charles: HE MADE THREE BUCKEYES MISS TO GET IN THE END ZONE. >> Thom: 31-10. CHRIS WELLS WILL CARRY IT OUT TO THE 32 YARD. HARRY COLEMAN IS STILL IN THE GAME FOR L.S.U., THE FIRST-TEAM ALL-AMERICAN FINALIST STRONG SAFETY. CRAIG STELTZ HAD TO LEAVE THE GAME IN THE OPENING HALF. >> Charles: HOW DISAPPOINTING IS THAT FOR THAT YOUNG MAN? HE WATCHED HIS BROTHER KEVIN START AT FULLBACK, A FORMER WALK-ON FOR L.S.U.

WHEN THEY WON THE NATIONAL TITLE OVER OKLAHOMA IN JANUARY OF 2004. HE WANTED TO BE ON THE FIELD FULL-TIME TO TRY AND EARN HIS OWN. >> Thom: WELLS IN MOTION. BOECKMAN TO THROWN SECOND DOWN. AND WIDE OPEN FIELD IN FRONT OF HIM. TO THE 35, THE 40. 45. MIDFIELD. AND STEPS OUT OF BOUNDS ON THE L.S.U. YARD LINE. >> Charles: WATCHED OHIO STATE THE OTHER DAY IN PRACTICE. HE SAID THAT HIS LINE IS FASTER THAN TROY SMITH. A NICE RUN BY TODD BOECKMAN. >> Thom: LET’S GO DOWNSTAIRS TO CHRIS MYERS. >> Chris: CRAIG STELTZ IS STILL IN THE LOCKER ROOM, A RIGHT STRAINED SHOULDER. THEY’RE ICING IT. HE’S JUST COME OUT TO THE SIDELINE AND HE WANTS TO GET BACK IN THE GAME. LES MILES SAID, “IF HE’S FEELING RIGHT ON THAT RIGHT SIDE I’LL PUT HIM IN, BUT DON’T COUNT ON IT.” >> Thom: AND HE RUNS RIGHT INTO RICKY JEAN-FRANCOIS. JEAN-FRANCOIS DID NOT PLAY THE ENTIRE REGULAR SEASON UNDER A SUSPENSION AND CAME BACK TO PLAY HIS FIRST GAME IN THE S.E.C.

CHAMPIONSHIP. THERE YOU LOOK AT STELTZ. TRYING TO GET THE FEELING BACK. >> Charles: SEE HOW HE’S GRIPPING HIS HANDS TOGETHER? THAT’S HOW YOU TELL IF YOU’VE GOTTEN THE FEELING. CAN YOU GRIP THE OTHER HAND? CAN THE HAND ON THE SIDE THAT’S NUMB CAN GRIP. AND THE TRAINER TO OUR RIGHT STANDING NEXT TO HIM. UNTIL HE CAN PASS THAT TEST, HE PROBABLY WILL NOT GET IN THE FOOTBALL GAME. L.S.U. STAYING IN FACE DEFENSE KNOWING OHIO STATE LO L TRY TO RUN. >> Thom: A CATCH AND GAIN OF TWO. MAKING THE STOP IS JONATHAN ZENON. BOECKMAN IS HIT ON SEVEN OF 14 FOR 114 YARDS. WITHOUT A TOUCHDOWN.

ONE INTERCEPTION. WHICH L.S.U. TURNED INTO A TOUCHDOWN. >> Charles: AND NOW IT COMES UP AGAIN FOR OHIO STATE. CAN THEIR WIDE RECEIVERS WIN THE BATTLE ON THE PERIMETER TO ALLOW THEM TO PICK UP A THIRD AND LONG? CHANCES ARE, WE’LL SEE BO PELINI APPLY PRESSURE ON THIS SNAP. >> Thom: WELLS SLIPPED FORWARD. AND BOECKMAN HAS BEAT HIM. BOY, HE HAD TWO WIDE-OPEN RECEIVERS. AND DID NOT SEE EITHER ONE OF THEM. >> Charles: THAT’S WHAT THE PRESSURE DOES FOR YOU. BECAUSE NOW INSTEAD OF BOECKMAN FOCUSSING DOWNFIELD AND FINDING RECEIVERS, HE’S FEELING PRESSURE. ARE HIS EYES DOWNFIELD TO FIND THE RECEIVER? THEY’RE RUNNING MAN FOR MAN WITH HIM. L.S.U. FIELDS AGAIN. THEY CAN’T BEAT US DOWNFIELD. I’M LOCKED UP. COACH, NO PROBLEM! GO GET ‘EM UP FRONT, GUY. THAT’S WHAT IS HAPPENING. >> Thom: EARLY DOUCET HAS DROPPED BACK TO HIS OWN 10. A.J. TRAPASO TO PUNT IT AWAY FOR OHIO STATE. GOOD PUNT BY TRAPASSO AND THEY’LL SPOT IT AT THE 11 YARD LINE. THE BAYOU BENGALS LEADING 31-10. ♪♪ >> Thom: THE AT&T ALL-AMERICA PLAYER OF THE YEAR IS MICHAEL CRABTREE OF TEXAS TECH. ON BEHALF OF AT&T, WE’D LIKE TO CON GARAGE LAME HIM ON AN OUTSTANDING SEASON AND THANK ALL THE FOOTBALL FANS WHO VOTED.

THE AT&T ALL-AMERICA PLAYER OF THE YEAR IS DETERMINED BY YOU THE FANS. TO PLAY IN THE THIRD QUARTER. L.S.U. IN FRONT IN THE ALLSTATE B.C.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. 31-10. THE TIGERS’ DRIVE BEGINS AT THE 10. AND A MISREAD THERE BETWEEN FLYNN AND DEMETRIUS BYRD. THAT’S ONE OF THE FEW THINGS THAT HAS NOT GONE WELL FOR L.S.U. ON OFFENSE TONIGHT. >> Charles: ONE OF THE FOR FEW. AND A.J. TRAPASO, THE PUNTER FOR OHIO STATE CHANGED FIELD POSITION FINALLY FOR THE BUCKEYES MAKING L.S.U.

GO LONG FIELD. NOW ON FIRST DOWN WITH A MISCUE, YOU BRING UP SECOND AND LONG. FINALLY OHIO STATE HAS THE CHAINS IN THEIR FAVOR WITH JIM HEACOCK THE DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR. THEY NEED A TURNOVER OR A BIG PLAY TO ENERGIZE THE BUCKEYE TEAM. >> Thom: COULD HAVE BEEN THAT PLAY. >> Charles: THAT WAS HUGE. >> Thom: WOULD HAVE, COULD HAVE, SHOULD HAVE. AND ON THE 15. THEY’LL SPOT IT AT THE 16. IT WILL BE THIRD DOWN AND WE’LL CALL IT FIVE. >> Charles: SEE, THEY HAVE IT SECOND AND LONG.

NOW IT’S A MANAGEABLE THIRD DOWN. THE POWER RUN GAME. SHAWN JORDAN NUMBER 40 LEADING JACOB HESTER NUMBER 18. THEY LOCK UP BIG HERMAN JOHNSON NUMBER 79. MOVES HIS MAN JUST ENOUGH TO ALLOW HESTER TO FOLLOW JORDAN INTO THE HOLE. >> Thom: FOUR RECEIVER SET. SLANT TO THE POST END. DICKSON TO THE 28 YARD LINE. >> Charles: GARY CROWTON AGAIN SPREADS OUT OHIO STATE AND FORCES JAMES LAURINAITIS THE ALL-AMERICAN LINEBACKER NOW TO COVER THE TIGHT END.

