Tuesday, January 8, 2013

BCS National Championship Wrap Up

The Birmingham News headline says it all-Roll Tide Repeat!  
And that makes 15!

Tonight, a single football game captured the attention of sports fans everywhere.  Two of the most renowned schools battled for the 2012 title; together, they held 17 national titles.  But tonight, only won could secure the W.  If Notre Dame were to take it, it'd be their chance to reclaim their place as a top-ranking team.  For Alabama, it'd simply put a period on their legendary football dynasty.

For the third time in four years, Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide were making their BCS appearance.  According to pre-game talk, all bets were for Bama, but what really mattered was the Tide's gametime performance.

The Tide were the first to roll out of the stadium, with the Fighting Irish watching as they filed by.

After winning the coin toss, Notre Dame elected to defer.  So, Alabama was the first to handle the ball at Sun Life Stadium.

On the game's opening drive, the Tide rolled for an impressive 82 yards.  Bama became the first on the board, up 7-0 following the PAT.

Still in the first, deep in Notre Dame territory, Bama's QB AJ McCarron passed to Michael Williams for a 3 yard touchdown.  Jeremy Shelley slid through with the extra point.

With less than a minute left in the quarter, WR Amari Cooper was the one to take it deep.  After McCarron fired the ball, the freshman impact player brought the Tide 27 yards closer to the goal line.  T.J. Yeldon would rush for an additional 5 yards as the first quarter came to an end.
Here, Yeldon dives into the end zone for an Alabama TD. 

The Tide would start the second one yard from the goal line.  And in the quarters opening play, Yeldon took it across, increasing Bama's lead 21-0.

With 39 seconds left in the quarter, Christian Jones would put the Tide deep in Notre Dame territory. With the next play, McCarron would celebrate his second TD pass of the night.  It looks like Johnny Football may have some competition for the Heisman Trophy next year.

At the half, the Crimson Tide led 28-0.

Midway through the third, McCarron was able to add an additional touchdown to his national championship resume. Really, there wasn't a throw tonight he couldn't make.  He fired to Amari Cooper for 34 yards. And, Bama's now up 35-0.

Alabama's defense went more than 6 BCS quarters without giving up a point, but in tonight's third Notre Dame secured a touch down. Fighting Irish QB Everett Golson ran for 3 yards.  After a successful field goal, the score was 35-7.

The score would stand 35-7 as the fans yelled "four" to signal the game's last period.  But, it wouldn't last for long. Early in the fourth at the Notre Dame 19, McCarron fired to Amari Cooper.  The WR would run for another Bama touchdown, rolling over the Fighting Irish 42-7.  The TD also meant Cooper would become the first Alabama player to get 1000 receiving yards in a single season since Julio Jones, the Atlanta Falcon's first round draft pick in 2011. 

With less than eight minutes left in the game, Notre Dame proved they hadn't given up quite yet. Golson made his first touch down pass of the night, firing to Theo Riddick for 6 yards.  Following the field goal, the score board read 42-14. 

But ultimately, Nick Saban would receive his back-to-back Gatorade bath.  Now, it's safe to say you can start mentioning Bear Bryant and Nick Saban in the same sentence.  Alabama would take their third national championship in four years, winning the game 42-14.  That means for the seventh consecutive year, an SEC team takes home the crystal ball.  And, of course "Sweet Home Alabama" belted in the background.  Talk about your Southern Pride!

As for the individual awards, Eddie Lacy was named Offensive MVP while CJ Mosley took the  Defensive Award.
It looks like my little brother's hat is out of date.  Thank goodness! 

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