Alabama rolls over Fighting Irish for BCS title

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Submitted: Tue, 01/08/2013 - 4:45am
Updated: Tue, 01/08/2013 - 4:57am

MIAMI GARDENS, FL (AP) – Manti Te’o missed one tackle in the opening minutes, then another. And so began a most frustrating night for Notre Dame’s defensive leader.

He was never a factor in Monday’s BCS title game.

For that matter, the same could be said about the Fighting Irish.

Te’o was dominated by Alabama’s offensive front all night, setting the tone for another national title for the Crimson Tide. Alabama lost the coin flip and nothing else, rolling to a one-sided 42-14 win and its third national championship in four years.

For Notre Dame, the fantasy scenario – unranked to start the season, undisputed to end it – fell apart in plenty of ways. Most notably, the Irish were just overwhelmed up front by the Tide.

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MIAMI GARDENS, FL (AP) – The Tide sure did roll.

Alabama proved unstoppable from the outset of the BCS championship game Monday night. The Crimson Tide mounted touchdown drives of 82, 61 and 80 yards on their first three possessions and went on to beat Notre Dame 42-14.

The lightning-quick start gave the Tide a 21-0 lead one play into the second quarter, and they built it by blowing the Fighting Irish off the ball.

Alabama dominated with an offensive line that includes three All-Americas – first-teamers Barrett Jones at center and Chance Warmack at left guard, and second-teamer D.J. Fluker at right tackle. They created gaping holes against a team ranked fourth in nation in run defense, and neutralized Heisman Trophy finalist Manti Te’o, who became no factor.

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MIAMI GARDENS, FL (AP) – Alabama rolled to its second consecutive BCS championship, and third in four seasons, beating No. 1 Notre Dame 42-14 in a BCS championship game that was no classic after all.

AJ McCarron threw four touchdown passes and Eddie Lacy ran for 140 yards and scored twice for the second-ranked Crimson Tide, which scored on its first three drives and cruised from there.

Alabama (13-1) became the third team to win three national titles in four seasons since polls started being used to crown champions in 1936, and the first since Nebraska from 1994-97.

Tide coach Nick Saban now has won four national championships. Only Alabama’s Paul “Bear” Bryant, with six, has more.

The Fighting Irish (12-1) didn’t score until they were down 35-0 late in the third quarter.

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  • SurfCityTom says:

    and he was benched for some indiscretion which kept him out of the Sugar Bowl, I believe.

    He remained academically eligible; however he left without a diploma.

    For the record, he was denied admission to Pittsburgh and Maryland, his first 2 choices.

    I remember the other indiscretion when he was a broadcaster; if you saw the bio they did on ESPN, he conceded he’d had an addiction through most of his playing career due to injuries.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    exclude those who leave after their eligibility is over and they leave without a diploma.

    And clearly, from your spelling skills, you must have departed without a degree; assuming you even enrolled or attended.

    For the record, I’m not a ND grad; never stated I was one.

    You might want to work on reading comprehension while you’re at it.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    I am not a Notre Dame alumni.

    But the truth is evident.

    Didn’t Joe Namath go almost 30 years after leaving Bama before he got an honorary degree.

    The sad truth is Alabama does not even graduate 50% of its football team.

    If I were guessing from your limited vocabulary and literary skills, I would think you joined the majority by not graduating.

  • Roll tide says:

    You are such a troll.

    Alabama’s graduation for athletes is at 82%.

    The football teams graduation rate is at 69%.
    However, if you remove the players that leave school early to become instant millionares, the nuimber goies into the 80 percentile range.

    Sad, that your little life had its hopes all raised to believe your lil’ team even belonged on the same field as we did…the arrogance, and ignorance, of simps.

  • Vog46 says:

    And 20 years AFTER Namath got his honorary degree he tried to stick his tongue down Susie Koblers throat during an interview on a Monday Night football telecast when he was pretty wasted on the sidelines.
    He apologized publicly and apparently went into re-hab for awhile.
    But I believe Joe Willie played for Papa Bear Bryant – wasn’t he a little more in tune with the college education?
    I don’t recall


  • SurfCityTom says:

    which school produces the higher graduation rate?

    Notre Dame, where graduates have a degree and skills with which they can enter the real world.


    Alabama, where only a minority graduate; and where you produce while on scholarship or you end your career?

    Was there not a young man from Brunswick County who signed with Alabama only to see his aspirations nose dive before his first practice?

  • Roll tide says:



    ROLL TIDE!!!

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  • taxpayer says:

    His aspirations crashed because he was found to be academically ineligible to play. I would fault the high school for graduating a student who could barely read and write.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    I seem to remember that. Should the Alabama recruiter not have considered his scholastic skill level in signing him to play at Bama?

    If memory serves me, he’s bounced around some more, most recently at ECU.

    Sadly, I agree the high school system failed him.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    you must have been an Alabama attendee.

    There was no whining in my post.

    Rather the facts. The fact that the majority of the Alabama “Student Athlete” football players leave without a degree. Not all go to the Pros; those who do not face a bleak future.

    Notre Dame, on the other hand, places a high emphasis on the student portion of “Student Athlete” and the majority of their football team does graduate.

    Isn’t that why “student athletes” attend college? To get an education?

    Your post adds credence to my points.

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