Alabama wrapped up its 10th national championship of the wire service era, winning its third national championship in four years with a 42-14 thrashing of No. 1 Notre Dame in the BCS title game.
The Tide became the third program in history to win three in four years, the first team to do it in 15 years.
“I am satistifed with this team. They were never entitled. I’m proud of what they accomplished. Now we’ve got to go to work on next year,” said Bama coach Nick Saban after the game.
Hungry Notre Dame fans showed up among the largest Sun Life Stadium crowd in history (80,120). Its team, not so much. Four seconds into the second quarter, Alabama had as many points (21) as ND had given up in the last two months. Alabama’s 92 rushing yards at the end of the first quarter equaled ND’s season average per game.
The margin of victory was the second-largest in a BCS title game.