One historic beat down.
Sorry Lou Holtz. You too Rudy.
Turns out Notre Dame isn’t back quite yet. Actually, the Fighting Irish aren’t even close.
Not after Alabama’s offense gashed Notre Dame all night long in a 42-14 rout in Miami.
Notre Dame had not allowed more than 26 points in a game. The Irish were undefeated and held the No. 1 ranking in the nation.
That would have been a good resume for a championship in the days before teams played bowl games.
Unfortunately for the Irish, Notre Dame had one game left.
Holtz could have turned in early Monday night. Alabama had this thing wrapped up three minutes into the game. AJ McCarron and Eddie Lacy had their way with the Irish from the opening snap and built an insurmountable 21-0 lead just seconds into the second quarter.
By the half Alabama led 28-0.
Like they’ve done in most games this season, the Tide went to a clock-management offense in the second half. This could have been a 56-0 loss if that’s what Saban wanted — 42-14 will do just fine.
The Crimson Tide sealed its dynasty with its most dominant championship game performance yet — though a lot of that had to do with Notre Dame’s ineptitude.
A commentator made the statement that Notre Dame didn’t play its game. I would say Notre Dame couldn’t play its game because Alabama wouldn’t allow it.
Alabama’s first quarter stats told the story.
McCarron completed 8 of 9 passes for 112 yards and a score while Eddie Lacy picked up 72 yards and a touchdown on eight carries. As a team, Alabama had piled up 202 total yards and 11 first downs.
Notre Dame, on the other hand, had 23 total yards and one first down.
Alabama’s win makes seven straight BCS championships for the SEC.
On Monday, the SEC could have sent any of six representatives and got a similar result.
Alabama, Georgia, Texas A&M, South Carolina, LSU and Florida — and possibly Vanderbilt and Ole Miss could have handled the Irish.
Unfortunately for the Fighting Irish they drew the SEC’s best — Alabama.
The Irish were completely dominated on both sides of the ball making for one of the all-time blowouts in BCS championship game history — only USC’s 55-19 win over Oklahoma in 2004 was worse and that win has been vacated.
How easy was it for Alabama against Notre Dame? The Tide’s scoring drives went for 82, 61, 80, 71, 97 and 86 yards. That will wear down any defense.
Last year I said I never wanted to see an All-SEC championship game again. After this year’s mismatch, that would be a welcome sight.
Johnathan Bentley is the Sports Editor at the Daily Mountain Eagle. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.