For three hours Notre Dame, the team with the No. 1 ranked defense in the nation, could do nothing to get AJ McCarron and the Alabama Crimson Tide off balance. In fact, the only thing that rattled McCarron occurred when the Bama QB was fielding questions in front of his locker after the 42-14 win had given the Crimson Tide its second consecutive BCS title and third in four seasons.
Any honest account of Alabama's romp over Notre Dame begins where all of Alabama's championship triumphs have begun: Up front, in the trenches. But any telling that omits the emergence of Bama's big-play passing game is incomplete.