What other news websites around the country said about Alabama’s 42-14 win over Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship Game. This is the third of three posts, each of which will include four reports:
New York Times
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — They called the football game played here Monday night a national championship, a title clash for the ages, epic, monumental, historic.
Then Notre Dame kicked the ball off.
Then Alabama drove down the field, unimpeded, as if out for a nighttime stroll. It all went downhill from there, for Notre Dame and for those interested in the most overhyped college football game in years. Instead, this national championship ended early, almost immediately, in a flurry of Alabama touchdowns that allowed the Crimson Tide to seize their third title in four seasons, 42-14, with all the ease predicted by the oddsmakers, sapping this game of all competitiveness or drama.
This was “Rudy,” the sequel, after he stumbled onto Elm Street.
Alabama jumped to a 14-0 lead after one quarter and opened up a 28-0 advantage by the half, as Notre Dame fans streamed for the exits and the beer lines. Afterward, Alabama fans held newspapers with the headline “BAMA! AGAIN!” and chanted “S!E!C!”, as defensive lineman Quinton Dial grabbed the school flag from a cheerleader and sprinted across the end zone.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — In the final moments before kickoff Monday, college football’s major award winners were honored on the field at Sun Life Stadium. Manti Te’o, who’d carried home a boatload of trophies back in December, was absent.
Nothing much changed once the game started.
Alabama’s 42-14 rout in the BCS national championship game came at the expense of Notre Dame’s vaunted defense, and its emotional senior leader. As the Crimson Tide running back tandem of Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon pounded away, ripping through big holes opened by Alabama’s offensive line, Te’o was essentially a nonfactor.
He’d been back in the locker room during that pregame presentation, but after kickoff, the middle linebacker who was a Heisman finalist and won the Nagurski, Butkus, Lott and — well, it was a lot of trophies — missed tackles and just plain missed his moment. And the subpar performance might impact his NFL Draft prospects.
The Wall Street Journal
No one could argue with a straight face that the University of Alabama’s nearly perfunctory reign over the rest of the country hasn’t been earned with superior recruiting, defensive schemes, animal sacrifice and whatever else goes into making a college football program that much better than the competition. But it’s sort of a drag, isn’t it?
Weeks of brow-beating and promo-cutting and moaning about the unfairness of math ends up with this–yet another national championship game in which Alabama reduces the manic unpredictability of sports into indisputable fact. It took less than a quarter for the Crimson Tide to prove themselves undoubtedly better against the University of Notre Dame in Monday’s BCS title game, scoring on their first drive by going farther than any team had against the famed Fighting Irish defense this season and scoring again on their next two possessions.
By the end of the first quarter, most of the fun came by rifling through all the Twitter kvetching over how Oregon might’ve played better, how Knicks-Celtics was a better watch and how creepy it was for Brent Musburger to keep openly obsessing over AJ McCarron’s girlfriend on the telecast. The 42-14 final score told the story of yet another game where the Crimson Tide made somebody good look like a seventh-place team from the Sun Belt Conference.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — AJ McCarron was trying to get back to the locker room, trying to escape a confetti-strewn field after winning a second straight BCS national championship for Alabama.
Then the celebrated quarterback saw one of the Tide’s backup tight ends walking briskly toward him and froze in his tracks after Monday night’s 42-14 win over Notre Dame at Sun Life Stadium.
Corey McCarron, a sophomore transfer from the University of South Alabama, slapped a bear hug on his older brother and shared their first championship moment together.
“In my eyes, he’s the best quarterback in the country,” the younger McCarron said. “I might be biased, but I think he shows it in the big games. That’s when he plays the best.”
In shredding the top-ranked Irish on college football’s biggest stage, the elder McCarron finished 20 of 28 passing for 264 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions.
“He showed me what we already knew, what y’all should have known,” said tight end Michael Williams, who caught a 3-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter. “He’s a great quarterback, a great leader and very efficient. He does his job to the best.”