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Alabama crushes Notre Dame, 42-14, for second straight BCS title

January 07, 2013|By Mike Hiserman and Chris Dufresne

Alabama has won its third Bowl Championship Series title in four years, overwhelming top-ranked Notre Dame, 42-14, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Coach Nick Saban's teams have won four national championships. He won his first as coach at Louisiana State.

Former Alabama Coach Bear Bryant won six national titles.

Notre Dame came into the game unbeaten but still a nine-point underdog. And it was a far bigger mismatch than that.

Alabama dominated from the start Monday night, scoring touchdowns on its first three possessions against a Notre Dame defense that was giving up a national-best 10.3 yards per game.

AJ McCarron, who became the first quarterback in the BCS era to win back-to-back national titles as a starter, completed 20 of 28 passes for 264 yards and four touchdowns. His favorite target was freshman Amari Cooper, who had six catches for 105 yards and a touchdown.

The Crimson Tide rolled on the ground, too, while stuffing Notre Dame's running back.

Alabama rushed for 265 yards and two touchdowns against a defense that had given up an average of 92.4 yards and had surrendered two rushing touchdowns all season before tonight.

Eddie Lacy ran for 140 yards and a touchdown in 20 carries. T.J. Yeldon carried 21 times for 108 yards and a touchdown.

Meantime, Notre Dame's run attack was next to non existent. The Irish ran for 32 yards in 19 carries.

Quarterback Everett Golson did what he could for the Irish, completing 21 of 36 passes for 270 yards and a touchdown with one interception while scrambling for his life. He also ran for a touchdown.


It was tough to tell who was more upset during Alabama's last possession, Coach Nick Saban or quarterback AJ McCarron.

All over one play.

Saban was screaming at the officials -- the Pac-12's best -- after a delay of game penalty was called just after McCarron screamed at his roommate, All-American center Barrett Jones, for not snapping the ball.

After play was blown dead, McCarron contined to bark at best-buddy Jones, who turned on him and gave him a shove.

If only Notre Dame was that competitive against Alabama's offense.


Alabama 42, Notre Dame 14 (7:51 left in fourth quarter)

Considering the circumstances, Everett Golson is playing pretty well for Notre Dame.

He has completed 21 of 35 passes while scrambling for his life, and he's accounted for both Irish touchdowns.

He connected with Theo Riddick on a six-yard scoring pass for Notre Dame's latest score. He ran for two yards and the Irish's first touchdown.

Golson has passed for 270 yards.


This is not quite the biggest rout in BCS title game history. But it's close. And it counts.

Alabama leads Notre Dame, 42-7, with 9:46 left to play in the fourth quarter.

The title game's biggest rout was after the 2004 season when USC, led by Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart,  crushed Oklahoma, 55-19.

Of course, USC vacated that victory as part of NCAA sanctioned when Bush was found to have received extra benefits.


Alabama 42, Notre Dame 7 (11:27 to play in fourth quarter)

AJ McCarron was considered a facilitator last season when Alabama won its title. He was a quarterback who wouldn't lose the Tide a game.

He's far better than that now.

McCarron has completed 20 of 27 passes for 264 yards and four touchdowns -- the last a 19-yard scoring pass to Amari Cooper.

Alabama has 502 yards of offense.

Cooper, a freshman, has six catches for 105 yards and two touchdowns.


So, given that Notre Dame was completely overmatched in tonight's game, how might an Alabama vs. Oregon game have gone?

Alabama has way too much speed for Notre Dame.

Oregon, of course, is faster than Alabama. And Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota compares favorably with Johnny Manziel, who gave Alabama fits in the Tide's loss this season.

But Oregon would have to deal with Alabama's power.

This much we pretty much know: It would have been a better game.


Coach Nick Saban steered clear of dynasty talk in the weeks leading up to tonight's game, but it's clear that Alabama is going to come away with its third national title in four years.

The Tide leads, 35-7 going into the fourth quarter.

And two of the stars have been freshman.

T.J. Yeldon has run 17 times for 89 yards and a touchdown.

Amari Cooper has a game-best five catches for 86 yards, including a spectacular grab and toe dance along the sideline on Alabama's current drive.


Alabama 35, Notre Dame 7 (4:08 left in third quarter)

Notre Dame will not be shut out.

The Irish scored on a two-yard run by quarterback Everett Golson that capped a nine-play, 85-yard drive.

Notre Dame capitalized on a couple of breaks to finally score.

The first came on a third-and-16 play when T.J. Jones was credited with a 31-yard catch along the sideline, even though it appeared very questionable that he controlled the ball before going out of bounds.

It was Notre Dame's first third-down conversion of the game.

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