Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Alabama dominant in every aspect
By ESPN Stats & Information
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AJ McCarron had plenty to celebrate on Monday night.
Dominate on the ground, dominate in the air, dominate with defense.
Alabama left no doubt as to its status as the nation's best team with a 42-14 romp over Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship.
Alabama became the first school to win back-to-back BCS championships and won its 34th bowl game, the most of any team. It succeeded where three other teams trying to win back-to-back BCS Championships failed.
Let’s take a look at the other notes that go with this decisive triumph.
Alabama has won 10 national championships in the “poll era,” since 1936, the most of any team. The SEC has now won seven straight BCS title games.
The Crimson Tide are the third school to win back-to-back consensus national titles since 1950 (the first year of the coaches' poll).
Alabama has won six straight bowl games when ranked No. 1 or No. 2.
Nick Saban now has four national titles as a head coach, tied with John McKay and Frank Leahy for the second-most by any coach in the poll era. The only coach with more is legendary former Alabama coach Bear Bryant, with six.
This was the fourth straight championship for teams from the state of Alabama. Auburn has one of them. Alabama has the other three.
Notre Dame set a school record for points allowed in a bowl game. It fell to 0-4 in BCS bowl games, 5-1-1 all-time as the AP No. 1 team against AP No. 2 teams, and 6-2 all-time vs Alabama.
McCarron and Cooper have record days
AJ McCarron became the first starting quarterback to win two BCS titles, let alone two in a row. He threw for four touchdowns and set the school record for career touchdown passes (49), breaking the mark set by John Parker Wilson.
McCarron had excelled in play action all season, and Monday was no different. He was 10-for-14 for 146 yards and two touchdowns (one to Amari Cooper, one to Michael Williams) on play-action throws.
McCarron finished the season with a 70 percent completion rate on play action, with 13 touchdowns and no interceptions.
McCarron was also able to pick apart Notre Dame with deep throws, going 6-for-9 for 161 yards and two touchdowns on passes that traveled at least 15 yards in the air.
Cooper broke the school record for touchdown receptions in a single season, topping the mark of 10 previously set by Al Lary in 1950. Cooper also broke the school record for most receiving yards by a freshman.
Entering the game, Notre Dame had allowed only two players to rush for 100 yards against them this season.
Eddie Lacy rushed for 140 yards, six shy of the BCS championship record for most by a running back (146, set by Beanie Wells of Ohio State). T.J. Yeldon added 108 yards on the ground on 21 carries.
Alabama dominated running in two-tight-end sets, with 194 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries in that alignment.
Alabama outrushed Notre Dame 265-32 for the game. The Tide had a season-high 125 rush yards after contact. That was the most allowed by Notre Dame this season.
The Irish entered the game allowing 63.3 yards after contact per game this season. Yeldon (71) and Lacy (46) both had more yards after contact than Notre Dame had total rushing yards.
The defense was pretty good, too
Alabama shut down Notre Dame in the first half. To put that in perspective, consider this stat: Alabama scored four first-half touchdowns. Notre Dame ran four plays in Alabama territory in the first half.
Saban's Alabama teams have not allowed a touchdown in the first half of their three BCS Championship appearances.
Stat of the Game
Notre Dame had not allowed a touchdown drive longer than 75 yards all season. It allowed four in the BCS championship game.