ALABAMA VS OHIO STATE @ NEW ORLEANS LOUISIANA - SITE OF THE SUGAR BOWL
Javier Arenas ran a punt back for a touchdown and Mark Ingram ran for another two as Alabama moved onto the championship with a 28-0 shutout of Ohio State. The game played in the SuperDome was a defensive struggle that lacked big plays, but ultimately 'Bama's class wore down the Buckeyes and helped them prevail. The Crimson Tide defense limited Ohio State to just 9 first downs and forced three turnovers in securing the shutout. Arenas ran a punt back 67 yards near the end of the first quarter to give the Tide a lead it would never relinquish. Ingram scored in the second quarter from 16 yards and again in the fourth from 12 yards away. He finished with 118 tough yards on 28 carries. Brandon Saine led the Buckeyes with 79 yards on 13 carries, but the Buckeye offense was slowed all night long. The win advances 'Bama to the championship game next week versus the winner of Florida and Texas. The Gators and Longhorns battle in Pasadena on Friday for the right to oppose Alabama.