Last month saw Alabama downplaying talk of a college football dynasty, but it took just a few minutes to prove once again that Nick Saban’s program is operating on the highest level.
Alabama took home its third national title at Sun Life Stadium, eclipsing the previously winner, Notre Dame, 42-14 in a BCS national championship game that never seemed competitive.
“This is the dream match, the most important game of the year,” ABC’s Chris Schenkel said inΒ the final minutes of the game, before handing off to Howard Cosell, who took the hype and ran with it. “Notre Dame-Alabama. At Notre Dame, football is a religion. At Alabama, it is a way of life.”
The matchup of college football’s famed brand names fizzled practically from the kickoff, reports USA Today.
The winner scored touchdowns on its first three possessions and had already had a 35-0 lead through the third quarter.
“I don’t think words like dynasty are words that I’m interested in,” Saban said. “We’re interested in accomplishment and consistency and performance.β
“I would say that regardless of the result that this team achieved, that they exceeded every expectation we had for them. … They were able to repeat. That is hard to do. That is very, very hard to do. It takes special people with a special character and a special will.”
The Crimson Tide (13-1) won a seventh consecutive national title for the Southeastern Conference and earned head coach Nick Saban his fourth overall, putting him within range of the Alabama famed coach Bear Bryant’s six.
It worth mentioning that the winner team lost five starters on offense and seven on defense from their rivals that beat LSU in last year’s matchup, but Saban regrouped with just one slip-up: a 29-24 loss to Texas A&M and eventual Heisman winner Johnny Manziel on Nov. 10.
Meanwhile, Notre Dame had no chances of victory against Alabama’s physicality and speed. The defeated team seemed to be unable to stop either Lacy (140 yards, the offensive player of the game) or quarterback AJ McCarron, who threw for four touchdowns and completed 20 of 28 passes for 264 yards.
The Fighting Irish (12-1) had a nice strategic plan to test Alabama’s secondary but gained just 124 yards in the first half and only crossed midfield once.
The Tide players seemed almost to take the title in stride. Asked whether the program could be called a dynasty now, McCarron responded:
“Everybody’s got their own opinions. You can label us what you want. I just know this team has worked hard to get to the point where we’re at. I couldn’t be more proud of these guys.”
For Alabama, which will return the core of its defense and several skill players next season, the victrory reminded one more time that this run of greatness isn’t slowing down.
Nick Saban avoided talking on the issue, or how he would savor what his now a historic coaching resume.
“I’m really , really happy with the team win we have,” he said, smiling. “We have a lot of great players and they did a great job. I’m proud of these guys. I’m happy for them. I want to win the game for them. It’s their legacy.”