Alabama 42, Notre Dame 14

Date - Monday, January 7, 2013 8:30 PM
Location - Sun Life Stadium
Attendance - 80120

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Alabama 14 14 7 7 42
Notre Dame 0 0 7 7 14

Recap


No. 2 Alabama 42, No. 1 Notre Dame 14: AJ McCarron threw four touchdown passes as the Crimson Tide turned in a dominating performance to claim their second straight BCS national title by routing the Fighting Irish at Miami's Sun Life Stadium.

Eddie Lacy rushed for 140 yards and scored twice and freshman Amari Cooper had two touchdown catches as Alabama (13-1) bolted to a 28-0 halftime lead to hand Notre Dame (12-1) its first loss and become the first school to win three national championships in four years since Nebraska (1994-97).

The Crimson Tide gave coach Nick Saban his fourth national crown - one was at Louisiana State - by scoring on their first three possessions against a defense led by Heisman Trophy runner-up Manti Te'o that had surrendered a nation-low 10.3 points per game.

Alabama also extended the the Southeastern Conference's BCS title-winning streak to seven years in a matchup that was eerily similar to last year's title clash, when the Crimson Tide humbled previously unbeaten and top-ranked LSU 21-0.

McCarron finished 20-of-28 for 264 yards and guided Alabama to six long touchdowns drives, including four of at least 80 yards. T.J. Yeldon ran for 108 yards and a touchdown as the Tide rolled up 529 yards of total offense against a ballyhooed defense that had permitted only 10 touchdowns all season.

Notre Dame deferred after winning the opening coin toss - and it turned out to be its only victory of the night. Lacy's 20-yard touchdown run capped a five-play, 82-yard opening drive, and Alabama quickly piled on with McCarron's 3-yard scoring pass to Michael Williams and Yeldon's 1-yard burst for a 21-0 cushion four seconds into the second quarter.

The Crimson Tide turned it into a laugher when McCarron threw an 11-yard scoring pass to Lacy with 31 seconds left in the half and a 34-yard strike to Cooper midway through the third quarter ballooned the lead to 35-0. Cooper also had a 19-yard touchdown catch and finished with six receptions for 105 yards.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Notre Dame broke up the shutout on Everett Golson's 2-yard run with 4:08 left in the third quarter. Golson completed 21 of 36 passes for 270 yards with one touchdown and one interception, with much of the yardage coming after the game was out of hand. ... McCarron's four scoring passes gave him 49 for his career, moving him past John Parker Wilson for No. 1 on the school's all-time list. ... The Fighting Irish entered the game as the only FBS team to not allow a scoring drive of more than 75 yards and exited by allowing the most points in the school's storied bowl history. ... Alabama added to its school record with its eight 40-point game of the season.

SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 12:03
Alabama   TD  Notre Dame 0 - Alabama 7
1st Quarter - 6:14
Alabama   TD  Notre Dame 0 - Alabama 14
2nd Quarter - 14:56
Alabama   TD  Notre Dame 0 - Alabama 21
2nd Quarter - 0:31
Alabama   TD  Notre Dame 0 - Alabama 28
3rd Quarter - 7:34
Alabama   TD  Notre Dame 0 - Alabama 35
3rd Quarter - 4:08
Notre Dame   TD  Notre Dame 7 - Alabama 35
4th Quarter - 11:27
Alabama   TD  Notre Dame 7 - Alabama 42
4th Quarter - 7:51
Notre Dame   TD  Notre Dame 14 - Alabama 42
TEAMS

Team Records

  Alabama Notre Dame
W/L 13 - 1 - 0 12 - 1 - 0
Conference 8 - 1 - 0 2 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  Alabama Notre Dame
Score 42 14
First Downs 28 16
3rd Down Efficiency 8-for-13
62%
2-for-8
25%
4th Down Efficiency 1-for-1
100%
0-for-1
0%
Total Yards 529 302
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 45-265 19-32
Average/Rush 5.9 1.7
Passing
Comp-Att 20-28 21-36
Passing Yards 264 270
Average/Pass Play 9.4 7.1
Penalties-Yards 4-40 3-35
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-0
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Time of Possession 38:13 21:47

PLAYER STATS

Alabama (13 - 1)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
A. McCarron 20/28 264 4 0
Notre Dame (12 - 1)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
E. Golson 21/36 270 1 1
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
E. Lacy 20 140 7.0 1
T. Yeldon 21 108 5.1 1
A. McCarron 1 9 9.0 0
K. Drake 3 8 2.7 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
T. Riddick 10 37 3.7 0
C. Wood 4 2 0.5 0
E. Golson 5 -7 -1.4 1
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
A. Cooper 6 105 17.5 2
K. Norwood 3 66 22.0 0
C. Jones 2 40 20.0 0
E. Lacy 2 17 8.5 1
M. Williams 3 17 5.7 1
M. Shinn 2 14 7.0 0
K. Johnson 1 5 5.0 0
T. Yeldon 1 0 0.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
D. Daniels 6 115 19.2 0
T. Jones 7 90 12.9 0
T. Eifert 6 61 10.2 0
T. Riddick 1 6 6.0 1
C. Wood 1 -2 -2.0 0