The Alabama Crimson Tide have done it again and pleased their YouWager fans with a victory for their 3rd BSC title in four years.
Quieting the Notre Dame Fighting Irish by the first play of the second quarter, Eddie Lacy, AJ McCarron and the No. 2 Alabama rolled top-ranked Irish 42-14 for the BCS championship last night..
The Bear would’ve been especially proud of this one — Nick Saban and Bama romping to the second-biggest rout of the BCS era that began in 1999.
Lacy, the game’s offensive MVP, ran for one touchdown and caught a pass for another in the final minute of the opening half, spinning away from the vaunted Irish defense not once, but twice, to end a 28-0 blitz before the bands even got on the field.
The junior managed to finish with 140 yards on 20 carries, coming up with two of his best performances in the two biggest games of the year. Lacy rushed for a career-high 181 yards in a thrilling win over the Georgia Bulldogs in the SEC title game, and was nearly as dominant against the Irish. McCarron wasn’t too shabby, either, completing 20 of 28 passes for four touchdowns and 264 yards, adding another dazzling effort on top of his MVP in 2012’s title game.
The Tide (13-1) scored 69 straight points against its title game rivals, going back to getting the final 13 versus the Texas Longhorns in 2010, followed by a stifling 21-0 win over the LSU Tigers for last year’s crown, then scoring the first 35 points on the Fighting Irish. Saban’s team made Notre Dame (12-1) look like a college football team that would be hard-pressed to finish in the middle of the pack in the mighty Southeastern Conference, which has now won seven straight national championships.
Alabama wrapped up its ninth Associated Press national title on Tuesday, breaking a tie with the Irish for the most by any school and gaining a measure of redemption for a bitter defeat versus Notre Dame t almost four decades ago: the epic Sugar Bowl in which Ara Parseghian’s team edged Bear Bryant’s powerhouse 24-23. The Irish dropped to No. 4 in the last poll.
During the game the Tide made it 35-0 on AJ McCarron’s second TD pass of the night, a 34-yarder to freshman Amari Cooper without a Irish defender close by.
Notre Dame was finally able to score late in the third quarter, a 2-yard run by Everett Golson that served no other purpose except to end the Tide’s remarkable scoreless streak in the BCS title games, which stretched to 108 minute and 7 seconds — the equivalent of nearly two full games — before the Irish quarterback fought his way into the end zone.