The Alabama Crimson Tide are facing the Notre Dame Fighting Irish tonight in the BCS National Championship game, and with one quarter in the record books it has been all Alabama.
The Crimson Tide received the ball to start the game, and marched down the field to take a 7-0 lead after a 20-yard Eddie Lacy run. Notre Dame had trouble handling the Alabama offense, and were tagged for a personal foul on the first drive for ripping off Lacy’s helmet.
Controversy was a factor in the opening stanza, as a bobbled third-down catch by the Irish was ruled in complete, and on the ensuing punt a fumbled catch by Christion Jones was overturned after the referees flagged Notre Dame for kick catch interference. Later an apparent fumble by the Irish was overturned on instant replay, finally giving the Notre Dame fans reason to celebrate.
On Alabama’s second possession, Lacy rumbled again to give the Tide a first and goal. On the next play, with defensive lineman Jesse Williams in as a blocking back, Alabama instead threw to TE Michael Williams to make the score 14-0.
As time expired in the first quarter, TJ Yeldon burst to the goal line, and Alabama was poised to score again.
In the first quarter, the Tide had 202 total yards to 23 for the Irish. Quarterback AJ McCarron was an impressive 8-of-9 for 112 yards and one touchdown. Eddie Lacy had 8 carries for 72 yards and one score.