Notes From Tide BCS Title Win

Much was made of the fact that Alabama had never defeated Texas going into Thursday night's Bowl Championship Series National Championship Game. The Crimson Tide had a 0-7-1 record against the Longhorns. But five years ago, Texas came into the BCS game against Southern Cal, a team the Longhorns had not defeated in four meetings, and won that game in the Rose Bowl Stadium.

So Alabama got its first win over Texas with a 37-21 win over the Longhorns for the national championship.

Alabama is now 14-0 for the first time in Crimson Tide history.

Bama ran its record to 5-2-1 in the Rose Bowl Stadium. The Crimson Tide had a 4-1-1 record in Rose Bowl games and lost a regular season game to UCLA in the stadium.

Alabama's appearance in the BCS Championship Game marks Bama's NCAA best 57th bowl game. The victory is Alabama's 32nd, currently tied for first with USC.

The meeting of number one Alabama against number two Texas was the 49th in college football history. Number one has won 27 times, the second ranked team has won 19 times, and there have been three ties. It was the sixth time Alabama has been involved in such a game. In 1971, number two Alabama lost to number one Nebraska, 37-6, in the 1972 Orange Bowl. Bama's 1978 team was ranked second and defeated number one Penn State, 14-7, in the 1979 Sugar Bowl. Alabama was number two and defeated number one Miami, 34-3, in the 1993 Sugar Bowl to win the 1992 national championship. Last year, Alabama was number one and lost to number two Florida, 31-20, in the Southeastern Conference Championship Game. This year Bama was number two and Florida number one in the SEC title game and Alabama was a 32-13 winner.

Thus, Alabama's overall record in one vs. two games is 4-2. As a number one team, the Tide's record is 1-1 when ranked number one against number two, and 3-1 when ranked number two and against number one.

Alabama has a 9-2 record over Associated Press top 25 teams over the past two years. This was Alabama's fourth win this year over a top 10 team (Virginia Tech, LSU, Florida which was number one, and Texas which was number two).

SEC teams have now won four consecutive BCS National Championship Games. Florida won in 2006, LSU in 2007, and Florida last year.

It was Alabama's first BCS bowl victory. Bama had previously lost to Michigan in the Orange Bowl and Utah in the Sugar Bowl in BCS bowl games. (Alabama's wins in those bowls were before the BCS was established 11 years ago.)

Mark Ingram became just the second Heisman Trophy winner to be on the winning team in a BCS national championship game. Ingram was the game's Offensive Most Valuable Player after rushing 22 times for 116 yards and two touchdowns. Lineman Marcell Dareus was the game's Defensive Most Valuable Player.

It was Ingram's eighth game to rush for 100 or more yards this season, which is an Alabama record.

With Trent Richardson joining Ingram as a 100-yard rusher (Richardson had 19 carries for 109 yards and two touchdowns), it marked just the second time a team in the BCS Championship Game has had two 100-yard rushers. Tim Tebow and Percy Harvin did it for Florida last year.

Dareus' interception return for a touchdown was just the fourth "pick six" in BCS Championship Game history.

The 24 points scored by Alabama in the second quarter was the most points scored by any bowl team in one quarter this year.

Alabama set BCS Championship Game "negative records" for fewest pass attempts by a winning team with 12 and fewest total yards with 263.

It is the second time Nick Saban has coached a team to the BCS National Championship. His 2003 LSU Tigers won the crown. Saban has coached Alabama to 26 wins in the past 28 games.

Alabama's 24-6 halftime lead made it look like it was going to be easy, but it was a nail-biter. Nevertheless, it's worth noting that Alabama has a 29-1 record when leading at halftime. Bama has won 22 consecutive games when leading at the half. Alabama's only loss under Saban when leading at halftime came on November 3, 2007, when the Tide had a 20-17 halftime lead against LSU before losing 41-34.

The team leading at the half is 11-0 in BCS National Championship Games.

The game was witnessed by 94,906, the most of any bowl game this year and the most in BCS Championship Game history.

Keith Jackson, the legendary college football broadcaster for ABC, tossed the coin to start the game. The coin had a script ‘A' on one side and the Longhorn emblem on the other. The ‘A' came up and Alabama won the toss. The Tide elected to receive.

Alabama's next game will be September 4 when the Crimson Tide hosts San Jose State and newly-expanded Bryant-Denny Stadium. Capacity at Bryant-Denny Stadium will be something over 100,000.

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