It wasn’t pretty, but Australian defensive lineman Jesse Williams and his underdog University of Alabama team-mates have pounded their way to US college football’s top prize.
Alabama beat the No.1 ranked Louisiana State University (LSU) 21-0 in the BCS National Championship played at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.
The game was expected to be a defensive arm wrestle and it lived up to the hype, with Alabama’s first 15 points coming from five field goals.
The only touchdown came in the final four minutes when a battered LSU let Alabama’s Trent Richardson run 34 yards to the end zone.
“It was a great team win and our defence did a great job,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said.
As good as Williams, a 21-year-old, 193cm tall, 145kg giant and the Alabama defence were, LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson and his offence were impotent.
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron threw for 234 yards, while Jefferson managed just 53 yards.
LSU crossed the halfway line just once.
LSU’s one bright spot was Melbourne punter Brad Wing who was called on to the field nine times to kick his team out of trouble.
Wing, who has become a sensation in the US and attracted the attention of NFL clubs for his long, accurate boot, averaged 45.7 yards on each punt.
Williams, born on Thursday Island in Torres Strait and raised in Brisbane, is heavily tattooed and after the win will book himself in for more body art.
Williams vowed to have a copy of the BCS trophy tattooed on his body if Alabama, known as the Crimson Tide, were victorious.
The game is believed to have been the first time two Australians played on opposing sides in college football’s grand finale.