RICHARD DICKSON AND DICKSON BEATS HIM INSIDE ON A SLANT FOR ANOTHER FIRST DOWN. THE SPREADING OF THE FORMATION MAKES GUYS WHO ORDINARILY AREN’T COVER GUYS HAVE TO BECOME COVER GUYS. OBVIOUSLY, YOU’RE NOT PLAYING TO YOUR STRENGTHS WHEN THAT’S HAPPENING. >> Thom: CONTINUING THE RUN, ANOTHER FIRST DOWN. THEY HAND IT TO HESTER WHO BREAKS A COUPLE OF TACKLES. AND HE PICKS UP TWO. SECOND DOWN AND EIGHT FOR L.S.U. CLOCK NOW UNDER IN THE THIRD GO. BACK TO THE TOUCHDOWN EARLIER FROM THE FOX JUMPER SCOPE. >> Charles: THIS IS THE SECOND QUARTER, THE SECOND TOUCHDOWN PASS OF THE GAME FOR FLYNN. YOU HAVE THE TWO OUTSIDE RECEIVERS RUN INSIDE. THAT’S MITCHELL NUMBER 86 AND MURFPHY 26. THEN BEHIND IT IS LaFELL RUNNING AN OUT-ROUTE OVER THE TOP OF NUMBER TWO MALCOLM JENKINS. IT LOOKED LIKE A ZONE BLITZ. JENKINS JUST GOT BEAT TO THE CORNER. AND BEAUTIFUL THROW BY FLYNN, ROLLING TO HIS LEFT AND THROWING AGAINST HIS BODY WITH THE TOUCH. >> Thom: FLYNN HAS BEEN WAITING AND WAITING AND WAITING. >> Charles: AND WAITING. >> Thom: FOR THIS NIGHT TO PLAY.

AND AN INTERCEPTION BY MALCOLM JENKINS! AND HE’S INTO THE END ZONE. TOUCHDOWN — NO, THEY’RE SAYING HE STEPPED OUT OF BOUNDS AT THE 11 YARD LINE. YOU SAID IT, CHARLES. THEY HAD TO HAVE A PLAY TO GET BACK INTO THIS THING. THAT’S A PLAY! >> Charles: WHAT THAT DO IS IT ENERGIZES THE FAN BASE FOR OHIO STATE AND BRINGS THE BENCH BACK IN THE BALLGAME. L.S.U. LOOKS LIKE THEY’RE ABOUT TO APPLY A CRUSHER UP 31-10, CONTROLLING THE FOOTBALL. INSTEAD, THEY’RE HANDING HOPE BACK TO OHIO STATE. FLYNN IN THE SHOTGUN THROWS THE ROUTE. HIS RECEIVER BREAKS INSIDE. HE THROWS IT TO THE OUTSIDE.

A MISCOMMUNICATION AND A GREAT PICK BY MALCOLM JENKINS. COMING RIGHT AT YOU NOW. SEE WHERE THE ROUTE WAS THROWN? THAT WAS TERRANCE TOLIVER THE FRESHMAN BREAKING INSIDE. FLYNN THINKS HE’S SUPPOSED TO BE OUTSIDE. >> Thom: THOUGHT HE WAS IN THE END ZONE, BUT HE STEPPED OUT OF BOUNDS. AT THE 11. OHIO STATE TRYING TO GET BACK IN IT. >> Charles: THEY HAVE TO FORCE SIX ON THIS POSSESSION. >> Thom: AND DOWN TO THE SIX YARD LINE.

LET’S SEE IF HE SPPED OUT. Charles: RIGHT THERE. >> Thom: GOOD CALL. >> Charles: RIGHT THERE. EXCELLENT CALL. YOU SEE THE OFFICIAL RIGHT ON THE SPOT EYEBALLING IT ON THE SIDELINE? TERRIFIC HUSTLE BY THE OFFICIATING CREW. RIGHT ON TOP OF THE PLAY. >> Thom: TO PLAY IN THE THIRD QUARTER. OHIO STATE DOWN BY 21. BUT INSIDE THE L.S.U. TEN. >> Charles: A FIELD GOAL HERE IS A WIN FOR L.S.U. IT HAS TO BE SIX FOR THE BUCKEYES. >> Thom: AGAIN, THEY’LL TURN AND HAND IT TO CHRIS WELLS. AND HE INSIDE THE 5. AND DEPENDING ON THE SPOT, IT MIGHT BE ENOUGH FOR A FIRST DOWN. HE NEEDED TO GET TO THE 1. HE’S VERY CLOSE TO THAT. MIGHT BE ABOUT FOUR INC RT >> Charles: THE LEFT SIDE OF THE NE ALEX BOONE. IT LOOK LIKE THEY BROUGHT 74 KIRK BARTON OVER TO PLAY GUARD ON THAT PLAY. LOOK AT THE HOLE THEY CHOPPED. BEANIE WELLS GETTING HELP FROM BEN PERSON, NUMBER 63. >> Thom: THIRD AND LESS THAN A YARD. WELLS, ONE MORE TIME. HE’S DENIED. INTO THE BACKFIELD. RICKY JEAN-FRANCOIS.

AND NOW JIM TRESSEL ON FOURTH DOWN. >> Charles: BIG DECISION. MY THOUGHT PROCESS WAS FOURTH AND SHORT. YOU GO FOR IT. BUT NOW AT FOURTH AND FIVE, I’M WONDERING IF YOU GET TO THREE AND GET SOMETHING POSITIVE OUT OF IT. I THOUGHT ANYTHING LESS WOULD BE A WIN AGAINST — WOULD BE A WIN. TRESSEL IS FULLY COMMITTED TO GOING FOR IT HERE. MY THOUGHT PROCESS, THOM, IT WOULD BE FOURTH AND SHORT.

NOT FOURTH AND FIVE. >> Thom: FROM THE 5 YARD LINE. FOR OHIO STATE. A MUST CONVERSION. THEY CAN GET A FIRST DOWN. BOECKMAN THROWS. AND IT’S A TOUCHDOWN TO BRIAN RODISKI. TO MAKE AT IT TWO TOUCHDOWN SPREAD. >> Charles: THAT’S A BIG LEAGUE PICK-UP. I’LL BE FRANK. I DIDN’T THINK AT FOURTH AND FIVE THEY’D GET THE BALL IN THE END ZONE AGAINST THE L.S.U. DEFENSE. BIG PICK-UP FOR THE OHIO STATE BUCKEYES. >> Thom: SO NOW RYAN PRETORIUS FOR THE POINT AFTER. AND IT’S GOOD. SO SOME LIGHT PUMPED BACK INTO THE NUMBER ONE RANKED OHIO STATE BUCKEYES TEAM. THE INTERCEPTION BY JENKINS TAPPED OFF A TOUCHDOWN PASS. WHAT A CATCH BYROBI >> Thom: TODD BOECKMAN THE TOUCHDOWN THROW ON FOURTH DOWN. AND FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME HOPE ON THEIR SIDELINE. >> Charles: THEY DID THERE. >> Thom: PUTS A FOOT ON IT. CHASING HOLLIDAY BACK TO THE GOALLINE. AND THE FASTEST MAN IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL ACROSS THE 20. WRAPPED UP AT THE 28 YARD LINE. TWO NATIONAL TITLES IN THE HISTORY OF L.S.U.

FOOTBALL. GO BACK TO1958 SEASON. ’59 SUGAR BOWL. LED AN UNDEFEATED TIGERS TEAM TO NEW ORLEANS. CANNON, A NINE-YARD TOUCHDOWN PASS TO MANGUM FOR THE ONLY SCORE OF THE GAME. L.S.U. DEFENSE SHUT THEM OUT. 7-NOTHING, THE FINAL. >> Charles: THE MOST FAMOUS PLAY THAT YEAR FOR L.S.U. WAS CANNON’S RUN ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT AGAINST OLE MISS. THE PUNT RETURN FOR THE TOUCHDOWN THAT PUT THEM IN THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. >> Thom: YOU DON’T MISS A BEAT! >> Charles: PAUL DIETZEL, THE HEAD COACH. WE COULD TALK ABOUT HIM ALL NIGHT AND THE IMPACT AT L.S.U. >> Thom: FLYNN WILL RUN IT ON FIRST DOWN. HE’S HAMPERED BY THE COMBINATION OF FREEMAN AND JENKINS. >> Charles: FEEL THE MOMENTUM? IT HASN’T SHIFTED, NOT TOTALLY. BUT OHIO STATE HAS A GOOD SENSE ABOUT ITSELF RIGHT NOW.

