*I know I haven’t posted in a while; I haven’t had my computer. I’m not sure how good this is, but here’s my first draft on my story about tonight’s game. Roll Tide!*
The Repeat vs. The Undefeated
On Monday, Jan. 7, two of the most historical programs in college football met each other in Miami to play for the BCS National Championship. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish was looking to finish its perfect season while the Alabama Crimson Tide hoped to become back-to-back champions. The latter prevailed, beating the Irish in a beat down of 42-14.
t was a game of unexpected twists and turns, especially by Alabama junior running back Eddie Lacey who ended the night with 140 yards and the Offensive MVP title. True freshman running back TJ Yeldon also finished the game with over 100 yards, as did true freshman receiver Amari Cooper and redshirt junior quarterback AJ McCarron, contributing to the Tide’s 529 total yards. With chunks of yards coming from multiple players, Alabama was able to keep its offense balanced with 264 rushing yards and 265 passing yards. Needless to say, the Tide dominated in all areas of the game.
Surprisingly, the boys from Tuscaloosa were especially in control of the line of scrimmage. Leading up to the game, Notre Dame’s defensive front seven was raised as the best in the country and blessed with the ability to stop the run. The Irish were not so blessed against the Tide. Alabama’s offensive line was able to open hole after hole up the middle to allow the running tandem of Lacey and Yeldon to dominate. Another surprise came whenever Heisman finalist Manti Te’o missed a tackle, which happened quite often. This did not help in Notre Dame’s efforts to slow down the Tide’s running backs.
There were several stars of the night but those who stand out the most could not be farther apart. Two true freshmen were essential to the Tide’s victory: running back TJ Yeldon and receiver Amari Cooper. Both produced over 100 yards and led the offense to drives of 82, 80, 97 and 86 yards, longer than any other drive the Irish had allowed all year. Fifth-year senior center Barrett Jones was a star in his final game for Alabama as he contributed to the Tide’s successful running game. He also helped out his quarterback by not allowing a single sack all game. The center could not have ended his college career on a higher note.
After this game, Bama fans have reason to be proud. Their team overcame adversity to not only repeat but also play for a national title despite a regular season loss. Also, as head coach Nick Saban put it, the Tide was five yards away from losing their number two spot to the Georgia Bulldogs. However, that no longer matters, for Alabama has taken the number one ranking back and rightfully so.