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If you missed it last night, LSU won its second national championship since the inception of BCS rankings in 1998, beating Ohio State, 38-24, in the Louisiana Superdome.

It was a classic punch, counter-punch kind of game in which Ohio State raced out to a 10-point lead, then saw LSU thunder back with 24 unanswered points before halftime and add another TD after intermission. LSU shredded Ohio State's top-ranked defense with brute power and clever design. On more than one occasion -- including an early TD -- LSU lined up in a so-called "bunch" formation with four receivers flanked to one side.  On the touchdown play using that odd set-up, LSU quarterback Matt Flynn went away from the strength of the formation with a 13-yard scoring strike to tight end Richard Dickson that tied the game at 10.

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The Buckeyes added to their own problems with critical foul-ups on special teams (a blocked field goal and a roughing-the-punter penalty) and turnovers. For Ohio State, it was the second year in a row that the Buckeyes were decisively beaten in the title game by a team from the SEC. Last year, Florida routed Ohio State, 41-14.

The final BCS standings saw the SEC finish 1-2: No. 1 LSU, No. 2 Georgia, No. 3 Southern Cal, No. 4 Missouri, No. 5 Ohio State.

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