A FEELING AS YOU MENTIONED, THOM, THEY’RE BACK IN IT. THAT THEY HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY. A BIG PLAY EARLY. MATT FLYNN HAMMERED AGAIN TO THE GROUND. NOW THEY’RE AHEAD IN THE CHAINS. ONCE AGAIN, JIM HEACOCK THE DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR HAS TO LIKE THIS SECOND AND TEN. THREE WIDE RCEIVERS OFF TO THE LEFT. OHIO STATE SHOWING BLITZ. THEY HAND IT OFF TO DOUCET. AND HE’S STOPPED SHY OF THE 35. THIRD DOWN AND SIX COMING UP. AND GRANTED, WE HAVE AN ENTIRE QUARTER LEFT. BUT YOU TALKED ABOUT TEETERING ON THE BRINK OF A BIG MOMENTUM SWING. IT WOULD TEETER A LITTLE MORE IN FAVOR OF OHIO STATE WITH A THIRD DOWN STOP HERE. >> Charles: IF THEY STOPPED THEM HERE AND FORCED THE PUNT, THERE WOULD BE NO PUNT BLOCK ON BY OHIO STATE. THEY WILL WANT THE FOOTBALL AND NOTHING MORE. >> Thom: THAT WILL BE THE FINAL PLAY OF THE THIRD QUARTER. OHIO STATE JUMPED IN FRONT 10-NOTHING, FELL BEHIND 31-10. COMES UP WITH AN INTERCEPTION AND A TOUCHDOWN. THE ALLSTATE B.C.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME CONTINUES AFTER THESE MESSAGES FROM YOUR LOCAL FOX STATION. >>> THE FOX SPORTS CREW TRAVELS TO THE B.C.S.

BOWL GAMES POWERED BY NET JETS WITH THE MARQUIS JET CARD. THIRD DOWN, CALL IT SEVEN. L.S.U. WITH THE FOOTBALL AT THEIR OWN 33. OHIO STATE HAS CLOSED WITHIN 14, BUT THEY LOOK FOR ANOTHER STOP ON DEFENSE. >> Charles: THIS IS WHERE THEY’VE BEEN MOST EFFECTIVE THROWING THE BALL. FIVE WIDE RECEIVERS. WITH THE PASS RUSH, BECAUSE YOU’RE ONLY RUSHING FOUR AGAINST FIVE BLOCKERS. >> Thom: FLYNN WITH TIME. HE’LL HAVE TO EAT IT. DENIED THE FIRST DOWN. REALLY, YOU THINK ABOUT IT. WERE IT NOT FOR THE ROUGHING THE KICKER, THAT IS NOW THREE STRAIGHT DEFENSIVE STOPS AGAINST THE L.S.U. OFFENSE IN THIS SECOND HALF. THE ROUGHING THE KICKER GAVE THEM AUTOMATIC FIRST DOWN, ULTIMATELY LEADING TO THE L.S.U.

SCORE. >> Charles: EXCELLENT POINT. WHAT JIM HEACOCK HAS DONE IN THE SECOND HALF, WITH HIS COVERAGE, RUSHED THE FOUR AGAINST THE FIVE WIDE RECEIVER SET, BUT ABLE TO GET UP UNDERNEATH THE RECEIVERS QUICKER WITH THE TWO SAFETIES OVER THE TOP. MADE MATT FLYNN EAT THE FOOTBALL AND FORCED ANOTHER PUNT. I’M SURE A RETURN IS ON NOW FOR OHIO STATE, NOT A BLOCK. >> Thom: WHAT A PUNT BY FISHER. HE’S HAD A GREAT NIGHT. AND THAT ONE IS INTO THE END ZONE. OHIO STATEILL GET IT AT THE 20. SECOND 60-YARD PUNT OF THE GAME. THE BUCKEYES WITH A FOURTH QUARTER TO PLAY, HANGING IN THERE. ARE YOU IN GOOD HANDS? >>> THE ALLSTATE B.C.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ON FOX IS SPONSORED BY — >> Thom: OHIO STATE WITH THE FOOTBALL.

TO PLAY IN THE ALLSTATE B.C.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. L.S.U. IN FRONT BY TWO TOUCHDOWNS. >> Charles: WE TALKED ABOUT HOW IMPORTANT IS IT FOR OHIO STATE TO ESTABLISH A RHYTHM ON OFFENSE. L.S.U., EQUALLY IMPORTANT FOR THEM ONDEFENSE. THEIR TEAM FOLLOWS THEIR LEAD ON HOW THE DEFENSE PLAYS. >> Thom: LET’S SEND IT DOWNSTAIRS TO CHRIS MYERS. >> Chris: ON THE BUCKEYE SIDELINE, THE HEADS OF THE OHIO STATE PLAYERS THAT WERE DOWN ON THE BENCH, MUCH MORE ATTENTIVE AFTER THE LAST TOUCHDOWN AND DEFENSIVE SERIES. THE BUCKEYES CROWD WANTING THEM TO MAKE NOISE, BUT L.S.U.’S OFFENSE WAS ON THE FIELD AND LEADING THE CHARGE IN BETWEEN CHECKING OFFENSIVE PLAYS WAS TODD BOECKMAN. >> Thom: TRYING TO LEAD THE CHARGE OFFENSIVELY AND GET THEM BACK IN THIS. HE DELIVERS A STRIKE OVER THE MIDDLE TO BRIAN HARTLINE. AT THE FIRST DOWN, OUT TO THE 40 YARD LINE. A GAIN OF 17. THE CLOCK STOPS AS THEY RESET THE CHAINS. TO GO. >> Charles: WELL DONE. WELL PROTECTED. WELL THROWN. NICE ROUTE. AND HARTLINE GOT THE MATCH-UP HE WOULD LIKE.

A STARTING WIDE RECEIVER AGAINST THE FREEAFETY IN MAN-TO-MAN COVERAGE. HE BEAT HIM INSIDE AND PICKED UP THE FIRST DOWN. >> Thom: TO WELLS. HE SLIPS TO THE OUTSIDE. DANCES OVER ONE TACKLER. AND TEN-YARD PICK-UP FOR WELLS. >> Charles: THE GREAT THING ABOUT THE GREAT RUNNING BACKS HAVE GREAT VISION. THEIR EYES CARRY THEIR FEET TO THE HOLE. AND CHRIS WELLS LOVES TO CUT-BACK RUN. HE SAW THE HOLE ON THE BACKSIDE. HE DANCED INTO IT.

AND PICKED UP A FIRST DOWN FOR THE BUCKEYES. THOSE THINGS ARE DESIGNED THAT WAY, TOO. MANY TIMES THEY’RE BLOCKED. GETS YOU MOVING ONE WAY, WALL YOU OFF ON THE BACKSIDE FOR THE BACK TO FOLLOW. >> Thom: IT IS A FIRST DOWN RUN. A GAIN OF TEN FOR WELLS. PLAY ACTION. BOECKMAN LOOKING ACROSS THE MIDDLE. CAUGHT BY ROBISKIE. ANOTHER FIRST DOWN TO THE L.S.U. 37 YARD LINE. >> Charles: THIS LOOKS LIKE THE OHIO STATE WE SAW EARLY IN THE BALLGAME. FIRST AND TEN. NOT NECESSARILY A RUN DOWN FOR THEM. BUT BECAUSE THEY’VE RUN THE BALL EFFECTIVELY, IT OPENS THINGS UP. THIS IS TERRY ROBISKIE, THE FATHER OF BRIAN ROBISKIE. YOU ALLUDED TO HIM EARLIER, FORMER MVP AT L.S.U. NOW THE WIDE RECEIVER COACH OF THE DOLPHINS.

>> Thom: DON’T FORGET HIS MOTHER CYNTHIA. >> Charles: WHO STRESSED EDUCATIONAL ASPECT. BRIAN ROBISKIE IS FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN. >> Thom: RAY ALL. GREAT COVERAGE OUT THERE BY CHEVIS JACKSON. CHAD JONES BLITZING FROM THE SAFETY SPOT. PUT A HIT ON BOECKMAN. >> Charles: I THINK THAT CALL WAS SIMILAR TO A BASKETBALL ACH. FEELING LIKE HIS TEAM IS BACK ON ITS HEELS A LITTLE BIT. ALMOST SENSE THAT L.S.U. THOUGHT THAT THIS GAME WAS FAIRLY WELL DONE, KIND OF SHUT IT DOWN A LITTLE BIT. THEY SAY HUH-UH. THEY’LL PRESS. GET THE ENERGY BACK UP IN BASKETBALL.

