Alabama Keeps The SEC On Top

For the seventh consecutive year, the Southeastern Conference has delivered the BCS National Championship. And three of those seven have come via performances of Coach Nick Saban's Alabama Crimson Tide. Here are notes on the game in Miami Gardens, Fla., where the Crimson Tide defeated Notre Dame, 42-14, Monday night.



SEC teams have never lost a BCS Championship Game to a team outside of the league. The SEC is now 9-1 in BCS Championship play with the lone loss last year when Alabama defeated LSU for the title at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.

The seven consecutive championships include in addition to Bama's three titles two by Florida and one each by LSU and Auburn.

The 80,120 who crammed into Sun Life Stadium was a record for any event in the home of the Miami Dolphins.

There's a good chance some of those in attendance were cheering for local boy Amari Cooper. The freshman receiving star for the Crimson Tide from Miami had six catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns.

No one could question the selection of tailback Eddie Lacy as the offensive MVP of the game. The junior tailback rushed for 140 yards, averaging 7 yards per carry, and scored a rushing touchdown and also had 17 receiving yards and another touchdown.

But Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron, the MVP of last year's BCS National Championship Game, was certainly a contender. In becoming the first quarterback to win two BCS Championship Games, McCarron completed 20-28 passes for 264 yards. His four touchdown passes extended his Alabama record to 30 TD passes this year. He has suffered only three interceptions, none against Notre Dame.

With another season to play, McCarron has also become the all-time career leader in touchdown passes at Bama, passing now for 49. John Parker Wilson had thrown for 47.

He became the first Alabama quarterback to throw a touchdown pass in a BCS National Championship Game. The Tide did not have a passing touchdown in BCS wins against Texas or LSU.

Alabama improved its record under Nick Saban to 62-3 when leading at the half. The Tide's margin at intermission was 28-0.

Alabama increased its school record of consecutive games in which the Tide scored to 156.

Notre Dame had allowed only two rushing touchdowns all year. Alabama came into the game having scored two or more rushing touchdowns in 11 games, including eight in a row. Bama got two rushing touchdowns (Lacy and T.J. Yeldon) against the Irish.

Lacy and Yeldon became only the third duo to rush for 100 yards each in a BCS National Championship Game. The Tide's Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson did it in the game at Pasadena at the end of the 2009 season and Florida's Percy Harvin and Tim Tebow did it the previous year against Oklahoma.

Lacy's 20 carries for 140 yards ranks fourth in BCS Championship Game history and Yeldon's 21 carries for 108 yards ranks 14th. In Bama's win over Texas at the Rose Bowl, Ingram had 22 carries for 116 yards (ranking ninth) and Richardson had 19 for 109 (12th).

Lacy's first quarter touchdown was the first first quarter touchdown allowed by Notre Dame this season.

Alabama's 10-play, 97-yard touchdown drive at the start of the third quarter is the longest drive in BCS National Championship Game history. It also gave Alabama a 35-0 lead which is the largest shutout lead at any point in any BCS title game.

Alabama entered the game having scored 34 unanswered points in BCS National Championship Games (including shutting out LSU, 21-0, last year). By opening up a 35-0 lead, the Tide extended that record to 69 unanswered points.

Notre Dame's 14-0 first quarter deficit was the greatest ever by a number one ranked team in a BCS National Championship Game.

Alabama scored touchdowns on each of its first three drives, the second time that has been accomplished in BCS national title game history. Florida did it in 2007 against Ohio State.

The team that has scored first has now won three of the last nine BCS national title games, including two in a row. Obviously, Alabama scored first in the shutout win over LSU last year. Florida vs. Oklahoma in 2009 scored first and won the game.

Alabama is now 1-1 in BCS Games played in South Florida. The Tide lost to Michigan, 35-34 in overtime, in the Orange Bowl at the end of the 1999 season.

Wide receivers Kenny Bell, who broke his leg against Auburn, and Chris Black, who has missed all year with a shoulder injury, were both dressed out and going through pre-game drills.

Dressed in warm-ups were three injured Crimson Tide players: running backs Jalston Fowler and Dee Hart and defensive back Jarrick Williams.

Officials for the game were from the Pac-12.

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