No. 2 Alabama Crushes No. 1 Notre Dame for BCS National Title
Quarterback AJ McCarron threw four touchdown passes while running back Eddie Lacy accounted for two scores to carry No. 2 Alabama to a 42-14 victory over No. 1 Notre Dame for their 15th national football title Monday at Sun life Stadium.
McCarron completed 20 of 28 passes for 264 yards without an interception as the Crimson Tide (13-1) won their second straight BCS national title and their third in the last four years.
Head coach Nick Saban won his fourth national title, putting him in a tie for second most all-time with Frank Leahy and John McKay. Saban trails Bear Bryant, who won six national titles with the Crimson Tide in 1961, 1964, 1965, 1973, 1978 and 1979.
"I couldn't be prouder of our players, our coaches and our entire organization tonight," said Saban said. "I really feel that we played a complete game tonight. We came out and had great tempo on offense and dominated the line of scrimmage and I think that set the tone."
Lacy, the game's MVP, rushed for 140 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown while T.J. Yeldon had 108 yards ground yards on 21 rushes and a score for the Crimson Tide.
Wide receiver Amari Cooper caught six passes for 105 yards and two scores while Michael Williams and Lacy were the recipient of McCarron's two other touchdown throws.
The Crimson Tide gained 529 total yards, outplaying the Fighting Irish, who accumulated just 302 overall yards. Alabama rushed for 265 yards while Notre Dame garnered just 32 running yards.
Everett Golson hit 21 of 37 passes for 270 yards and a touchdown pass to Theo Riddick. He also ran for another score in the third period to put the Fighting Irish on the board after 35 straight points by the Crimson Tide.
Sophomore wide receiver DaVaris Daniels finished with 115 yards on six catches as the Fighting Irish ended the season with a 12-1 record.
Lacy's 20-yard scoring run and McCarron's touchdown pass to Williams gave the Crimson Tide a 14-0 lead in the first period.
In the second, Yeldon added a one-yard touchdown run while McCarron found Lacy for an 11-yard scoring throw for a 28-0 lead at the break.
McCarron issued his third touchdown pass to Cooper to make it 35-0 for the Crimson Tide before Golson connected with Riddick for touchdown to trim the gap to 35-7.
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