Alabama Crushes Notre Dame to Win BCS Title

Crimson Tide has 3 championships in 4 years

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jan 7, 2013 10:49 PM CST

(Newser) – Alabama rolled to its second consecutive BCS championship, and third in four seasons, beating No. 1 Notre Dame 42-14 in a BCS championship game that was no classic after all. AJ McCarron threw four touchdown passes and Eddie Lacy ran for 140 yards and scored twice for the second-ranked Crimson Tide, which scored on its first three drives and cruised from there.

Alabama (13-1) became the third team to win three national titles in four seasons since polls started being used to crown champions in 1936, and the first since Nebraska from 1994-97. Tide coach Nick Saban now has won four national championships. Only Alabama's Paul "Bear" Bryant, with six, has more. The Fighting Irish (12-1) didn't score until they were down 35-0 late in the third quarter.

Alabama's Eddie Lacy reacts after rushing for a touchdown during the first half.
Alabama's Eddie Lacy reacts after rushing for a touchdown during the first half.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron celebrates during the second half.
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron celebrates during the second half.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson runs past Alabama's Xzavier Dickson and Trey DePriest for a touchdown during the second half.
Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson runs past Alabama's Xzavier Dickson and Trey DePriest for a touchdown during the second half.   (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Alabama's Eddie Lacy runs during the first half.
Alabama's Eddie Lacy runs during the first half.   (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
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