THAT BLITZ WAS TO GET THE ENERGY BACK UP FOR L.S.U. TONIGHT. >> Thom: SECOND DOWN AND TEN. AT THE L.S.U. 37 YARD LINE. PLAY FAKE TO WELLS. BOECKMAN DANCING AROUND. AND BREAK TO THE OUTSIDE. AND TAKES A HIT. THE BALL COMES LOOSE. HE WAS STARTING TO SLIDE AND RIGHT WHEN HE WENT INTO A SLIDE, HE TOOK A MAJOR HIT. >> Thom: THESE AMAZING PICTURE PROVIDED BY THE DP AMAZING PICTURE CAM. DLP, THE OFFICIAL HD-TV CAMERA ON FOX. IT’S AMAZING, IT’S THE MIRRORS. >> Charles: THE CAMERA PICKS UP THE PRESSURE. THAT WAS AN UGLY END. WHATEVER THE BASEBALL COACH IS AT OHIO STATE, THEY SHOULD SPEND TIME WITH TODD BOECKMAN ON FRIDAY. >> Thom: THIRD DOWN AND FOUR. BOECKMAN. DOWN HE GOES. HE WAS LOOKING INITIALLY AT ROBISKIE WHEN HE WAS COVERED. HE HAD A STICK IN HIS POCKET. SO NOW FOURTH DOWN DECISION. YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE THEY’RE GOING. TRAILING IN THE FOURTH QUARTER BY TWO TOUCHDOWNS. >> Charles: WITH THIS FIELD POSITION, AND THE COVERAGE AGAIN SO TIGHT HE HAS NOWHERE TO GO WITH THE BALL. JONATHAN ZENON LOCKS UP BRIAN ROBISKIE. RAY SMALL CAN’T GET AWAY FROM CHEVIS JACKSON, NUMBER 21.

THE ROUTES THAT HAVE WORKED SO FAR, OHIO STATE HAS BEEN ABLE TO SPREAD AND GET MATCH-UPS WITH THE WIDE RECEIVERS ON THE SAFETY. WHEN THEY GET ROBISKIE OR HARTLINE IN THE SAME TYPE OF FORMATION. >> Thom: TIME-OUT, THE PLAY CLOCK WAS DOWN TO 4. A BIG ONE. FOURTH AND SEVEN >> Thom: AERIAL COVERAGE BROUGHT TO YOU BY BUD LIGHT. ENDLESS REFRESHMENT FROM START TO FINISH. BUD LIGHT KEEPS IT COMING. STILL TO PLAY. BUT RIGHT NOW, SO FAR, UNQUESTIONABLY, THE BIGGEST PLAY OF THE NIGHT, FOURTH AND SEVEN. BOECKMAN PUMP-FAKE. ROLLS RIGHT. AND HE’S HAMMERED. THE BALL IS LOOSE. STILL A SCRAMBLE. PICKED UP BY L.S.U. ALL THE WAY TO THE 34 YARD LINE. STRIPPED BY ALI HIGHSMITH. AND PICKED UP BY HARRY COLEMAN. >> Charles: IN TRYING TO MASS PROTECT AND RUN A TWO RECEIVER ROUTE. BUT BECAUSE THE COVERAGE HAS BEEN SO TIGHT, THERE’S NOWHERE REALLY TO GO.

TURNED OUT THREE RECEIVERS IN THE PATTERN. HE HAD NOWHERE TO GO. THE RUSH GOT TO HIM. HIGHSMITH WITH THE STRIP. SEE THE HUSTLE BY PITTMAN, 49. AND COLEMAN CONTINUES TO SHOW OFF. MR. JOHNNY-ON-THE-SPOT ALL NIGHT LONG FOR L.S.U. >> Thom: WHAT A GAME COLEMAN HAS INDEED HAD. COVERED UP A FUMBLE EARLY IN THE GAME, M >> Thom: OUR BIG 12 OFFICIATING CREW, LED BY REFEREE JOHN BIBLE, REND PLAY OFFICIAL TERRY TUERLINGTON — >> Referee: AFTER REVIEW, THE RULING ON THE FIELD WAS CONFIRMED. IT WAS A FUMBLE. L.S.U. TAKES POSSESSION. HOWEVER, THERE WAS A DEAD BALL AND UNSPORTSMAN LIKE CONDUCT PENALTY ON L.S.U. THAT WILL BE PENALIZED 15 YARDS FROM THE DEAD BALL SPOT. L.S.U., FIRST DOWN. >> Thom: ONLY THE SECOND PENALTY TONIGHT AGAINST L.S.U. >> Charles: EXTREMELY DIFFICULT. HIGHSMITH GETS TO HIM BEFORE THE BALL COMES FORWARD AND THE BALL COMES FREE. SEE HIGHSMITH? BOECKMAN TRYING TO GET OUT, BUT THE BALL NEVER COMES FORWARD. THE RULING STANDS. BALL IS FREE. FUMBLE. UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT. LOOK AT THE ANGUISH ON THE FACES OF OHIO STATE. IT’S NOT OVER YET. JUST TOOK OHIO STATE’S DEFENSE TO JUMP BACK IN AS L.S.U.

GOES BACK TO THE PISTOL FORMATION. >> Thom: THEY GIVE IT TO HESTER. AND HE’S INSIDE THE 45. DOWN TO THE 43 YARD LINE. >> Charles: IF WE LOOK AT THE CLOCK NOW, L.S.U. WOULD LOVE TO EAT UP A LOT OF CLOCK WITH A DRIVE HERE. YOU NOTICE THAT PISTOL FORMATION, QUARTERBACK BACK AT 4 YARDS. RUNNING BACK AT 6 OR 7. I TALK WITH THE ORIGINATOR OF THAT FORMATION, CHRIS HALL, HEAD COACH OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA. HE TOLD ME HE WENT FOR THAT BECAUSE HE LIKED THE IDEA OF GETTING THE BALL DOWNHILL FASTER TO A TAILBACK RATHER THAN SIDE-TO-SIDE RUNNING OUT OF YOUR NORMAL SHOTGUN.

>> Thom: UNDER CENTER OUT OF THE “I” FORMATION THIS TIME. AND HESTER, 41 YARD LINE. THIRD DOWN UPCOMING. NOT BEEN MUCH OFFENSE HERE IN THE SECOND HALF FOR L.S.U. WE TALKED ABOUT WERE IT NOT FOR A ROUGHING THE KICKER CALL AGAINST OHIO STATE, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN THREE AND OUT ON THEIR FIRST DRIVE. AND A STOP IN THEIR LAST DRIVE. >> Charles: EXACTLY. ONE OF THE FIVE DON’TS OF THE KICKING GAME VIOLATED. YOU KNOW, DON’T BE OFFSIDES, DON’T ROUGH THE KICKER IS NUMBER TWO ON THE LIST.

WHAT A BIG PENALTY THAT ONE WAS FOR OHIO STATE. >> Thom: THIRD DOWN AND THEY’RE SENDING THE HOUSE ON FLYNN. AND THE BALL BATTED DOWN AT THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE BY CAMERON HEYWARD. AND ONE WOULD ASSUME, ALTHOUGH WITH LES MILES YOU NEVER ASSUME YOU’LL PUNT THE FOOTBALL ON FOURTH DOWN. >> Charles: NEVER ASSUME. BUT IF YOU’RE OHIO STATE, YOU PLAY ALERT AND MAKE SURE HE KICKS IT AWAY.

DON’T BE SURPRISED HERE IF L.S.U. TRIES TO TAKE A DELAY PENALTY IF AT ALL POSSIBLE. I GUESS THEY — IF THE CLOCK RUNS DOWN, TAKE A DELAY AND GIVE FIVE YARDS TO HELP THE PUNTER BECAUSE OF THE STATE OF THE BALL ON THE FIELD. THE BALL IS ON THE 41 YARD LINE. THEY MIGHT WANT TO TAKE ALL OF IT AND GIVE HIM EXTRA YARDAGE TO HANG IT THERE. MAYBE A LITTLE CONFUSION ON THE PUNT TEAM, TOO, GETTING PEOPLE OUT THERE. I WOULD TAKE THE DELAY IF I WERE THEM. >> Thom: WELL, YOU CALLED IT. THEY WILL BACK IT UP FIVE YARDS. GIVE THEM A LITTLE MORE TIME. OBVIOUSLY, WITH THE INCOMPLETE PASS, THEY’RE NOT RUNNING TIME OFF THE GAME CLOCK. THEY’RE JUST TRYING TO GIVE THE PUNTER MORE ROOM TO GET IN DEEP INSIDE THE TEN. >> Charles: EXACTLY. IF YOU’RE OHIO STATE, I WOULD HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT DECLINING IT. THOM, I DON’T WANT TO GIVE THEM THE EXTRA FIVE-YARD CUSHION FOR THE KICK.

