The Alabama Crimson Tide picked up where they left off in the second quarter of the BCS Championship game. The opening play of the quarter saw Tide freshman T.J. Yeldon take the ball in for a score to give the Tide a 21-0 lead over Notre Dame.
Notre Dame attempted to finally get something going on offense, with Irish receiver DaVaris Daniels hauling in a pass to cross the 50-yard line for the first time in the game. The drive stalled however, and Notre Dame turned the ball over on downs.
Alabama’s first punt of the game came with 11:20 to go in the half, and it was nearly disastrous for the Irish; the punt was fumbled but rolled out of bounds, with the Irish retaining possession.
The Tide and Irish traded punts in the midway point of the quarter, with Alabama gaining field position each time. After one Tide punt, freshman Landon Collins chased down the Irish player fielding the punt, tackling him at the Irish two.
The Irish had another setback when DE Kapron Lewis-Moore went to the ground in pain after leaping to attempt to tip an AJ McCarron pass. He was helped off the field limping.
Alabama was content to pound the football on the ground as the clock wound down, but even then Notre Dame had trouble stopping the Tide.
Then with less than a minute to go in the half, McCarron hit Christion Jones in rhythm to give the Tide the ball inside the 15, and on the next play Eddie Lacy caught a short lob and executed his patented spin move to take it into the end zone, making the score 28-0.
At the half, McCarron was 12-of-18 for 156 yards and two touchdowns. Lacy and Yeldon combined for 144 yards and a touchdown each. Notre Dame, meanwhile, had a combined 124 yards of offense.
“We’ve played well offensively, we’re controlling the line of scrimmage,” Saban said at the half to ESPN reporter Tom Rinaldi. “This game’s not over, our players have to understand that.” Almost no one would agree with Saban after the incredible half of football they just saw.