MIAMI GARDENS, FL – So how long did it take for the “Luck of the Irish” to run out? Not long at all.
Defending national champion Alabama made Notre Dame look less like a number one in a dominant 60 minute Monday night at Sun Life Stadium. They raced out to a 28-0 halftime lead and never looked back in a 42-14 blowout of the Irish in the BCS National Championship.
Notre Dame finishes the season 12-1 but is still without a national championship since 1988.
“They were better,” simply said Irish quarterback Everett Golson.
The Crimson Tide wasted little time opening up a lead as they went five plays in 82 yards on the first drive and capped it off with a 20-yard touchdown run by Eddie Lacy. AJ McCarron ended a 61-yard drive with a three-yard touchdown pass Michael Williams to quickly make it 14-0.
Nick Saban didn’t take the foot off the gas in the second quarter as Alabama quickly made it a three-score game when T.J. Yelton punched it in from a yard out to make it 21-0. Notre Dame’s defense-which was ranked first in the country in points allowed-would hold in the middle part of the quarter but were gashed late in the half.
McCarron led the Tide on a nine-play, 71-yard drive in 3:12 seconds and capped it with a touchdown toss to Lacy to make it 28-0 at the break.
Notre Dame appeared to have something going early in the third quarter when Golson drove the Irish inside the Alabama 36, only to have the drive ended by a high-flying Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix. He got a foot down inbounds to shut down the Irish threat and for all purposes put the game away.
Like they had before Alabama marched 97-yards down the field in ten plays to get another score when McCarron hit Amari Cooper for a 34-yard score to run the tally to 35-0.
Golson prevented the Tide from pitching a second consecutive shutout in the BCS National Title when he rushed in a score from two-yards out to get Notre Dame on the board. It hardly built momentum as the McCarron-Cooper connection produced another score in the fourth quarter to go up by five scores.
Theo Riddick got to finish his career in South Bend with a touchdown reception from Golson later in the fourth, yet it could only make the domination look just a bit better on paper.