I WANT TO KEEP IT AT THE 41 AND SAY OKAY YOU CAN HANDLE THAT ONE, YOU’RE IN GREAT SHAPE. >> Thom: COMING UP NEXT ON THE DirecTV POST GAME SHOW, IT WILL BE CHRIS ROSE, JIMMY JOHNSON, EDDIE GEORGE, URBAN MEYER AND THE ALLSTATE TROPHY PRESENTATION AND THE MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED. HIGH PUNT BY FISHER. BOUNCES INTO THE END ZONE. >> Charles: IN COLLEGE, AS SOON AS THE PLAYER BREAKS THE PLAIN AND IS IN THE END ZONE, THAT’S IT. >> Thom: LEFT. >> Thom: TIME FOR OUR DODGE GAME SUMMARY.

MATT FLYNN, 16 OF 29. THREE TOUCHDOWNS. ONLY ONE INTERCEPTION. CONFUSED OHIO STATE ON DEFENSE THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE OPENING HALF. CHRIS WELLS, 16 CARRIES. 141 YARDS. INCLUDING A 65-YARD TOUCHDOWN RUN, THE OPENING POSSESSION. BUT AGAIN, OHIO STATE HAS FALLEN BEHIND AND NOT HANDLED THE BL UP MUCH. GIVE IT TO WELLS ON FIRST DOWN. AND THEY’LL PICK UP CLOSE TO 4. THE CLOCK NOW UNDER NINE MINUTES. BOECKMAN HAS HIT ON 10 OF 18, 149 YARDS. THROWN AN INTERCEPTION, THROWN A TOUCHDOWN. HE’S FUMBLED THE FOOTBALL. >> Charles: HEAVY DURESS ON THE FUMBLE, OUT THERE TRYING TO MAKE A PLAY. YOU WANT THE QUARTERBACK TO PROTECT. HE’S TRYING TO GET A PASS OFF AND ALI HIGHSMITH WAS TOO FAST FOR HIM AND FORCED THE FUMBLE BEFORE HIS ARM COULD COME FORWARD. >> Thom: WELLS, FAR LEFT. EMPTY BACKFIELD. AND BOECKMAN FIRES TO ROBISKIE. AND HE NEEDED TO GET TO THE 30 FOR THE FIRST DOWN.

LOOKS TO BE A LITTLE BIT SHORT, WHICH WILL KEEP CLOCK RUNNING. >> Charles: YOU HAVE TO THINK ABOUT MOVING WITH A LITTLE BIT OF HASTE NOW IF YOU’RE OHIO STATE. IT’S NOT A PLACE WHERE YOU’RE IN A TOTAL HURRY-UP, BUT YOU’RE THINKING OF GETTING GUYS IN AND OUT OF THE HUDDLE, OFF THE SIDELINE, GETTING A PLAY CALLED AND KEEP IT MOVING. TWO SCORES STILL TO BE MADE UP. >> Thom: THEY ARE WASTING A LOT OF TIME HERE AFTER FIRST DOWN AND A HANDOFF TO WELLS. SECOND DOWN, HUDDLING UP. >> Charles: THEN THEY COME OUT QUICKLY OUT OF A TIGHT FORMATION, OR INTO A TIGHT FORMATION. >> Thom: AND WELLS DENIED THE FIRST DOWN. OHIO STATE GOING TO HAVE TO GO WITH LEFT, TRAILING BY TWO TOUCHDOWNS. >> Charles: WHAT IS DIFFERENT THIS YEAR, REMEMBER LAST YEAR WHEN THEY WENT FOR THE FOURTH DOWN IN THEIR OWN TERRITORY AND DIDN’T GET IT AND THAT WAS PRETTY MUCH THE BALLGAME? THIS IS ONE WHERE YOU HAVE TO GO FOR IT.

THERE WAS A DECISION AND A GAMBLE BY JIM TRESSEL. THIS IS ONE YOU HAVE TO TAKE THAT GAMBLE AND GO. >> Thom: NEED A YARD, MAYBE A LITTLE LESS THAN A YARD. TWO TIGHT ENDS. THEY GIVE IT TO WELLS. AND HE APPEARS TO HAVE ENOUGH FOR A FIRST DOWN. THE CLOCK WILL STOP UNTIL THEY RESET THE CHAINS. JIM TRESSEL, THE 55-YEAR-OLD MENTOR AT OHIO STATE GUIDED AN ALREADY STORIED PROGRAM EVEN GREATER HEIGHTS. SEVEN BOWL GAME, SEVEN YEARS, FIVE B.C.S. BOWL GAMES, THEIR THIRD TITLE APPEARANCE IN THE LAST SIX YEARS. LAST YEAR, IT WAS UGLY. OUT OF THE SHOTGUN. BOECKMAN THROWS. AND WAS THE CATCH MADE? YES, OUT TO THE 44 BY RAY SMALL. THE CLOCK WILL STOP AGAIN.

AFTER THE 13-YARD COMPLETION. >> Charles: GOT TO GIVE CREDIT TO THE WIDE RECEIVERS FOR OHIO STATE AS THE GAME PROGRESSED. THEY’RE STILL TIMES THEY’RE NOT ABLE TO SHAKE FREE OF COVERAGE IN KEY SITUATIONS, BUT WHEN TY HAVE GOTTEN OPEN TONIGHT, THEY HAVE ME THE CATCHES. TOUGH, OR EASY. IT DOESN’T MATTER. THEY’VE BROUGHT THE BALL DOWN. >> Thom: BOECKMAN HIT FROM BEHIND. HE COVERED THE FOOTBALL. DORSEY, WE HAVE NOT CALLED HIS NAME MUCH TONIGHT. IT DOESN’T MEAN HE’S NOT CREATING OPENINGS FOR EVERYBODY ELSE AROUND HIM. >> Charles: YOU’RE EXACTLY RIGHT. YOU KNOW PEOPLE WILL DOUBLE AND TRIPLE HIM.

THERE HE IS THE, NUMBER 72. HE JUST BEAT STEVE REHRING NUMBER 71. JIM CORDLE NUMBER 64 TRIED TO COME OVER AND HELP,UT IT’S TOO LATE AS HE KNOCKS THE BALL FREE FROM THE BALL. BOECKMAN ALERTLY FALLS ON THE FOOTBALL. >> Thom: I TELL YOU, CHARLES, OHIO STATE HAS GOTTEN IN A HURRY UP MODE. THEY’RE HUDDLING UP EVERY DOWN. >> Charles: I’M WATCHING THE CLOCK. THINK THEY WOULD BE HIGH TEMPO. STILL HUDDLE, BUT YOU HAVE TO INCREASE THE PACE.

>> Thom: IN AND OUT OF THE HANDS OF BRIAN RTLINE. EXCELLENT COVERAGE BY CHAD JONES. JONES AN OUTSTANDING BASEBALL PLAYER, DRAFTED IN THE THIRD ROUND BY THE HOUSTON ASTROS. MANY BELIEVE HE WOULD HAVE BEEN A VERY HIGH PICK WERE IT NOT FOR HIM LETTING EVERYBODY KNOW THAT HE WANTED TO PLAY FOOTBALL. >> Charles: AND HE WANTED A GREAT DEAL OF AN AMOUNT OF MONEY, PROBABLY MORE THAN THAT. REMEMBER HOW THE GAME STARTED WITH THE WHEEL ROUTE? THERE HE IS. HE’S BACK IN THE GAME NOW, NUMBER 3. >> Referee: TIME-OUT, L.S.U.. >> Thom: THAT MAY HAVE BEEN WHY THEY SPEND A >> Thom: THIS WEEKEND ON FOX, THE DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS CONTINUE IN THE NFC.

