Alabama and Notre Dame took to Sun Life Stadium for one of the most anticipated BCS title games in recent memory. The Irish entered with an unblemished 12-0 record, while the Crimson Tide maintained a 12-1 mark.
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Alabama coach Nick Saban entered Monday night undefeated in BCS championship games, including the Tide's victory over LSU last season.
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'Bama back Eddie Lacy started the scoring with a 20-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
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Lacy's 20-yard touchdown sprint happened just three minutes into the game, a quick start for the defending champion Tide.
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Lacy celebrated after his score, just the third rushing touchdown Notre Dame had allowed all season.
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Michael Williams dealt Notre Dame a second blow: He made a three-yard touchdown grab to put 'Bama up 14-0.
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Quarterback AJ McCarron puts his arms in the air after connecting with Williams for a score midway through the first quarter.
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Freshman running back T.J. Yeldon extended Alabama's lead to 21-0 with a one-yard touchdown early in the second quarter.
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Yeldon's one-yard score, viewed here from above, continued Alabama's early domination. He dove into the end zone just four seconds into the second quarter.
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'Bama's defense flustered Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson, shutting out the Irish in the first half.
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Notre Dame struggled to move the ball against 'Bama's vaunted defense, failing to score its first touchdown until late in the third quarter.
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'Bama quarterback AJ McCarron continued to find success in the BCS title game, throwing three touchdowns to help the Tide take a commanding 35-0 lead.
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Nick Saban watches from the sideline as his Crimson Tide continue to dominate the Fighting Irish.
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After Dee Milliner played some tight coverage downfield, Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix intercepted an Everett Golson pass early in the third quarter.
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Notre Dame finally got on the scoreboard with Everett Golson's dive from two yards out, a touchdown that cut the score to 35-7.
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Golson's score did little to stop the Alabama rout as AJ McCarron continued to attack Notre Dame through the air. McCarron finished the game with 264 yards passing and four touchdowns.
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'Bama wide receiver Christion Jones hauled in a pass as he gained separation from Notre Dame safety Elijah Shumate. Jones was one of eight 'Bama receivers to catch a pass in the BCS National Championship Game.
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For the third time in four years Nick Saban received the Gatorade bath as the Alabama players celebrated their 42-14 victory.
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AJ McCarron was all smiles as he celebrated with star center Barrett Jones. Jones is widely considered the top center prospect for the 2013 NFL Draft.
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Alabama celebrates after its 42-14 victory over Notre Dame, its third BCS title in four years.
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Alabama cemented its status as a dynasty, becoming the first school to outright win back-to-back national championships since Nebraska in 1994-95.
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Nick Saban accepted his fourth crystal football of his coaching career. Saban won the BCS national title with LSU in 2003 before winning three with Alabama.
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The confetti rained down on the Alabama players, whose 28-point margin of victory was the largest in the BCS title game since USC defeated Oklahoma 55-19 in 2005.
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'Bama linebacker Rowdy Harrell soaked in the moment at Sun Life Stadium as Alabama kept the national championship trophy in the SEC for the seventh consecutive year.
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