Herb Gould’s quarter-by-quarter updates
BY HERB GOULD firstname.lastname@example.org
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 07: Dee Milliner #28 of the Alabama Crimson Tide breaks up a pass intended for DaVaris Daniels #10 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish causing Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix #6 of the Alabama Crimson Tide to intercept it during the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship game at Sun Life Stadium on January 7, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
THIRD QUARTER — Alabama 35, Notre Dame 7
Notre Dame finally got on the scoreboard on a two-yard run by quarterback Everett Golson with 4:08 left in the third quarter. That made the score Alabama 35, Irish 7. But ND’s 85-yard, nine-play drive at least averted a shutout. Notre Dame’s 14-0 deficit after one quarter was the largest by a No 1 ranked team in BCS title game history. Alabama went ahead 35-0 with 7:34 left in the third quarter on a 34-yard touchdown pass from McCarron to Amari Cooper.
HALFTIME — Alabama 28, Notre Dame 0
Alabama led 28-0 after a first half in which it had its way with the Irish. Tide running T.J. Yeldon scored from one yard out on the first play of the second quarter to make the score 21-0. On the next possession, Notre Dame made its deepest penetration of the first half, reaching the Alabama 39. Brian Kelly, who had talked before the game about the importance of being aggressive, called a deep pass on fourth-and-7 at the 39, but Everett Golson’s throw to T.J. Jones was well-covered and and fell incomplete. An 11-yard TD catch by Lacy made the score 28-0 with 31 seconds left in the half.
SECOND QUARTER — Alabama 14, Notre Dame 0
Scoring on its first two possessions, Alabama jumped out to a 14-0 lead on Notre Dame with 6:14 left in the first quarter. Eddie Lacy scored the Tide’s first TD on a 20-yard run. It was only the third rushing touchdown allowed by the Irish this year, and the longest of the three. The second Alabama score came on a three-yard pass from A.J. McCarron to Michael Williams. The Crimson Tide outgained ND 202-23 in building their 14-0 lead after a dominant first quarter. That included a 90-7 advantage in rushing yardage.