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Bama Wins National Title

MIAMI (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

one interception.

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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