(2) Alabama - 42, (1) Notre Dame - 14
- Michael Southern, The Tuscaloosa News
January 7, 2013
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. | When Eddie Lacy executed a double spin move to give
Alabama a four-touchdown halftime lead over the staggering and winded Fighting
Irish, Crimson Tide players and fans could sense history in the making.
Alabama running back Eddie Lacy celebrates after winning the BCS National
Championship Game against Notre Dame at Sun Life Stadium.
Photo Credit - Robert Sutton/Tuscaloosa News
A season that started in Arlington, Texas, ended Monday night with a raucous
celebration in Miami Gardens, Fla., and completed Alabama's maturation from
defending national champion to modern-day dynasty.
The Crimson Tide turned Sun Life Stadium into its personal playground as it
became the first team to win consecutive BCS National Championship Games and
its third title in four years with a resounding 42-14 beatdown of Notre Dame.
Junior right tackle D.J. Fluker was one of the first players to hug Nick Saban
following the traditional Gatorade shower and had no problem describing the
Crimson Tide's incredible run the last four years.
"Dynasty!" Fluker proclaimed. "National championships! That's the best feeling
in the world. We worked hard for it all year long. We had our ups and downs,
but we came through. We had no doubt. We played this game a thousand times
inside our minds."
When the post-game festivities and trophy presentation started, Alabama players
savored the moment and accomplishment of winning the school's 15th national
Although more than half of the 80,120 capacity crowd appeared to be Notre Dame
fans, they had little time to celebrate after watching their previously
impenetrable defense get ravaged by a fast, powerful Crimson Tide offense.
"It's something you can't even dream of," said Alabama tight end Michael
Williams, who scored one of the first-half touchdowns. "You come to Alabama
to win championships, but you never really have it in your mind you're going
to win three national championships.
"It's a blessing. I'm thankful for it and I think I left a good legacy at the
University of Alabama."
Before Monday night's one-sided affair, Notre Dame had allowed just two rushing
touchdowns. Thanks to the dynamic duo of Lacy and T.J. Yeldon, Alabama doubled
that total just seconds into the second quarter.
By the end of the first half and with the Tide holding a commanding 28-0 lead,
the Alabama fans were already chanting "SEC! SEC! SEC!", while Fighting Irish
fans headed to the concession stands.
Even though Notre Dame appeared to be a team of destiny and emerged as a
sentimental favorite in its quest to return to relevance, the Crimson Tide
left no doubt that Southern football still reigns supreme.
Notre Dame held a 5-1 series advantage over Alabama and its stinging victories
in the 1973 Sugar Bowl and 1975 Orange Bowl created a sense or uneasiness for
the Crimson Tide nation.
But Alabama never allowed the Irish to awaken their ghosts of the past as it
continued its dominance in the second half.
"It's huge," said nose guard Jesse Williams, whose journey to the Capstone had
humble beginnings in Brisbane, Australia. "It's one of those unforgettable
things. It's going to stick with me for the rest of my life.
"I'm blessed and proud to be part of this great community and great team we've
got here at Alabama. It's just unreal to do this and it just means a lot to us."
When freshman wide receiver Amari Cooper caught his second touchdown pass in the
fourth quarter to give Alabama a 42-7 advantage, Notre Dame fans started walking
to the exit portals.