LSU was crowned National Champs by the Master Coaches Poll
LSU defeats Ohio State to Claim National Title

By MCS Staff


ATLANTA (January 8, 2008) --As the Bayou Bengals had done four other times this season, LSU fell behind early 10-0 only to take control and hammer the Buckeyes 38-24 to claim their second BCS title in the past five years.

"LSU did not panic, they settled down, and started playing some outstanding defense," Georgia Legend Vince Dooley said. Much to their credit, LSU came storming back to score 24 unanswered points to take a commanding 24-10 lead at the half. "That blocked field goal by LSU in the first half really gave them some momentum," noted Coach Dooley.

On the opening drive of the second half, the Buckeyes looked like they had stopped the Tigers only to get a roughing the punter penalty. LSU extended the 31-10 on that first drive and coasted to a 38-24 final score at the Superdome in New Orleans.

"In a ball game of this magnitude, special teams and turnovers play such a key role in the outcome of the game and LSU won those battles," former Ohio State Coach John Cooper said.

The Ohio State offense was throttled by LSU's defense for most of the game. LSU had five sacks and caused three turnovers - two interceptions and a fumble.

Southern Cal took the second spot in the final Master Coaches Poll with their strong showing against the Fighting Illini to win the Rose Bowl 49-17. The Georgia Bulldogs was No. 3 after completely dismantling the Hawaii Warriors 41-10 in the Sugar Bowl played at the Superdome a week earlier.

The Mountaineers of West Virginia came in at No. 4 after they played their most inspiring game of the season against the heavily-favored Oklahoma Sooners and won 48-28 in the Fiesta Bowl. Rounding out the top 5 of the final Master Coaches Poll, Missouri dominated Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl 38-7

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