Bama Wins National TitleMIAMI (AP) - College football's
national champions still reside in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
The Crimson Tide breezed to their second
straight BCS championship and third in four seasons with a convincing 42-14
rout of Notre Dame.
AJ McCarron and Eddie Lacy highlighted an
Alabama offense that scored touchdowns on its first three drives and led 35-0
before the Irish reached the end zone. McCarron completed 20 of his 28 passes
for 264 yards and four touchdowns, two to Amari Cooper. Lacy rushed for a
20-yard touchdown less than three minutes into the game and finished with 140
yards on 20 carries. Lacy also caught a scoring strike that put the Tide ahead
28-0 just before halftime.
Alabama finished with 529 total yards,
including 265 on the ground. T.J. Yeldon padded the Tide's ground attack with
108 yards and one TD on 21 carries.
Notre Dame was shut out until Everett
Golson rushed for a two-yard touchdown late in the third quarter. Golson also
threw a short scoring pass to Theo Riddick and was 21-of-36 for 270 yards and
Alabama finishes 13-1 after becoming the
third team to win three national titles in four seasons since polls started
being used to crown champions in 1936, and the first since Nebraska from
1994-97. It's the fourth championship for Nick Saban, two behind all-time
record-holder Paul "Bear" Bryant of Alabama.
The Irish had allowed just two rushing
touchdowns heading into the game. The Tide matched that by the four-second mark
of the second quarter and controlled the ball for 38 minutes to turn the
well-hyped matchup into a lopsided game.
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