SEATTLE AND GREEN BAY, SATURDAY AT EASTERN/IS PACIFIC. SUNDAY, GIANTS AND THE DALLAS COWBOYS. EASTERN/PACIFIC IN HIGH-DEFINITION. ONLY ON FOX. >> Charles: COAC TELLS THEM THEY HAVE TO EARN THE RIGHT TO RUSH IT ON THIRD DOWN. THIRD AND 15 GIVES THEM THAT RIGHT. >> Thom: BOECKMAN. INTERCEPTED! BY CURTIS TAYLOR! AND THE CELEBRATION BEGINS IN THE BAYOU. >> Charles: YOU HEAR THAT MUSIC IN THE BACKGROUND. L.S.U. SALUTING THE DEFENSE. THAT’S FROM “TERRY AND THES” WHERE PAUL DIESEL TOLD THE DEFENSE, THE DEFENSIVE NAME THEY HAD, THE CHINESE BANDITS KNOWN AS THE MEANEST PEOPLE IN ALL OF THE LAND AT THAT TIME. THAT’S WHERE THE MUSIC CAME FROM. THEY STILL SALUTE THE L.S.U. DEFENSE AFTER THIRD DOWN STOPS OR TURNOVERS.

>> Thom: SO NOW MATT FLYNN, THE SENIOR FROM TYLER, TEXAS, WILL BRING HIS TEAM OUT ONTO THE FIELD. TO PLAY AND A TWO-TOUCHDOWN LEAD. THEY’RE GOING TO THROW IT. EARLY DOUCET. HE’S OUT OF BOUNDS. VERY SURPRISING, “A,” THEY’RE THROWING, AND “B,” THAT YOU’RE RUNNING OUT OF BOUNDS. >> Charles: “B” IS THE MORE EGREGIOUS DEAL. EARLY DOUCET, A SENIOR. HE HAS NO KNOW BETTER. THE CLOCK RUNNING IS WHAT YOU WANT AT L.S.U. YOU HAVE ENOUGH POINTS AT 31-17. LOOK, THE CLOCK IS NOW YOUR FRIEND. STAY INBOUNDS, LET IT TURN. I’M SURE HIS SIDELINE GAVE HIM AN EARFUL AS HE DANCED OVER AFTER THAT PLAY.

I THINK WE’LL SEE A LITTLE MORE OF HESTER IN THIS SITUATION. >> Thom: A HANDOFF TO HESTER. IF FLYNN DOESN’T KEEP IT HIMSELF. PICKS UP TWO. THIRD DOWN AND THREE UPCOMING. TIME NOW FOR THE ALLSTATE GOOD HANDS PLAY OF THE GAME. THIS WAS A SACK ON THAT FOURTH DOWN BY ALI HIGHSMITH. RECOVERED. >> Charles: ALI HIGHSMITH, THE FIRST ALL-AMERICAN LINEBACKER AT L.S.U. SINCE BRADY JAMES IN 2002. >> Thom: THAT GUY WAS A PLAYER, JAMES. >> Charles: HE WAS. THE FIRST A.P. ALL-AMERICAN SINCE MICHAEL BROOKS IN 1986. >> Thom: THROW IT TO DOUCET. AND DID HE GET ENOUGH FOR A FIRST DOWN? >> Charles: IT WILL BE CLOSE. IT DEPENDS WHERE THE FOOT GOES ON THE SPOT. >> Thom: LAURINAITIS HAD HIM AROUND THE LEG.

WHEN HE CAME DOWN, IT DEPENDS ON THE SPOT. >> Charles: YOU KNOW SOMETHING? I THINK THEY’RE SIGNALING FOUR. IF YOU’RE L.S.U., GO FOR IT. LET THE CLOCK RUN. POSSESSION IS HUGE. PUNTING THE BALL AWAY, FIELD POSITION NOT AS HUGE WITH TWO TOUCHDOWN CUSHION. JACOB HESTER, 18, OR RUN MATT FLYNN ON THE SNEAK AND KEEP THE FOOTBALL AND GET ANOTHER SET OF DOWNS. >> Thom: OF COURSE, FOURTH DOWN BECOMES PART OF THE M.O. FOR LES MILES. >> Charles: JOSEPH BARKSDALE BACK IN THE BALLGAME, NUMBER 78. RUN A SNEAK HERE BEFORE. >> Thom: AND THEY DO AGAIN. THEY DO TO CONVERT.

OF COURSE, THAT FLORIDA GAME WHEN ON FOURTH DOWN, LES MILES FIVE TIMES WENT ON THE FOURTH DOWN CALL AND WAS FIVE FOR FIVE IN THAT HUG WIN OVER THE NINTH RANKED AT THE TIME FLORIDA GATORS. >> Thom: TAKE A LOOK AT THE FOX JUMPER SCOPE. THE MOMENTUM CHANGED. THE BLOCKED FIELD GOAL BYY JEAN. THE MOMENTUM TURN AROUND JUST LIKE THAT. >> Charles: HE JUST RAN OVER BEN PERSON, THE GUY ASSIGNED TO BLOCK HIM. GOT HIS RIGHT HAND IN THE AIR, KNOCKED THE BALL AWAY. INSTEAD OF A 13-10 GAME, OHIO STATE. L.S.U. WENT AHEAD AND CONTINUED THEIR MARCH. >> Thom: LETS THE PLAY CLOCK ROLL DOWN TO TWO BEFORE THE SNAP. THEY HAND IT OFF TO HESTER. PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN AROUND A LONG TIME WATCHED L.S.U. FOOTBALL. IT’S HARD TO ARGUE THAT THIS IS TRULY THE GOLDEN AGE IN THE VERY RICH HISTORY OF THE TIGERS.

A SCHOOL RECORD, THREE STRAIGHT 11-WIN SEASONS. TALK >> Thom: CONTINUING THAT THEME, CHARLES, ABOUT IS THIS THE GOLDEN AGE OF L.S.U. FOOTBALL? THREE STRAIGHT 11-WIN SEASONS. S.E.C. TITLE. TWO BOWL VICTORIES. THIS WOULD BE A THIRD BACK-TO-BACK FINAL RANKED SEVEN FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICANS. NOW A SHOT AT A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. >> Charles: HARD TO ARGUE THAT NOT THE MOST IMPRESSIVE ERA OF FOOTBALL FOR L.S.U. FRANKLY, HARD TO SAY THAT THERE IS AN END IN SIGHT. >> Thom: FLYNN, PICKS UP ANOTHER FIRST DOWN AT THE 30 YARD LINE. LET’S GO DOWNSTAIRS TO CHRIS MYERS. >> Chris: YOU MENTIONED BO PELINI WHO WENT TO OHIO STATE AND TOOKING THE NEBRASKA HEAD COACHING JOB. HE TOLD US HE’S LOYAL TO HIS PLAYERS HERE AND HE WOULD NOT HAVE TAKEN THE HEAD COACHING JOB IN A DAY AND AGE WHEN SOME GUYS TAKE JOBS FROM THEIR SCHOOL, HE WOULD NOT HAVE TAKEN IT IF THAT WAS THE CASE.

IT WAS UNDERSTOOD BETWEEN LES MILES AND THE FOLKS AT NEBRASKA HE WOULD STAY HERE TO COACH L.S.U. IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. HE ALSO WANTED US TO SAY HELLO TO HIS FATHER ANTHONY WATCHING BACK HOME IN OHIO. PROUD OF HIS SON WHO WANTED TO BE HERE. FIGHTING AN ILLNESS AND DOING BETTER NOW. >> Thom: IT’S AMAZING THE OHIO CONNECTIONS WE HAVE SEEN IN BACK-TO-BACK SEASONS HERE IN THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. THERE IS THE PITCH TO MURFPHY.

