Team Stats

  • Total Yards

    • ND 302
    • 529 ALA
  • Turnovers

    • ND 1
    • 0 ALA
  • Possession

    ND ALA
    38:13 21:47
  • 1st Downs

    • ND 16
    • 28 ALA

Game Information

Hard Rock Stadium
,
Coverage: ESPN/ESPN3D
  • Miami, FL 33299
  • Line: ND -8.5
Attendance: 80,120
100%
Capacity: 65,326
1/8/2013 ESPN.com news services

Tide bully Irish, capture 3rd BCS title in 4 years

Alabama rolled to its second consecutive Discover BCS National Championship, and third in four seasons, beating No. 1 Notre Dame 42-14 in a BCS championship game that was no classic after all.

Scoring Summary

ESPN/ESPN3D1234T
Notre Dame007714
Alabama14147742
first QuarterNDALA
TD
12:03
Eddie Lacy rush for 20 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.
alabama drive: 5 plays 82 yards, 02:57 alabama td, 2:57
06
XP
12:03
Jeremy Shelley extra point GOOD.
alabama drive: 5 plays 82 yards, 02:57 alabama td, 2:57
07
TD
6:14
AJ McCarron pass complete to Michael Williams for 3 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.
alabama drive: 10 plays 61 yards, 04:49 alabama td, 4:49
013
XP
6:14
Jeremy Shelley extra point GOOD.
alabama drive: 10 plays 61 yards, 04:49 alabama td, 4:49
014
second QuarterNDALA
TD
14:56
T.J. Yeldon rush for 1 yard for a TOUCHDOWN.
alabama drive: 8 plays 80 yards, 04:26 alabama td, 4:26
020
XP
14:56
Jeremy Shelley extra point GOOD.
alabama drive: 8 plays 80 yards, 04:26 alabama td, 4:26
021
TD
0:31
AJ McCarron pass complete to Eddie Lacy for 11 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.
alabama drive: 9 plays 71 yards, 03:12 alabama td, 3:12
027
XP
0:31
Jeremy Shelley extra point GOOD.
alabama drive: 9 plays 71 yards, 03:12 alabama td, 3:12
028
third QuarterNDALA
TD
7:34
AJ McCarron pass complete to Amari Cooper for 34 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.
alabama drive: 10 plays 97 yards, 05:37 alabama td, 5:37
034
XP
7:34
Jeremy Shelley extra point GOOD.
alabama drive: 10 plays 97 yards, 05:37 alabama td, 5:37
035
TD
4:08
Everett Golson rush for 2 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.
notredame drive: 9 plays 85 yards, 03:26 notredame td, 3:26
635
XP
4:08
Kyle Brindza extra point GOOD.
notredame drive: 9 plays 85 yards, 03:26 notredame td, 3:26
735
fourth QuarterNDALA
TD
11:27
AJ McCarron pass complete to Amari Cooper for 19 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.
alabama drive: 14 plays 86 yards, 07:41 alabama td, 7:41
741
XP
11:27
Jeremy Shelley extra point GOOD.
alabama drive: 14 plays 86 yards, 07:41 alabama td, 7:41
742
TD
7:51
Everett Golson pass complete to Theo Riddick for 6 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.
notredame drive: 10 plays 75 yards, 03:36 notredame td, 3:36
1342
XP
7:51
Kyle Brindza extra point GOOD.
notredame drive: 10 plays 75 yards, 03:36 notredame td, 3:36
1442

Research Notes

  • Manti Te'o had only two missed tackles in Notre Dame's first 12 games of the season. In the national title game against Alabama, Te'o did not miss a tackle.(source: Stats Ice)

  • AJ McCarron completed 6-of-9 passes thrown 15 yards or longer downfield against Notre Dame, including both of his touchdown passes to Amari Cooper. Entering the BCS National Championship, Notre Dame had allowed one touchdown and a 28.6 completion percentage on such passes. In the last two title games, McCarron has completed 61.1 percent of his passes of this distance without an interception.

  • Alabama scored a touchdown on all five of its red-zone drives in the BCS Championship Game. Entering the game, Notre Dame's opponents had eight touchdowns and five turnovers in 33 red-zone possessions. The Irish were on pace to have the lowest touchdown percentage (24.2 percent) for any FBS defense in the last eight seasons.

  • AJ McCarron completed 10 of 14 passes off play action, including two touchdowns. McCarron has now thrown 13 touchdowns and no interceptions off play action this season. Entering the game, Notre Dame had given up two pass touchdowns off play action all season.

  • --Alabama averaged 6.0 yards per carry and had two touchdowns on runs inside of the tackles. Notre Dame had 32 yards on 13 carries inside of the tackles, with the majority coming on a 20-yard run by Theo Reddick. Additionally,, Alabama averaged 7.1 yards per carry when Notre Dame had eight or more defenders in the box. Notre Dame had six runs for -11 yards with SEVEN or more defenders in the box.

  • Alabama out-rushed Notre Dame 265-32 in the BCS Championship Game. The Tide had a season-high 125 rush yards after contact. It was the most given up by Notre Dame this season. The Irish entered the game allowing 63.3 yards after contact per game. T.J. Yeldon (71) and Eddie Lacy (46) both had more yards after contact than Notre Dame had total rush yards.

  • A.J. McCarron set the Alabama career passing TD record with 49 pass TD. Previous record was set by John Parker Wilson (47)

  • Amari Cooper set the Alabama school record for touchdown catches in a single season. His 11 break the mark of 10, set by Al Lary, 1950.

  • Alabama has now beaten the AP No. 1 team 6 times, the 5th-most such wins all-time.

  • The 42 points allowed are the most in a bowl game in Notre Dame history.

  • The 42 points scored are the 3rd-most in a bowl game in Alabama history.

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