Alabama Crushes Notre Dame 42-14 to Win 2nd Straight National Title
MIAMI — Staking their claim as college football’s lone dynasty, the second-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide throttled the first-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish 42-14 to win the BCS National Championship on Monday night at Sun Life Stadium.
It was a rough night for the Fighting Irish, who gave up three consecutive touchdowns to start the game. With the win, the Crimson Tide became just the third team in history to win three national titles in four years.
Alabama (13-1, 7-1 SEC) opened the game with a five-play 82-yard touchdown drive. Junior running back Eddie Lacy unleashed a 20-yd TD run to give the Crimson Tide an early 7-0 lead.
After holding Notre Dame (12-1, 5-1 away) to three and out on the ensuing drive, the Tide embarked on a 10-play 61-yard TD drive. Bama took a 14-0 lead on a three-yard TD pass from junior quarterback AJ McCarron to senior tight end Michael Williams.
With the second quarter barely underway, freshman RB T.J. Yeldon punched in a one-yard TD run to extend the lead to 21-0, capping an eight-play 80-yd drive. McCarron connected with Lacy on an 11-yd TD pass just before halftime to push the lead to 28-0.
The Tide continued to pour it on in the second half. Their first possession of the second half resulted in a mammoth 10-play 97-yd TD drive. McCarron’s 34-yd TD pass to freshman wide receiver Amari Cooper made it 35-0.
The Irish responded with an 85-yd TD drive to avoid the shutout, but it was a tip of the iceberg to say the least. The Tide’s next drive spanned eight minutes and 86 yards, and McCarron again found Cooper for a 19-yd TD pass to make it 42-7.
Alabama outgained Notre Dame 529-302 in total yards. The Tide rushed for 265 yards, while the Irish totaled just 32 yards on the ground. Notre Dame still leads the all-time series 5-2.