Alabama 42
Notre Dame 14

January 7, 2013 – Sun Life Stadium

Tide Roll to Third Crown in Four Years
Led by running back Eddie Lacy and quarterback AJ McCarron, the No. 2 Crimson Tide rolled top-ranked Notre Dame 42-14 in the Discover BCS National Championship Game, locking up Alabama’s second straight national title and third in four years.

Lacy, the game's offensive MOP, ran for one touchdown and caught a pass for another in the final minute of the opening half, spinning away from the vaunted Notre Dame defense not once, but twice, to cap a 28-0 first half.
Lacy finished with 140 yards on 20 carries. McCarron completed 20-of-28 passes for four touchdowns and 264 yards, adding another dazzling effort on top of his MOP in last year's title game.

Before a record Sun Life Stadium crowd of 80,120, Alabama scored the first 35 points of the game. The game marked the 20th time the Orange Bowl hosted the National Champion or National Championship Game.

Notre Dame made tremendous strides under head coach Brian Kelly, going from unranked in the preseason to the top spot in the rankings by the end of the regular season. Irish quarterback Everett Golson went 21-of-36 for 270 yards, with a touchdown and an interception. But Alabama held Notre Dame 32 yards rushing, 170 yards below their season average.

First Downs 28 16
Rushing Attempts 45 19
Rushing Yards 265 32
Passes Attempted 28 36
Passes Completed 20 21
Had Intercepted 0 1
Passing Yards 264 270
Total Offense 529 302
Punts/Avg. 4/49.2 5/42.8
Fumbles/Lost  0/0 1/0
Penalties/Yards 4/40 3/35


Alabama 14 14 7 7 - 41
Notre Dame 0 0 7 7 - 14

ALA: Lacy 20-yard run (Shelley kick); ALA: M. Williams 3-yard pass from McCarron (Shelley kick); ALA: Yeldon 1-yard run (Shelley kick); ALA: Lacy 11-yard pass from McCarron (Shelley kick); ALA: Cooper 34-yard pass from McCarron (Shelley kick); ND: Golson 2-yard run (Brindza kick); ALA: Cooper 19-yard pass from McCarron (Shelley kick); ND: Riddick 6-yard pass from Golson (Brindza kick) MOP: Eddie Lacy (Alabama), C.J. Mosley (Alabama)

Alabama Head Coach: Nick Saban
Notre Dame Head Coach: Brian Kelly




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