The Alabama Crimson Tide dominated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Monday night in the 2013 BCS National Championship game, winning by a final score of 42-14.
The win secures the first back-to-back national titles for the Tide since 1979, and puts this Alabama team on par with the great Crimson Tide teams of the past. It also puts head coach Nick Saban firmly in the conversation with the great coaches of all time, including Paul “Bear” Bryant. Saban now has four national titles, surpassed only by Bryant’s six titles.
Alabama was a 10-point favorite going into the game, but was in complete control from the very start, displaying a balanced attack for which Notre Dame had absolutely no answers. Alabama had 529 total yards of offense to Notre Dame’s 302 yards, with most of the yards for the Irish coming in the second half.
Quarterback AJ McCarron was outstanding, going 20-for-28 in the game for 264 yards and four touchdowns. His favorite receiver on the night was freshman Amari Cooper, who caught six passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns, but McCarron spread the ball around, with eight different players catching passes.
On the ground Eddie Lacy put on another dominating performance, with 20 carries for 140 yards and capturing the offensive MVP award in the process. T.J. Yeldon had 108 yards and a touchdown as well.
C.J. Moseley was the defensive MVP with 8 tackles, leading a stellar defensive performance that held a shutout into the third quarter.
As the strains of ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ played in the stadium and the players celebrated with their fans, Nick Saban told reporters the 24-hour rule was still in effect, and he would take time to celebrate before beginning preparation for next season.