TO THE INSIDE. AND STILL ON HIS FEET. DOWN TO THE 7 YARD LINE. LET’S NOT FORGET LES MILES FOR ALL THE MICHIGAN TALK ABOUT WHETHER HE WOULD RETURN TO HIS ALMA MATER. HE GREW UP IN OLERIO, OHIO, JUST OUTSIDE OF CLEVELAND. PLAYED AT MICHIGAN FOR SCHEMBECHLER AND EVERYBODY AND HIS BROTHER EXCEPT FOR HIM THOUGHT HE WAS GOING BACK TO MICHIGAN UPON THE RETIREMENT OF LLOYD CARR. >> Charles: HE SAID TO PARAPHRASE, HE LOVED HIS HEAD COACH BO SCHEMBECHLER. BUT HE’S NOW AN L.S.U. MAN AND AN L.S.U. MAN WILL COACH AN L.S.U. TEAM, AND IT APPEARS FOR A LONG, LONG, LONG TIME. >> Thom: FLYNN TO HAND IT OFF. THAT’S SCOTT AT THE FIVE YARD LINE. UNDER TO GO. LAURINAITIS ON ANOTHER STOP. 18 TACKLES, WHICH IS A B.C.S. BOWL GAME RECORD. >> Charles: THE LEADING TACKLERS NOT THAT UNUSUAL. COACH URBAN MEYER SAID THE STRENGTH OF THE OHIO STATE DEFENSE IS THEIR FRONT SEVEN.

BUT A LOT OF THE DEFENSIVE LINE NEUTRALIZED FOR MUCH OF THE BALLGAME; THUS, THE HIGH TACKLING NUMBERS FOR THE LINEBACKERS. >> Thom: AND WIDE OPEN. AND GETS IN THERE! >> Thom: THE POINT AFTER IS GOOD. AND YOU THINK THE STREET, BOURBON STREET IN NEW ORLEANS WILL BE ROCKIN’ ‘N’ ROLLIN’ TONIGHT? RICHARD DICKSON, PAIR OF TOUCHDOWN RECEPTIONS FOR MATT FLYNN. THE FIRST TIME HE’S THROWN FOUR TOUCHDOWNS IN A GAME. WHAT A TIME TO DO IT! WHEN THE B.C.S. STARTED, THE FIRST CHAMPION IN ’99, YOUR ALMA MATER, TENNESSEE. A YEAR LATER, FLORIDA STATE. THEN BOB STOOPS, THE YOUNGSTOWN NATIVE CELEBRATED A CHAMPIONSHIP.

MIAMI IN ’02, LOSS TO JIM TRESSEL AND OHIO STATE IN 2003. L.S.U., A CHAMPIONSHIP IN 2004. PETE CARROLL, IN ’05. THEN VINCE YOUNG IN AN ELECTRIFYING GAME, WON IT OUT WEST IN ’06. LAST YEAR, THE GATORS OVER OHIO STATE. AWAY, IT APPEARS TO BE L.S.U. FOR THE SECOND TIME IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS. >> Charles: THEY WOULD BECOME THE FIRST REPEAT CHAMPION IN THE B.C.S. ERA. AND THE FIRST TWO LOSS CHAMPION IN THE REGULAR SEASON IN THE B.C.S. ERA. >> Thom: WE HAVE MET SOME FINE YOUNG MEN IN THIS COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEASON. I’M NOT SURE YOU COULD MEET A SWEETER KID THAN GLENN DORSEY. SO HIGHLY DECORATED IN EVERYTHING HE’S DONE ON THE FIELD. BUT WHAT A KID HE IS! RAISED IN GONZALEZ, LOUISIANA. >> Charles: THEY DID A GREAT FEATURE ON HIM IN OUR PRE-GAME SHOW.

THE GUY WHO OVERCAME HAVING TO WEAR BRACES ON HIS LEGS AS A CHILD. UNABLE TO PLAY WHILE THE OTHER CHILDREN WERE PLAYING. THE LEGS GOT STRONGER. >> Thom: SMALL OUT TO THE 40. ON HIS FEET TO THE 46 YARD LINE. COMING UP NEXT, CHRIS, JIMMY, EDDIE AND URBAN ON THE DirecTV POST GAME SHOW. HAVE THE ALLSTATE B.C.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY PRESENTATION AND THE MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYERS. AND MILES ABOUT TO GET REAL COLD AND REAL WET. >> Charles: AND THE HAPPIEST MAN IN THE WORLD TO GET JUST LIKE THAT. >> Thom: THE KICKER WAS INJURED TRYING TO MAKE THE TACKLE. THERE IS THE KICKER. >> Charles: TRYING TO MAKE A PLAY. I HOPE HE’S GOING TO BE ALL RIGHT. >> Thom: AND THAT IS NOT LES MILES. >> Charles: IT LOOKED LIKE COACH HENSON. YEAH, THAT, TO ME, THAT LOOKED LIKE JOSH HENSON THE TIGHT END COACH AND RECRUING COORDINATOR WHO GOT THE FIRST BATH.

>> Charles: TOUGH EVENING OBVIOUSLY FOR JIM TRESSEL AND THE BUCKEYES. BUT IN A LOT OF WAYS, THEY GOT HERE TO THIS B.C.S. NATIONAL — THE ALLSTATE B.C.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME A YEAR AHEAD OF SCHEDULE. PICKED THIRD IN THE PRESEASON IN THE BIG TEN. MANY PEOPLE SAID EVEN BEFORE THIS SEASON 2008 IS WHEN YOU REALLY NEED TO LOOK OUT FOR THE BUCKEYES AND DEPENDING ON THE NUMBER OF GUYS WILL TAKE EARLY ENTRY. THEY COULD VERY WELL BE BACK IN THIS GAME NEXT YEAR. >> Thom: BARTON CHOPPED DOWN. WE TALKED ABOUT THE YOUTH OF THE OHIO STATE TEAM. IT IS REMARKABLE THE JOB THAT JIM TRESSEL HAS DONE THIS YEAR. CHAMPIONSHIP GAME NOTWITHSTANDING. WHEN YOU THINK THEY ONLY STARTED THREE SENIORS AND REALLY ONLY TWO OF THEM PLAY REGULARLY — >> Charles: EXACTLY. >> Thom: A JUNIOR CLASS WHICH IF THEY DO LOSE PLAYERS, MAYBE ONE OR TWO. AND THEN EVERYBODY ELSE, A SOPHOMORE, A FRESHMAN OR A REDSHIRT FRESHMAN.

>> Charles: EXACTLY. THEY COULD COME BACK WITH THE SAME CAST OF CHARACTERS WITH EXPERIENCE. INTERFERENCE ON THE PLAY. THE COVERAGE LOOKED LIKE EUGENE NUMBER 4 TRYING TO MAKE THE PLAY. THE RECEIVER TRYING TO JUMP BACK INSIDE AND GET TO THE FOOTBALL. HAD NO OPPORTUNITY TO DO SO. FLAG COMES OUT. >> Thom: CHARLES, YOU AND I WERE BOTH STUNNED — >> Referee: PASS INTERFERENCE. DEFENSE NUMBER FOUR. 15-YARD PENALTY.

FIRST DOWN. >> Thom: I’M NOT SURE IF YOU’D CALL IT VENOM, NOT SURE IF YOU CALL IT VILE, NOT SURE WHAT YOU’D CALL IT. BUT IT’S AMAZING ALL THE HEAT THEY TOOK AFTER THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. THEY LAID AN EGG. THEY WERE WHALLOPPED BY FLORIDA. BUT IT’S NOT LIKE THEY WERE A JOHNNY-COME-LATELY PROGRAM. THEIR THIRD APPEARANCE IN SIX YEARS. ONLY USC HAS A BETTER RECORD IN SEVEN SEASONS OVERALL. >> Charles: BUT THE NATIONAL STAGE AND EVERYONE TOOK THAT AS THE PROGRAM. NOT REALLY TRUE. IF YOU LOOK AT L.S.U. NOW TRYING TO BECOME ONE OF THOSE ELITE PROGRAMS THAT YOU TALK ABOUT YEAR IN AND YEAR OUT. THEY’VEADING ABOUT THE ALABAMA, FLORIDA IN THE LAST 25 YEARS. TENNESSEE.

