Despite Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly’s stated hopes the Alabama Crimson Tide did come out of the locker room for the second half, leading the Irish 28-0 in the BCS Championship game.
Notre Dame challenged the Alabama defense on their opening possession, staying with an aerial attack and moving downfield with relative ease before a Golson pass was tipped by Dee Milliner and intercepted by HaHa Clinton-Dix at the Alabama three-yard line, ending the Irish drive.
Alabama’s offense then went on a 10-play, 97-yard drive, using a balanced attack and capped off by a 34-yard toss to Amari Cooper to make it 35-0.
Notre Dame stuck with the pass and finally had success, capping a 9-play, 85-yard drive with a two-yard rush by Everett Golson to put the Irish on the board at 35-7.
Alabama continued to move the ball downfield as time expired in the third quarter. Through three quarters of play, the Tide had 453 yards of total offense to Notre Dame’s 233 yards. AJ McCarron was 16-of-22 for 225 yards through the air going into the fourth quarter, with 3 scores. On the ground, Eddie Lacy had 130 yards to T.J.Yeldon’s 89 yards.