The BCS college championship was supposed to be a rematch of the original college football powerhouses. Instead, 26.4 million football fans saw a mismatch of epic proportions as Alabama easily defeated Notre Dame 42-14 , winning their third national title in four years.
Notre Dame did not look like the undefeated number one team that it had been portrayed as leading up to the game. The usually fierce defense led by linebacker Manti T’eo and defensive end Stephon Tuitt were silent, allowing 28 first downs and 529 total offensive yards. Everett Golson and the Fighting Irish offense also looked weak, only scoring two touchdowns. Although Golson threw more passing yards than Alabama’s AJ McCorran, the Crimson Tide were led to victory by runningbacks Eddie Lacey and T.J Yeldon who had a combined 248 rushing yards. Even Notre Dame coach Brian Kelley admitted at halftime “It’s all Alabama, we cant tackle them right now” adding “Maybe they wont come back in the second half.” Alabama did however come back and easily held their lead over an utterly confused Notre Dame team. Alabama coach Nick Saban was clearly satisfied with his third BCS championship in four years.”I don’t care if I look like it or not, but I’m happy as hell” the Gatorade- soaked coach said.
Notre Dame fans do have a bright spot in the darkness following the game. The team that was not even ranked in the top 25 at the beginning of the season, went all the way to the big game, bringing with them a young team with plenty of potential and, most importantly, an entire generation of new fans. Alabama fans on the other hand are rejoicing once again in the glory of another championship team from a college that will definitely have more to come.