The Alabama Crimson Tide routed the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to win the NCAA Football National Championship for the second consecutive season
January 08, 2013 – The Alabama Crimson Tide routed the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to win the NCAA Football National Championship for the second consecutive season. Alabama started early and did not let up: leading early in the second quarter 21-0 and midway through the third quarter 35-0 before winning 42-14.
The Crimson Tide has now won 9 national championships, more than any other college football program. Prior to the game, everyone figured its outcome would be close, as Notre Dame owned the fourth best rushing defense in the nation giving up only 92 yards a game. However, as soon as Eddie Lacy and teammate T.J. Yeldon starting rushing the ball for Alabama, it was obvious it would be a long night for the Notre Dame defense.
The air attack by Alabama was just as impressive as their ground game. Quarterback AJ McCarron completed 20 out of his 28 passes including four for TDs. Two of those touchdown tosses went to Amari Cooper who had 105 yards on 6 catches.
The Fighting Irish could do nothing to stop the Crimson Tide offense and with 13:37 remaining in the second quarter, Alabama was already ahead 21-0. By halftime, their advantage had increased to 28-0.
Offensively, Notre Dame was shut down by the powerful linebackers and strong secondary of the Crimson Tide. Freshman quarterback Everett Golson, the Fighting Irish’ starter, could not get untracked due to constant pressure from the down lineman and linebackers for Alabama.
The win was the second consecutive national championship for Alabama and their third in the past four seasons. Many football experts are already talking about the team winning an unprecedented fourth title in five seasons next season.
One of the proudest teams in the nation today is the Texas A&M Aggies. The Aggies were the only team that defeated the Crimson Tide this season.