by Luke Douglas

In the 2013 BCS National Championship game in Miami Gardens, Florida between #1 Notre Dame and #2 Alabama, the stage was set for a slugfest between two of the top programs in the nation with Alabama having 9 AP National Titles and Notre Dame having 8 AP National Titles.  Notre Dame's last title was in 1988 when they went undefeated under Coach Lou Holtz with Alabama being #17.  Notre Dame became the first unranked team at the beginning of a season to play for the national title. In previous meetings, the Irish dominated with a 5-1 record with Alabama's lone win against ND coming in 1986 with a 28-10 win at Legion Field in Birmingham.

However, Alabama came into this game as the reigning National Champions having defeated LSU 21-0 in the 2012 BCS title game and had won the 2010 BCS National Championship Game beating the Texas Longhorns 37-21.  Alabama was looking to make history by being the first team to win three out of four years since Nebraska won in 1994, 1995 and 1997.

When the dust had settled, there was no doubt in anyone's mind that Alabama was the 2012 National Champions as they completely dominated the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.  Led by Offensive MVP running back Eddie Lacy who scored one touchdown rushing and one receiving with 140 yards on 20 carries, the Tide offense did just about anything they wanted.  Notre Dame's vaulted defense couldn't handle the offensive line led by All-American center Barrett Jones who played on an injured foot.  A. J. McCarron threw for 264 yards and four touchdowns that broke a school record for career touchdowns with 49 TD's which passed John Parker Wilson's 47 TD's.  His favorite receiver for the game was the highly-touted freshman Amari Cooper who caught six passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns.  Heisman trophy finalist Manti Te'o was a non-factor throughout the game as the offensive line and backs either blocked him out of the play or the running backs simply ran through his tackles.

The Tide defense led by Defensive MVP linebacker C. J. Mosley, stifled the Irish thoughout most of the game although the Irish did mount two substained drives that ended in touchdowns in the 3rd and 4th quarters but the game had already been decided.  Freshman QB Everett Golson as well as the ND backs were contained for much of the game and the Irish only had 32 rushing yards.

With the win, Alabama extends it's lead in AP National Titles to 10 and overall National Titles to 15. 

First Downs 16 28
Total offense, plays - yards 55-302 73-529
Rushes-yards (net) 19-32 45-265
Passing yards (net) 270 264
Passes, Comp-Att-Int 21-36-1 20-28-0
Time of Possession 21:47 38:13

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