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Alabama Wins Second Consecutive BCS Title, Humiliates Notre Dame 42-14

Posted on | January 7, 2013 | 37 Comments

The University of Alabama defended its national football championship in an impressive style Monday, blowing out previously top-ranked Notre Dame 42-14 in the BCS title game in Miami.

It was the third BCS title in four years for Coach Nick Saban’s team, as Alabama dominated the Irish to claim the 15th national championship in the school’s famed football history.

The Crimson Tide offense came out firing on all cylinders, opening the game with an 81-yard drive that ended with Eddie Lacy running 20 yards for the touchdown. Lacy finished with 140 yards rushing and also scored a TD on an 11-yard pass from quarterback A.J. McCarron right before the half. McCarron threw for a total of four touchdowns, including two second-half TDs to Amari Cooper. McCarron completed 20 of 28 passes for 264 yards passing. Alabama’s freshman running back T.J. Yeldon added 108 yards rushing, including a second-quarter TD run.

Scoring three touchdowns on its first three possessions, Alabama’s highly-rated offensive line — led by senior center Barrett Jones — proved more than Notre Dame could handle. The Crimson Tide offense racked up a total of 529 yards, while their defense held the previously undefeated Irish to 302 yards. It was not until Alabama had built a 35-0 lead that Notre Dame finally scored its first touchdown, on a run by quarterback Everett Golson.

UPDATE: Linked by Becca Lower and Daley Gatorthanks! — and by Donald Douglas at American Power, who previously pointed out this unfortunate prediction by a Los Angeles Times sports columnist:

Yeah: They don’t know nothing about football out there in L.A. The Southeastern Conference has now won seven consecutive BCS titles.

 

 

* PREVIOUSLY (10:10 p.m. ET) *

Eddie Lacy ran for nearly 100 yards and scored two touchdowns, while Alabama’s defense manhandled top-ranked Notre Dame as the Crimson Tide took a 28-0 halftime lead over the top-ranked Irish in the BCS college football championship game Monday in Miami.

Alabama dominated from the outset, driving 82 yards in six plays for a 20-yard touchdown run for Lacy. The Crimson Tide capitalized on mistakes by a Notre Dame defense that seemed unnerved and unsteady. Lacy continued pounding away on the second ‘Bama TD drive, alternatiing with passes by Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron who capped it with a 3-yard TD pass to Michael Williams.

Notre Dame’s QB Everett Golson and his offense were luckless. Golson completed only 8 of 16 passes for 93 yards in the first half, while the Irish running game amounted to only 31 yards. Alabama dominated time of possession by nearly a 2-to-1 margin, and the Crimson Tide defense limited Notre Dame to just five first downs in the first half.

Alabama drove 80 yards for its third TD of the night on a 1-yard run by freshman T.J. Yeldon, and scored again just before halftime on an 11-yard pass from McCarron to Lacy. McCarron ended the first half 12-for-18 for 156 yards and two touchdowns.

UPDATE: Three minutes before kickoff, I made this prediction:

UPDATE: With 11 minutes still to play, Alabama is leading 42-7 and has amassed 502 yards total offense. McCarron threw two more TD passes to Amari Cooper. Eddie Lacy’s now got 142 yards rushing, and the freshman running back Yeldon has 89 yards. For some reason, this Tweet has been kinda popular:

* PREVIOUSLY (8:10 p.m. ET) *

Tonight, the Glorious and Eternal Triumph of the Mighty Alabama Crimson Tide in the BCS (Bama Championship Show). Kickoff is 8:30 p.m. ET and the game will be televised by ESPN from Sun Life Stadium in Miami. But for some folks, every day is like game day:

Hat-tip: Kyle Jane Kremer on Twitter. And speaking of Twitter, I’ve changed my profile for Game Day:

 

UPDATE: Alabama took the opening kickoff and went on an 81-yard yard drive capped by an Eddie Lacy TD run. A.J. McCarron completed a 29-yard pass early in the drive, and Notre Dame’s defense — clearly shaken up and nervous — had two costly penalties.

UPDATE II: Yet another Alabama touchdown drive, this one ending with a McCarron pass. it’s 14-0 already, and still more than 6 minutes left in the first quarter.

UPDATE III: It’s now 21-0.

Alabama just punted for the first time tonight, with 11 minutes to go until the half. All their previous possessions ended in touchdowns.

 


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  • http://twitter.com/sdo1 Steve in TN ™

    Hook’em Horns.

  • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ Evi L. Bloggerlady
  • http://twitter.com/thatMrGguy Mike G.

    Gosh ‘n’ begora…Irish by 9.

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  • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ Evi L. Bloggerlady

    Not exactly turning out that way…

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-Blake-Carlton/100000022510491 Christopher Blake Carlton

    The “Irish” are looking like the “French”.

  • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ Evi L. Bloggerlady
  • WarEagle82

    Good grief! I surely detest those hicks from Tuscaloosa…

  • WarEagle82

    They really are going to have to rename this the SECBCS instead of the BCS. The only SEC team to have ever lost the BCS championship was LSU and they were beaten by another SEC team. The SEC is the only conference in college football that matters…

  • WarEagle82

    And NEVER FORGET that Miss Alabama, 2012, Katherine Webb, is an Auburn grad!

  • Patrick Carroll

    While Alabama is winning I am chatting up one of the barmaids at “The Old Blind Dog” pub.

    Some Irish will likely get lucky, somewhere, tonight.

    The race is not always to the….

  • DonaldDouglas
  • BruceC

    BCS
    #1 and a nickel will get you a cup of coffee. The BCS is worthless as a
    way to pick a #1 team. There needs to be a playoff of at least 16
    teams to be a true championship. Repurpose the bowl games to be the
    playoff brackets. (woulda-shoulda-coulda) If A&M would have scored 4
    more points against Florida they would have played GA instead of the
    Tide.

    Maybe Alabama can beat A&M next year. Maybe.

  • BruceC

    Please ignore the formatting….fail….

  • Dan Levitan

    Oregon vs. Alabama would have been much more entertaining.

  • PoliticalClownParade
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  • http://www.facebook.com/meheuring Mark Heuring

    You might want to add the following highlight package to this post: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4DKLqnyBAQ

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MJGP4QXZ5PRW2MFA5E25CV2WNU rosalie

    My husband feels the same way. Only it might not have been as entertaining for Stacy because Oregon might have won.

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    Congratulations, Breeze!

    Now change your Twitter avatar back…please.

  • http://opinion.ak4mc.us/ McGehee

    It struck me as odd during the pre-game how the announcers kept saying #1 Notre Dame was the underdog against #2 Alabama — then I remembered that the sports press decides the rankings, and the sports press is no less prone to irrational bias than any other part of the press.

    If the bettors who decide the odds were looking at the fundamentals and finding the Irish outmatched despite ranking higher than their opponents, clearly the fault is in the rankings.

    But we here at The Freehold still won’t forgive Alabama for daring to beat Mississippi State.

  • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ Evi L. Bloggerlady
  • Quartermaster

    This post really is conduct unbecoming. The gratuitous sarcasm and snark pushes the envelope, but this post is a bit much. C’mon Wombat. Wield the ban hammer on Stacy.
    For those wondering. I have no dawg in the fight and am a partisan of no college.

  • WarEagle82

    Oregon is one of the most overrated teams in college football. They are the USC of this decade. The only difference is they probably aren’t cheating like Pete Carroll did at USC…

  • WarEagle82

    Alabama would probably have beaten Oregon by an even bigger margin. Oregon is terribly overrated and the PAC-12 is overrated as well. Talk to me when PAC-12 teams have won their 9th BCS championship…

  • WarEagle82

    The only thing a playoff is going to do is to prove the Sugar Bowl is the real national championship game. You will end up with 3 or 4 SEC teams playing in the semi-finals every year. Save the time and just watch SEC football…

  • Wombat_socho

    Roll Tide!

  • Wombat_socho

    This. You never hear speculation as to whether Oregon could play competitively in the NFL.

  • Wombat_socho

    Notre Dame fan spotted. ;)
    Also, fixed the formatting for you.

  • Dan Levitan

    You, honestly, have no say in what would have happened. Yeah, they could have won by a bigger margin, but you don’t know that. Oregon could have routed them easily, but I don’t know that.

    The fact, and my point still stands, is that Oregon v. Alabama would have been a bigger money draw, would have provided a lot more viewership, and would have likely contributed to a bigger share of cash for Miami’s businesses.

    That’s the fact. Your posturing is nothing more than the warblings of a gelded Auburn fan.

  • Dan Levitan

    … That non-sequitur, Wombat, is possibly the lamest thing I have ever heard from you. Ever.

  • Wombat_socho

    Look how stupidignorant you are. Also, you think I care about your opinion. How cute.

  • WarEagle82

    Wow. Just wow! You have an overactive imagination…