YOU KNOW, THOSE TYPES OF PROGRAMS — GEORGIA! NOW L.S.U. FIRMLY IN THAT PANTHEON. THEY’LL BE THE ONES TO BEAT, IT APPEARS FOR A WHILE IN THE S.E.C. I KNOW COACH MEIERS THINKING HE HAS TO TAKE THEM AGAIN NEXT YEAR. HOPES TO HAVE A SHOT WITH A NUMBER OF TEAMS. THEY’LL BE THERE DOING BATTLE. >> Thom: ROBISKIE UP IN THE AIR CAUGHT IT. BUT OUT OF BOUNDS. >> Charles: LOVE THE EFFORT AS THE GAME WINDS DOWN. YOU NOTICE THE YOUNG GUYS PLAYING AS IF THERE’S NO CLOCK TO WORRY ABOUT. THEY COULD HAVE EASILY TAKE AN KNEE, RUN IT OUT, GET OUT OF HERE. THEY’RE PLAYING THIS THING OUT WITH FULL EFFORT. IT’S FUN TO SEE. NICE TO SEE. YOU TALK ABOUT THE GREAT YOUNG MEN WE’VE MET IN THE BOWL SEASON, THEY’VE ALL BEEN TREMENDOUS. IT’S BEEN FUN MEETING ALL OF THEM. I WANT TO GO TO GLENN DORSEY’S HOMETOWN OF GONZALEZ. JAMBALAYA FESTIVAL EVERY YEAR. >> Thom: SOUNDS GOOD! AND HARTLINE WILL RACE INTO THE END ZONE FOR A TOUCHDOWN.

LEFT. THAT MAKES IT A 38-24 GAME WITH POINT AFTER. >> Charles: KICK THE EXTRA POINT AND WE’LL LINE UP FOR AN ON-SIDE KICK. NO WAITRESS TRESSEL IS NOT GOING TO PLAY THIS THING OUT. NO. THAT’S NOT PART OF WHO HE IS. NOR WOULD LES MILES DO IT THE SAME WAY ON THE OTHER SIDE. NICE THROW BY BOECKMAN. WELL THROWN BALL. HARTLINE WI THE CATCH. BREAKS A TACKLE AND GETS INTO THE END ZONE. >> Thom: PRETORIUS WITH THE POINT AFTER. TO MAKE IT A 14-POINT SPREAD WITH TO GO. ♪♪ ♪♪ >> Thom: 79,651. THE SUPERDOME RECORD TONIGHT. AGAIN, A REMINDER, OUR DirecTV POST-GAME COVERAGE COMING YOUR WAY. THE TROPHY PRESENTATION, THE MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYERS, AND FINAL THOUGHTS. OUR ALLSTATE B.C.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME PRODUCED BY MIKE BURCH, DIRECTED BY RICH BRUSSO, RICH DUEEY, FOSTER, BROADCAST ASSOCIATES JUSTIN DEUTSCHE AND ANDY CAVANAUGH.

TECHNICAL PRODUCERS FRANK PHILLIPS. PRE-GAME SHOW PRODUCED BY JOHN ENCE. SENIOR PRODUCER AT FOX SPORTS, BILL BROWN. EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS AT FOX SPORTS, DAVID HILL. THANKS TO OUR ENTIRE CREW ON THIS ON-SIDE KICK. DELIVERED TO MALCOLM JENKINS. CHARLES SCOTT HANGS ON TO THE FOOTBALL. THANK OUR ENTIRE CREW. THEY HAVE BEEN HERE FOR TWO STRAIGHT WEEKS AWAY FROM THEIR FAMILIES, LEAVING JUST RIGHT AFTER CHRISTMAS. LEADING UP TO NEW YEAR’S. AND THEY’VE BEEN HERE AND WE CANNOT THANK THEM FOR ALL OF THEIR HARD WORK. >> Referee: FIVE-YARD PENALTY WILL BE ADDED ON TO THE END OF THE POSSESSION. FIRST DOWN. >> Charles: OFFSIDE ON THE ON SIDE KICK. CHARLES SCOTT. FITTING THAT HE CAME DOWN WITH THE BALL, THOM. WHEN YOU TALK TO THE L.S.U. COACHING STAFF, ONE THING THEY’LL TELL YOU HE’S A TREMENDOUS OFFENSIVE FOOTBALL PLAYER. YOU LOVE WHAT HE DOES FOR US CARRYING THE BALL. HE’S A TERRIFIC SPECIAL TEAMS GUY. THINK ABOUT IT.

WE’VE SEEN FIVE DIFFERENT BACKS CARRY THE BALL FOR L.S.U. FROM THE RUNNING BACK POSITION TONIGHT. ALL OF THEM OBVIOUSLY WANTING TO COMPETE FOR CARRIES. BUT WHEN YOU DON’T GET THAT NUMBER OF CARRIES, YOU HAVE TO CONTRIBUTE IN OTHER WAYS. THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT CHARLES SCOTT HAS DONE ALL YEA LONG. >> Thom: STARTING TO SEE THE EMOTION NOW FROM LES MILES. 54-YEAR-OLD, OLERIO, OHIO. HUSBAND AND FATHER OF FOUR. IN HIS THIRD SEASON WITH L.S.U. WILL BRING THEM A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. THINK BACK TO HIS INAUGURAL YEAR IN 2005, IN AUGUST, HURRICANE KATRINA HITS THIS REGION. CANCELED THEIR FIRST GAME OF THE YEAR AND GO AND PLAY ON THE ROAD AT ARIZONA STATE. >> Charles: THRILLING HOME GAME. >> Thom: YEP. THRILLING COME FROM BEHIND 35-31 WIN. NO SOONER DO THEY CELEBRATE THAT, HURRICANE RITA HITS THE AREA. LOSE TO TENNESSEE. >> Charles: ON A MONDAY NIGHT OR AT HOME. >> Thom: BO PELINI. >> Charles: TAKE THAT TO NEBRASKA WITH YOU, BO.

IF YOU PLAY AT NEBRASKA AND YOU PLAY DEFENSE, UNDER THAT GUY, YOU’LL HAVE A CHANCE TO BECOME THE BLACKSHIRTS DEFENSE AGAIN. REMEMBER, THEY DECIDED — THEY PULLED THE BLACK SHIRT TRADITION LAST YEAR. THEY COULD GET IT BACK. >> Thom: ONE MINUTE LEFT TO GO. EVERYBODY WE TALK TO, THE SENIOR CLASS, THEY TALK ABOUT KATRINA. AND THE LIVES IT AFFECTED. SO MANY OF THE PLAYERS IN THE SENIOR CLASS WHO GREW UP IN THE CITY AND GREW UP IN THE STATE. AND WHAT L.S.U.

FOOTBALL MEANT TO SO MANY THEN. THE CAMPUS AND ALL IT DID TO EMBRACE THOSE IN A TIME OF NEED. COLLECTIVELY, TWO YEARS LATER, THEY’LL CELEBRATE A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. >> Charles: YOU’RE RIGHT. FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE FROM THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN, THEY’RE SAYING HOW DOES FOOTBALL HELP PEOPLE IN THAT TYPE OF A SITUATION? WELL, EVERYONE WAS IN SUCH DIRE STRAITS, THEY NEEDED ONE THING TO FEEL GOOD ABOUT. AND L.S.U. FOOTBALL IS SOMETHING THEY FELT GOOD ABOUT FOR A LONG TIME. AND THEY HELPED A NUMBER OF PEOPLE THROUGH A VERY, VERY DIFFICULT SITUATION. >> Thom: WELL, CONGRATULATIONS, TO THE L.S.U. TIGERS! THE 2008 ALLSTATE B.C.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONS! SEND IT DOWNSTAIRS TO CHRIS MYERS. >> Chris: WITH SENIOR GLENN DORSEY. HAVE YOU SEEN THE PAPERS? L.S.U. NUMBER ONE. CONGRATULATIONS. WHAT WAS THE DIFFERENCE IN THE GAME? >> I THINK WE HAD TO GET OVER THE FIRST — THEY CAME OUT READY TO PLAY.

>> Chris: WERE YOUR NERVOUS TO START THE GAME? >> ALWAYS NERVOUS BEFORE A GAME. I KNOW I’M READY. AND MY TEAM PLAYED HARD. >> Chris: THERE WAS A CHANCE YOU MIGHT NOT COME BACK FOR THE SENIOR SEASON. YOU WENT THROUGH INJURIES AND BOUGHT HARD — FOUGHT HARD. GLAD YOU DID? >> I LOVE .

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