Alabama won their 15th national title in dominating fashion Monday night by taking down the undefeated Notre Dame Fighting Irish 42-14 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL. In a game billed as two very similar teams competing against each other, it wasn’t much of a contest. The stats show the same thing. Let’s sift through the numbers one last time this season to see if we can find any interesting tidbits:
That’s the number of points Alabama scored against Notre Dame, the third most in Alabama bowl history, behind the 2010 Cotton Bowl against Michigan State with 49 and the 1953 Orange Bowl against Syracuse with 61. It’s was also the most given up by a Notre Dame team in a bowl game, beating a three-way tie with 41 points between the 2007 Sugar and the 2001 and 1995 Fiesta bowls. It was also the most points given up in the Brian Kelly era.
That’s the number of rushing yards Alabama had against Notre Dame. Both Eddie Lacy and TJ Yeldon had 100+ yard rushing yard games, with Lacy racking up 140 and Yeldon adding 104. Nick Saban is 51-0 when his teams rush for more than 140 yards.
Out of those 265 yards, 125 were after initial contact. That’s a season high for both Alabama on offense and Notre Dame on defense. In fact, Notre Dame had averaged 63.3 yards after contact entering this game. Also, both Lacy and Yeldon had more yards after contact than Notre Dame had in total rushing yards.
Alabama scored five touchdowns in five red zone drives against Notre Dame. Before the game, the Fighting Irish had allowed eight touchdowns and forced three turnovers in 33 red zone possessions. They were on pace to have the lowest TD percentage for any FBS defense in eight seasons… before allowing five in this game.
Even with the loss, Notre Dame still leads the all time series 2-5, though Alabama has won two of the last three meetings. Oddly enough, Alabama outscores Notre Dame in the series 128-126.
Irrelevent Stat of the Night: 6
Alabama now has six wins over the Associated Press No. 1 team; the fifth most all-time, behind USC, Purdue and Oklahoma with seven.
Compared to Auburn: 3
Barrett Jones was a part of the 2009, 2011 and now 2012 championship teams in three different positions, which is quite a feat for anybody, even in the professional level. Yes, this means Barrett Jones alone has more championships than Auburn.
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