The Alabama Crimson Tide are champions once again, winning a second straight BCS championship by defeating previously unbeaten Notre Dame 42-14 Monday night in the BCS Championship Game in Miami.
Alabama rolled up 529 yards of offense against a defense that had held each opponent this season under 400 yards. The Crimson Tide jumped on the Fighting Irish right from the start of the game, driving right down field against Manti Te’o and the Irish by using relaxed passing from AJ McCarron and bruising running from Eddie Lacy, who was named the game’s most valuable player. Lacy rushed for 140 yards and T.J. Yeldon also eclipsed the century mark with 108 yards and a touchdown.
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron passed for four touchdowns and 264 yards while completing 20 of 28 pass attempts against a Notre Dame secondary that was scrambling all night to keep up with Alabama.
Alabama’s third BCS title in four years was the seventh consecutive BCS championship won by an SEC school. Alabama head coach Nick Saban won his fourth BCS title, including one won at LSU prior to being hired by Alabama.
Alabama’s place in college football history now will be regarded as one of the best stretches in the history of the game, joining Notre Dame and Nebraska as the only programs to win three championships in a four-year period. Alabama is the first school to win back-to-back BCS championships in the BCS era.